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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 short swords. The classics are all covered. For instance, we have the most famous of all short swords – the Roman Gladius. In fact, there are different types of gladius in the selection. Also, there are two other iconic swords of the pre-Roman period – the Greek Hoplite Sword and the Iberian Falcata. Don’t forget to check out the cutlasses which covering the Renaissance and 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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Battlecry Centurion Gladius

#501564
This pre-sharpened blade is made from 1065 high carbon steel with a darkened, battle-hardened finish, extra wide tang. Comes with a matching scabbard with belt stop, custom packaging and certificate of authenticity. Overall: 29 inches.
$234.95 $325.00

Elven Short Sword

#501394
This short sword is made of the highest grade stainless steel and sports highly detailed solid metal parts. The grip is wrapped in black leather and silver wire. Flame engraving adorns each side of the blade.
$49.95 $59.95

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Gladius - The Pompeii

I just received this Gladius. It was shipped promptly and extremely well packed. The sword overall is well made and balanced like a typical Roman sword, for stabbing. The scabbard is a little flashy, but decent. Even unsharpened this thing is a deadly weapon, great for reinactments or display. Five stars for the price verses quality.
Reviewed by: Terry, March 21, 2019

Review of: Golden Coast Cutlass

Nothing bad to say about this cutlass.  One of my best !
Reviewed by: Philippe, February 21, 2019

Review of: Battlecry Hattin Falchion

This blade is beautiful!  The black parts have a varied pattern to it that makes it look like stone instead of metal.  It's well worth the money if this is the type of blade you're looking for!
Reviewed by: Lisa, January 24, 2019

Review of: Classic Hoplite Sword

This blade is exactly what I had hoped it would be. It is well balanced and quick in the hand. Everything is tight and solid.
Reviewed by: Dan, January 23, 2019

Review of: Gladius - Maintz Pattern

excellent blade
Reviewed by: William, January 22, 2019

Review of: Hobbit Sting Sword of Bilbo Baggins

Greatly impressed with workmanship, attention to detail, and style. Not planning on going after any bad-guys with it, but with its scabbard, it looks great on my wall.
Reviewed by: HOWARD, January 15, 2019

Review of: Hobbit Sting Scabbard

Excellent companion to Bilbo Baggins' sword. Great fit to the blade and made exceptionally well.
Reviewed by: HOWARD, January 15, 2019

Review of: Gladius - Maintz Pattern

This Mainz Gladius is my 5th sword I’ve bought from MR. Once again, I’m very happy with my purchase. Sword was received in perfect condition with a very sharp edge. Very authentic detailing, fine balance and great looking. Give it 5 stars and recommend to anyone interested in the classic Roman sword.
Reviewed by: Steven, December 29, 2018

Review of: Gladius - Maintz Pattern

This is my third sword I’ve bought from MR and once again very happy with the quality of my purchase. Gladius looks great with my other swords in my display. Look forward to my next purchase.
Reviewed by: Steven, December 23, 2018

Review of: Scottish Basket-Hilt Cutlass

With this kind of mass to a short blade, one might expect a cleaver-like feel, and it certainly has authority in short, chopping strokes. But what surprised me was the effortlessness of thrusting. The big basket makes the tip feel almost...floaty?

I know others have noted looseness in the scabbard fit, but mine felt snug. Really a pleasure to look at and handle.
Reviewed by: Jeffrey, December 21, 2018