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A cutlass is a short sabre-type sword with curved, broad blade used primarily from the late 16th to mid 19th century. Some navies retained cutlasses in their arsenals into the 20th century, though they were rarely used. The weapon was a popular weapon for sailors and pirates, being easily usable in the close quarters of the interior of a ship, and proving useful both for slashing through flesh and bone, and for more mundane tasks such as cutting thick ropes. The weapon was also sometimes used as a machete to cut foliage and sugar cane in the West Indies. To this day, the term "cutlass" is used in Jamaica to refer to a machete.

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