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Swords

Museum Replicas offers the finest selection of museum quality swords and sabers. In this section, you’ll find swords with distinctive styles and features to ensure you find a blade that suits your need and taste.

If you need a sword that will see you through battle after battle, pick one from our range of functional swords. For self-defense, nothing levels the playing field like a good sword cane and if you are looking for something to practice full combat safely while preserving the precious steel for the real battle to come, we have practice swords for you.

And of course, if you are just looking for a beautiful display sword, we have decorative swords made for collection and display in your office or den.

Need a sword no one else has? Why not become your own swordsmith and design a masterpiece from the scratch! Nearly all our blades are hand forged and evenly tempered with the state-of-the-art computer controlled kiln to ensure they withstand the test of time.

View this video for more information about care and maintenance of swords.

 

Create Your Own Sword

Old world craftsmanship meets new age technology in one of the most innovative ideas Museum Replicas has ever offered, Create Your Own Sword™! Using items from this section on our website, you will become your own swordsmith. Choose from a wide variety of beautiful parts, all manufactured by the artisans at Windlass Steelcrafts. By mixing and matching these parts hundreds of unique possibilities are possible. You can even have your medieval sword engraved, sharpened and choose a period scabbard. Our master craftsmen will do all assembly of your final sword design at our facility here in the US. Pommels are peened in place, not screwed like most mass produced swords. So, commence designing your own one-of-a-kind sword!

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Decorative Swords & Knives

Decorative swords make for excellent wall decor and displays, and can add something extra to any medieval costume or sword collection. Also, they are great as conversation pieces. Museum Replicas’ decorative swords are from leading sword makers from around the world, including Bermejo, Marto, and Windlass Steelcrafts. Our category covers different periods and genres, including Greek, medieval, and Renaissance

So, what exactly do we offer? Our history and fantasy-inspired selection houses swords from Viking and Scottish history and some beautiful pieces related to the Crusades. No sword collection is quite complete without ancient Greek and Roman blades, and so we have duly covered that base. Further, fantasy is well represented with swords from well-received works of the small screen and celluloid, such as Game of Thrones and Assassins Creed, and classic tales like the Arthurian legend and Robin Hood. 

We've made it easy for our customers to decorate a home or dress for an event like a wedding or party. Most of our swords are made of high carbon steel and other authentic materials and ready for the next crusade or to brighten your den or office. Forged by expert hands and state-of-the-art technology, we leave no stone unturned to provide you the very best! Browse our catalog today and walk away with something you can cherish for a long time.

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One-Handed Swords

One-handed swords were first developed by the Celts of northern Europe and the British Isles, who fought from horseback. Similar longer bladed swords were quickly adopted by the Romans in the form of the Spatha which was used by their mounted troops. One-handed swords saw use across Europe for cutting through mail armor and leather armor, and slashing (draw-cutting) for mounted and foot combat. As armor evolved in the High Middle Ages into complete suits of plate, the blades developed into more effective thrusting weapons. However, the swords were still capable of inflicting damage with slashing strokes on lightly armored rank and file soldiers. 

Museum Replicas offers an array of these fantastic weapons. For instance, the medieval period is well represented by swords of the Crusades and from Viking, Scottish, and Middle Eastern history. These include such weapons as the Sword of King Richard, Ulfberht, and Scimitar. Those more into the Renaissance will find the Schiavona and the Mortuary Half Basket Hilt Swords particularly enjoyable. Also, we offer a wonderful range of American Civil War sabers and swords. These are just a sample of the many excellent one-handed swords in the selection. Our products are made of high carbon steel and other authentic materials and forged with state-of-the-art technology, guaranteeing both substance and style! 

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Hand and Half Swords

The term hand-and-a-half is more a modern designation for a range of sword types that featured tapered blades longer than the standard shorter arming swords of the time but without the double-hand grips of larger, heavier war-swords. Many different swords fall into this category, and many of them are as maneuverable as they are surprisingly sturdy. Hand-and-a-half swords roughly fall into two categories. The first tends to have approximately six-inch grips with the blades generally between 34–36 inches. The second type is known as “bastard” swords with grips around five inches or so, and blades 30–34 inches long. Both are light enough to use one handed but allow for two handed use by gripping the base of the pommel. Blade shapes varied to the changes from the mail to full plate armor, but remained of a size that made them effective from horseback. 

Museum Replicas houses a collection of hand-and-a-half swords which includes arguably the most famous of all medieval blades – the longsword. We also offer other traditional swords of the period – the bastard sword and the war-sword. Just like our other swords, Museum Replicas’ hand-and-a-half swords are aesthetically pleasing and works of excellent craftsmanship. Check them out now! 

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Two-Handed Swords

Two-handed swords were known as war-swords in the early Middle Ages and used to destroy an opponent’s shield, shear through mail, and damage helms. They were called great swords during the High Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The blades tended to be slightly longer than regular swords, and capable of damaging full plate armor to the point where the opponent’s movements were substantially impaired. Technically though, the two-handed sword belongs to the Renaissance. These swords were so big – around six feet long – that, unlike previous versions, it was only possible to wield them effectively with two hands. They were surprisingly light at 4–6 lbs and used to counter weapons like pikes and halberds. 

Museum Replicas’ collection of two-handed swords encompasses a wide variety of period blades. Longswordswar-swords, choppers and claymores, but it’s not all history. Those inclined towards fantasy will find something as well. Most swords in our selection are crafted of high carbon steel, which makes them extremely hard and able to retain an edge. Our swords adhere to stringent specifications and are a worthy homage to the weapons of the medieval and the Renaissance periods. Browse, pick one, and own the battlefield. 

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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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Sword Canes

Sword canes first appeared in Medieval Japan. Use spread to Europe and continued into the  Renaissance as they were seen as a fashionable way to carry a sword discretely. Sword canes became even more popular in later years when thrusting blades came into fashion.

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Rapiers

The term “rapier” comes from the Spanish term espada ropera or “sword of the robes,” meaning they were primarily civilian weapons. These swords were faster and lighter in comparison to the others that came before them but far from the stylish blades depicted in television and cinema. In fact, rapiers were closer to medieval swords that preceded them and featured a slender body, a blade over an inch thick, and a heavy quillion. The shape of the rapier swords made them excellent for thrusting strokes and, in the right hands, they were deadly tools. 

The rapier collection at Museum Replicas includes an array of blades inspired by these beautiful weapons of the Renaissance. There are several great swords. If you are looking for the archetypal Renaissance rapier then check out the Swept Hilt Rapier, which was very popular during the late 16th and early 17th century. Another rapier takes inspiration from the ones used by the French Musketeers in the late 16th century. 

More than other sword types, the rapier lends itself to aesthetically pleasing designs, as you will see in our selection. The hilts and the pommels are beautifully crafted and so are the grips. High carbon steel has been used to make the blades.

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Samurai & Asian Swords

You cannot talk about Japanese history without mentioning the elite Samurai Warrior. Experts at fighting both on horseback and the ground, the Samurai lived by a strict code of ethics. Instilled with "freedom from fear", they trained rigidly and were considered an aristocratic warrior class.

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Practice & Theatrical Weapons

From the times of the Roman Gladiators, wooden swords have been used as a training tool. They allowed a warrior to practice full combat safely while preserving his precious steel for the real battle to come.

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Mastercraft Collection

These swords are crafted of the same tough steel and with the same care as the rest of our fully functional weapons, with extra features fit for a Noble.  Featuring engraved fittings, fancy scabbards and, for some swords, matching sword belts!

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Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Battlecry Maldon Viking Sword

I'd been looking at the Maldon Sword and matching Maldon Seax for quite some time before finally buying both to add to my collection. They arrived quickly and were well-packaged. Both are solidly constructed, well-balanced, and beautiful to look at. Both scabbards came with a nice leather frog, which was a pleasant surprise. Both blades are also very sharp and I can't wait to do some test cutting with them! Well worth the money!
Reviewed by: Randy, August 02, 2019

Review of: Stiklestad Viking Sword

This is a very nice version of a classic sword.  Light and easily wielded with one hand.  Balance is a bit forward, but provides the force needed for a slashing blow, as was intended.  Builds up strong wrists.  The detailing on the pommel is a nice touch.  I got the sharpening, and it is worth every penny.  Sliced straight through both sides of the box with barely more effort than the weight of the sword itself.  Very reasonably priced for the quality.
Reviewed by: Michael, August 02, 2019

Review of: Brandenburg Rapier

This is probably my favorite rapier in my collection. Very well crafted and simply stunning to behold. I cannot praise it enough. I'm very happy with this purchase.
Reviewed by: John, August 01, 2019

Review of: The Christus Imperat Rapier

One of my favorite rapiers. Simple, yet elegant. Light & nimble. My only gripe was that the leather scabbard must have had some moisture in the leather as it caused the blade to begin to ry=uat at the ricasso. I now leave it out of the scabbard.
Reviewed by: John, August 01, 2019

Review of: 17th Century Italian Rapier

One of my favorite rapiers in my collection. Very well made and a treat to weild. Only down side is the blade will rust at the ricasso when stored in the scabbard. Leather was still moist.
Reviewed by: John, July 31, 2019

Review of: Musketeer Rapier

Simply a beautiful rapier. Light, easy to weild and very elegant. A real museum piece. Highly recommend.
Reviewed by: John, July 31, 2019

Review of: Viking Ulfberht Sword by Windlass Steelcrafts

This sword is beautiful. Mine is very well put together and has an excellent peen. The balance and over all feel are great. If you are on the fence with this one...get off.
Reviewed by: Dan, July 29, 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

Review of: Viking Ulfberht Sword by Windlass Steelcrafts

Great Viking Sword
This is the second Viking sword I’ve bought from MR and again I am very satisfied with the product. Detail of both the sword and scabbard are amazing. Love the balance when I hold this sword. Sword came well packaged and sharpened as always. Thanks MR
Reviewed by: Steven, July 22, 2019