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Historical Swords

A historical sword was a symbol of bravery and prestige. Not just anyone could have one. They were earned and with them came respect. Swords literally carved out kingdoms throughout history. Tough, functional, and effective in hand-to-hand combat, they were the choice of royalty, knights, men-at-arms, and peasants alike.

Many use the term “battle-ready swords,” but what does that mean exactly? Essentially, they are hand-forged, fully functional blades made of high-carbon steel that can perform like the originals. Unlike stainless steel, this can be too brittle to handle a true battle situation. Historical swords can be used in training and live reenactments. Use common sense though, if bashing edge-to-edge. Use the right tool – a theatrical blade with rounded edges and tip. Historical swords are the kind of blades used in medieval and Renaissance fairs, Civil War reenactments and shows for fencing and simulated battles. High-carbon spring steel is generally the strongest material used in blade making and we feature 1065-1095 on our site. It is the steel of choice for battle-ready swords, which can then be hand forged and tempered. We offer a good selection of historically accurate functional blades from the US Revolutionary War and Civil War to more current military offerings. To hold a functional full-tang blade is to come face to face with history. They look like the originals, were made like them, and flex and balance like their historic counterparts.

Products featured on Atlanta Cutlery and its sister website Museum Replicas include historical swords from the ancient Greek, Rome, Viking, Medieval and the Renaissance periods up to the American Civil War. Fancy yourself a Musketeer or knight errant? How about a Spanish conquistador or marauding Viking? Maybe a Roman Centurion? One hand, two hand, bastards, rapiers, and cut-and-thrust were all choices men made when conflict loomed. You’ll find what you need for your persona, collection, or reenactment. Made from originals when possible, we’ve captured the little details for authenticity and maybe, more importantly, the function these blades were meant for.

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Faithkeeper - Sword of the Knights Templar

#501691
This medieval Crusader sword has a deep fuller on both sides of the high carbon steel blade, which has been pierced with a cross at the ricasso. Also features an engraved guard and inset coin in the pommel. It comes with a matching leather scabbard and belt. Comes factory sharp.
$394.95 $315.96

Runic Long Seax

#501531
This Viking knife has a 23" long blade decorated with runes. Leather-wrapped grip and matching brown leather scabbard and two hanging straps. Overall length 29-1/4 inches. Comes factory sharp.
$194.95 $155.96

Windlass Classic Bastard Sword

#501510
This hand and half sword can easily accommodate two hands. Large, but amazingly light and well balanced, this high carbon steel sword has a darkened pommel and cross guard. Arrives sharpened from the factory.
$294.95 $235.96

The Christus Imperat Rapier

#501471
The pierced forward plates of this sword's hilt depict birds among foliage, the slender bars of the guard have an upward loop to catch an opponent’s blade and the heavy pommel allows for a balanced feel. The blade is etched on both sides of the ricasso CHRISTUS IMPERAT.
$349.95 $279.96

Roman Centurion Gladius

#501430
This Roman Gladius has a hand forged high carbon steel blade and comes factory sharp. Antiqued parts are solid wood with metal accents. Baldric & scabbard included. Overall 28 inches.
$244.95 $195.96

The Freedom Fighter Early Scottish Claymore

#501421
This two-handed Claymore has a blade made expertly of 1065 high carbon steel. Features leather-wrapped handle. Overall length of a massive 61 inches.
$349.95 $279.96

Brandenburg Rapier

#501409
This 17th-century dueling rapier has a hand forged, steel blade with a flattened oval cross-section. A heavily carved horn grip mimics the twisted metal of the hilt and has a single steel accent wire that provides an excellent grip while dueling. Includes leather scabbard. Overall 44-1/4 inches.
$349.95 $279.96

Windlass Oakeshott Type XIV

#500972
This medieval arming sword features a blade that swells slightly at the top to put more weight in the hand to improve its cut and thrust capabilities, making for a very fast sword. Arrives sharpened from the factory.
$294.95 $235.96

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Maintz Pattern Gladius

Excellent Maintz pattern gladius, one of my favorite swords of all time. Makes you almost feel it was 2000 years ago swinging it. Will be buying the Pompeii pattern next
Reviewed by: Kevin, June 26, 2021

Review of: Musketeer Rapier

Nice piece!  The problem for me is that I am to small to fit it!!  At five feet seven inches with a thirty two inch sleeve it is more blade than I can handle. Still, it is dammed impressive!
Reviewed by: mark, June 24, 2021

Review of: Damascus Short Sword

Fit and finish good,handle fits my hand better than the Talon,also a good blade, I like Damascus style blades and this one came sharp. Another fine blade from MR/AC. dlb
Reviewed by: David, May 26, 2021

Review of: Damascus Short Sword

It was very nicely made and looked amazing. Love the Damascus pattern. Nice balance and weight. Atlanta Cutlery & Museum Replicas have always delivered quality items. This is my 9th purchase over the past 30 years, so I should know.
Reviewed by: Tristam, January 05, 2021

Review of: Damascus Short Sword

This short sword has a beautiful damascus pattern,It came very sharp ,watch out cleaning off the grease, got a cut doing it. the handle is well done although a bit slick. It fits the scabbard well.All in all a great value .There was a made in pakistan sticker on it. This sword is is as well made as any i have purchased.
Reviewed by: kenneth, April 17, 2020

Review of: Damascus Short Sword

absolutely gorgeous! first, a big thanks to the fulfillment and shipping crew: I only used standard shipping and received this item in 2 days! what an amazing bonus! the bone/wood handle is beautiful and the grip feels very natural. the blade arrived with the standard factory edge - just enough to make you wanna sharpen it a little more on your own. the included scabbard is a nice variation from the standard issue and with a few tweaks has transformed for over-the-shoulder carry. great piece, great price.
Reviewed by: matthew, August 09, 2019