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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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Pirate's Companion Sword - Left Handed

#501382
This pirate sword exhibits a 1065 high carbon steel blade. Features brass basket and hardwood grip. Overall length of 32 inches.
$164.95

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.
$148.95

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.
$179.95

Battlecry Hattin Falchion

#501508
This medieval chopper sword is made from 1065 steel with a darkened, battle-hardened finish, and extra wide tang. Includes a matching scabbard with belt stop. Overall 30-1/2 inches.
$234.95 $325.00

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
This gladius in the maintz pattern has a faux ivory grip with ornate brass applique on the scabbard. Overall 28 inches.
$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

Top Customer Reviews

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

Review of: Spartan Lakonia Short Sword

Excellent quality. Sword. Appears heavy to hold, by the balance is very good.
Reviewed by: Edward, December 21, 2018

Review of: The English Cutlass

This Cutlass is great bought for my 15 yr old son for his birthday. He's going to love it.
Reviewed by: David, December 09, 2018

Review of: Hobbit Sting Scabbard

I figure this is a must have if you have Sting.  It is well made, looks good, and fits nice.  Good accessory.
Reviewed by: Kenneth, November 26, 2018

Review of: Hobbit Sting Sword of Bilbo Baggins

I am a big fan of J.R.R. Tolkien so I had to have this.
This is a really nice wall hanger.  The blade is made from stainless steel and because of that, it will not corrode very easily.  That is great for a display but makes it a little to brittle to use to slay orcs or chop wood.  I personally would prefer a high carbon steel, This sword looks great and I figure that is what most folks will want out of this anyway.
Reviewed by: Kenneth, November 26, 2018

Review of: Gladius - Maintz Pattern

Just received this sword and scabbard.  Both are amazing works of art!  No flaws, extremely sharp, and looks like it is ready to go on campaign anywhere in the empire.  I would recommend this to anyone looking to add a Roman piece to their collection.
Reviewed by: Ray, November 09, 2018