Poking about on the web after reading of the demise of Wilkinson I got this site: WKC Solingen from an ARRSE link, selling cutlery. It seems to mainly specialise in American and continental types with only RN and infantry pattern British swords being offered. On the "Care" page though it says the following: Now while American swords might be purely ceremonial - indeed, many of them look like kids' toys - I was under the impression that British swords were made to the last pattern designed for a given troop-type and should therefore be capable of functioning in that role whether made last year or a century ago. In fact a collector once told me that was why he liked to collect British swords of all periods, they were designed for fighting not "poncing about with". So then, my question is: Are modern swords still specified in such a way that if the Great Unwashed came rampaging down the road you could set about them with your sword having paused only to put a bit of an edge on it?