It is the perfect tool and weapon for a sailor because it is able to slice through ropes, but also is effective in close combat. The cutlass was an official weapon for the United States Navy until it was discontinued in 1949. The final version of the cutlass was created in 1917 by the United States Navy. 1917 Cutlass features the signature 25" curved blade and a half basket guard that’s stamped out of heavy 18-guage high carbon steel, and both the blade and guard are blued to resist rusting. The handle is made from carefully shaped hardwood, painted brown and secured to the tang by three heavy brass cutler’s rivets.
Vought is the name of several related American aerospace firms. These have included, in the past, Lewis and Vought Corporation, Chance Vought, Vought-Sikorsky, LTV Aerospace (part of Ling-Temco-Vought), Vought Aircraft Companies, and the current Vought Aircraft Industries. This knife is mighty! It can almost be a short sword. With the frog and blued blade it gives you the impression that this knife would have been perfect for the trenches in France during WW1. I guess that's why it was named the 1917 bowie. Built super tough I'm sure it will last a lifetime.