Although these Lion Crest hangers are sold as sword hangers, I think they would only work for larger swords with long hand guards. However, I did not purchase them for hanging swords, but rather for spears and javelins, or even for polearms and war hammers. They are very strong and expand outward so that a shaft can lay in them on the wall. This helps keep a spear or javelin from bending out of shape from leaning against a wall over time and also keeps it up off the floor. Nice also for displaying polearms, either horizontal or vertical. (Spears would be horizontal with these hangers.) Overall, just a really nice looking hanger.