see also my post here: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showp...89&postcount=38
Many French and other european Gladius style infantry swords did not have the waisted and fullered blade of the US Artillery one. Even a brit one like in the other post of mine from the UK Land Transport Corps. French mid 19c and later ones had a flattened diamond x-section, no fullers at all.
an oddball one as another example: My Double edged 'Yataghan' blade, both edges sharp.