Air Force Saber Shadow Box

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06-20-2012 12:39 PM

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I have a commission for a Shadow Box to display a Air Force Saber. The only problem is that the box will be a gift and I do not have access to the sword. My question to you fellow Lumberjocks is, does anyone out there know where I can find the length, blade thickness and width? The box it’s self is no biggie, it’s the braces that will hold the sword that I am concerned with. If I make it two wide the sword will roll and to narrow it will not fit. I am thinking the two braces will be similar to the old “shotgun rack”. If that makes any since. I can probably sketch something up if that would help, but mainly all I need is the blade size.
Thanks in advance for any info you guys have.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#1 posted 06-20-2012 01:08 PM

try this link for some measurements: I think you will have to ask the owner the length, because there are a few different ones, it seems.

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#2 posted 06-20-2012 02:44 PM

Why couldn’t ya use rare earth magnets to hold the blade? Just a thought.


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#3 posted 06-20-2012 04:49 PM

I am an Air Force officer – you will need to find out which model. Outside the Academy the Air Force doesn’t really use sabers like the other services do.

There is a designated “USAF Officer Sword” and then there’s teh US Army Officer’s Saber. There is NOTHING in USAF regulations about the wear, let alone the model, of saber/sword to be worn. Without the regulations to go by there is actually some confusion as to which to wear. Traditionally NCOs wore swords, and officers wore sabers (outside of cavalry). As the USAF has its roots in the US Army Air Corps, there are a mix of unofficial guidance.

FYI – just in case you don’t know, a sword is straight, a saber is curved.

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#4 posted 06-20-2012 09:06 PM

Considering the above I think the earth magnets suggested by Bill White sounds like a good idea.

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#5 posted 06-20-2012 09:30 PM

Rare earth magnets would be your best way to go on this one Joey…..

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#6 posted 06-21-2012 12:29 AM

Thanks for the idea’s everyone. I think I will incorporate the magnet idea into the work somehow. That’s one of those things that is really obvious after someone mentions it.

Thanks again.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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