I remember reading some account of life in the 16th and 17th centuries where it was written that: "T'was a rare man that went about without a weapon. Most carried large knives, staves and clubs of various kinds. However, the preferred weapon for the stout but untutored fighter was a heavy cutlass." Also, I watched a British documentary about life in Elizabethan England which stated that most urban young men carried a dagger and some carried swords. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFNCFMT6Tas Hence, my question is......from what you guys know or have been told by your grandparents, when exactly did the open carrying of close combat weapons become Gauche or socially unacceptably in America? Its my understandingn that frontier life endured in the US far longer than it did in the old world so the carrying of swords and such should have endured for far longer yes?