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Short Swords & Cutlasses

Short swords have seen usage throughout history, from the Legionnaires to Renaissance squires and pirates. In ancient armies, short swords and large shields were a standard armament of the soldiers who fought against the long sarissa pikes of phalanxes. Limitations of copper, bronze, and iron regulated blade length at first. Later, the swords developed across many cultures leading to different types and shapes. After steel had become a common metal used to make bladed weapons, short swords stayed in use as with the Roman gladius which was an effective stabbing weapon.  

Museum Replicas offers a range of classic short swords. From the most famous of all short swords, the Roman Gladius, to the iconic Iberian Falcata, as well as cutlasses spanning the Renaissance to the American Civil War. These include pirate, English, Scottish, and Civil War naval cutlasses. High carbon steel has been used for most of the blades in the selection, making our short swords robust and able to maintain a good edge.

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Scottish Basket-Hilt Cutlass

#500920
This cutlass has a double edge for the first 9" of the blade and has a basket-hilt for protection. Includes scabbard. Overall 31-1/2 inches.
$214.95

The English Cutlass

#501405
This replica has a hand forged, high carbon steel blade and a solid brass guard. Leather scabbard with brass throat and tip. Overall 30-1/2 inches.
$169.95

US 1860 Naval Cutlass

#500152
This Naval cutlass exhibits a hand-forged 1065 high carbon steel blade. Features leather frog and includes scabbard. Overall length of 31-1/2 inches.
$189.95

Classic Hoplite Sword

#500734
This Greek Hoplite sword has a leaf shaped, high carbon steel blade. Steel guard and pommel with leather covered wood grip. Includes leather covered wood scabbard. Overall 28-1/2".
$164.95

Gladius - Maintz Pattern

#500360
DEAL OF THE DAY!
This gladius in the maintz pattern has a faux ivory grip with ornate brass applique on the scabbard. Overall 28 inches.
$129.95 $214.95

Gladius - The Pompeii

#500598
This is the shortest version of the Roman swords and the most popular one. It has parallel cutting edges and a triangular tip. Turned ash and maple handle. 2" wide. 28 inches overall.
$194.95

Falcata

#500062
This Celt-Iberian Falcata sword features a blade made from 1065 high carbon steel. The handle is solid brass. Includes scabbard. Overall length of 25-1/4 inches.
$194.95

Pirate Captain's Hanger Sword

#500968
This Hanger is made of antiqued brass and has a steel hilt. Includes scabbard. Overall 32-1/2 inches.
$189.95

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: The English Cutlass

This Cutlass is very well made.  Fit and finish was great.  Only problem I had with it at all is the guard/grip is pretty small.  If you have larger hands at all this is not the weapon for you.
Reviewed by: Andrew, November 03, 2019

Review of: The Corsair Cutlass Barbary Pirate Sword with Leather Scabbard

This blade is a lot of fun. It has a great balance and a nice over all feel. It is well executed except for the pommel notch on mine was slightly off from the guard. Should be an easy fix though. The baldric is a nice addition. I am very happy with my purchase.
Reviewed by: Dan, September 30, 2019

Review of: The Corsair Cutlass Barbary Pirate Sword with Leather Scabbard

Love this Short but heavy blade.  Made for chopping.  The feel is great and the look was just what I was looking for. The suede baldric looks and feels much better then what you see in the photos.  Not my first sword from Museum Replicas nor will it be my last.
Reviewed by: Andrew, September 16, 2019

Review of: Hobbit Sting Scabbard

I was very nervous with Sting and no scabbard. It was almost like holding a loaded gun. This quality scabbard changed everything. Now it is safe to have laying around, carrying it, or handing it to someone to check out.  The sword Sting is being called a dagger, but I have read a lot of discussion on the subject. They say any dagger with a blade 14.5 inches long or more is a short sword. I agree.
Reviewed by: Darrell, August 31, 2019

Review of: Hobbit Sting Sword of Bilbo Baggins

This is a very good quality sword. I have been studying fencing, so I feel that the low carbon steel would be better for a real fighting sword, but it would certainly work. I think that quality is the most important aspect of any product and this fits in there nicely. I am not hanging it on my wall because I like to look at it often and I lock it in a gun safe when I am not around. Darrell, August 31, 2019
Reviewed by: Darrell, August 31, 2019

Review of: The English Cutlass

Quality sword and excellent workmanship.
Reviewed by: Marc, August 29, 2019

Review of: Scottish Basket-Hilt Cutlass

Nice sword , has a good weight to it. As with all the Windlass items I have purchased over the years high quality and affordable.
Reviewed by: noland, August 22, 2019

Review of: Pirate Captain's Hanger Sword

Simple, light & quick. This is a great little short sword. Well assembled. Tight fightings. The aging on the guard/pommel and the scabbard hardware is well applied and does not look cheap. I highly recommend this piece.
Reviewed by: John, August 09, 2019

Review of: Scottish Basket-Hilt Cutlass

I love the size and weight of this sword. Ideal for close quarters combat, this well constructed sword is another great Windlass addition to my collection. Very happy with the purchase and highly recommend this sword.
Reviewed by: John, July 24, 2019

Review of: Gladius - The Pompeii

Great Gladius
As I already own the Mainz Gladius, couldn’t wait to get my hands on this Pompeii version. Once again MR, you delivered on this.  As always, I ordered this sword sharpened. Sword came well packaged and in great shape. Love having these two Gladius displayed together to see how they differ in blade shape and detail. Both are well balanced and feel good in the hand. This sword is my 12th sword purchase from MR and won’t be my last.
Reviewed by: Steven, July 23, 2019