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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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King Henry V Sword

#501780
The Only Henry V Sword that Replicates the Gold Inlaid Pommel of the Original

This sword from Windlass Steelcrafts is a precise replica of the iconic sword of Henry V. Like the original, it's a relatively short weapon, designed for fast cutting and thrusting. The blade is slightly hollow ground and the edge is sharpened at the factory. It's beautifully balanced and feels lively in the hand. The pommel is hollow like the original and is appropriately gold plated in the recesses, and has red enamel crosses emblazoned on each side (we used enamel instead of paint for the sake of durability). An accurate, fully functional replica of a true battle sword once used by the king of England. A design with just enough flair for a sense of elegance, but no doubt a pragmatic, effective cutting weapon. Includes top-grain leather scabbard and belt.
$369.95

Sword of Baldur

#501781
We've designed this classic Viking sword as a tribute to Baldur, son of Odin and Frigg. The leather grip is laser engraved with three runes that we feel most befit the Norse God: Courage, Protection, and Strength. The 1065 high carbon steel blade is etched with runes that roughly can be translated as "Baldur", and arrives sharpened from the factory. The leather sheath has an integral belt. The sheath is covered with a layer of black suede and adorned with lace. The throat and chape bear a Viking symbol for the sun, as Baldur was known as a shining light to all who knew him.

$394.95

Guinegate Sword

#501695
We replicated this sword years ago (decades ago, actually!) after photographing the original at an auction and being awed by its graceful design. We delightfully bring it back, but this time with a gorgeous new scabbard and belt that befit its lovely air of elegance. The high carbon steel blade employs the high center ridge of the original that enables cutting and thrusting with equal efficiency. The pommel and guard are beautifully finished brass, a subtle design counterpoint to the camel bone grip. The reddish-brown scabbard and belt are constructed of thick leather with brass fittings, for a sumptuous method of sword wear.
$389.95

Hanwei Sword of Saint Maurice

#501772
Dating back to the 11th and early 12th centuries, this sword has an inscription on the guard reading 'CHRISTUS VINCIT, CHRISTUS REGNAT, CHRISTUS IMPERAT.' (Christ Conquers, Christ Reigns, Christ Rules). Made by Hanwei.
$356.95

Hanwei / Tinker Sharp 9th Century Viking Sword

#501761
The Hanwei / Tinker Sharp Viking Sword has a wonderful feel that’s sure to capture the wielder's attention.
$279.95

Hanwei / Tinker Sharp Early Medieval Sword

#501759
The Early Medieval Single Hand Sword is a perfect example of the classic, cruciform sword.
$279.95

River Witham Sword

#501753
This blade is an accurate reproduction of the sword pulled from the River Witham in 1788. Made by Paul Chen / Hanwei.
$244.95

Cromwell Sword

#501747
This sword has a mortuary style hilt and is an accurate replica of the sword owned by Oliver Cromwell. Made by Paul Chen / Hanwei.
$389.95

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Guinegate Sword

I remember eyeing the catalog pictures 30 years ago and then they stopped making it. I'm so glad it's back! It is stunningly beautiful. Everything fits tightly together (no rattling) and the profile on the blade is as beautiful as I hoped for. The sheath is quite stunning as well - especially the buckles and hardware. No skimping there. Yes the sword is not well balanced - the blade is heavy but it is solid and sharp. If I were to add one improvement it would be to add brass trim at the top of the sheath if for no other reason than to give that classic "klink" sound when the sword goes into the sheath. But the bare leather is cut to fit the cross guard perfectly. I am so glad I have this sword after 30 years of waiting.
Reviewed by: Jay, May 06, 2022

Review of: Cawood Viking Sword by Paul Chen / Hanwei

This surprised me … the workmanship is great; the lines are even & where they’re supposed to be; and I like it !

The balance is superb; it cuts well  though it’s not blade heavy … & the point tracks your gaze

It behaves like a similarly sized Type XV or XVIII

One of the best swords I’ve acquired in 35 yrs of collecting
Reviewed by: Judge Joe, March 12, 2022

Review of: Cawood Viking Sword by Paul Chen / Hanwei

A beautiful recreation of the original that feels good to wield and looks great on my side. I've worn it as the centerpiece for a couple Viking/Saxon outfits and it definitely draws the eye, in and out of the scabbard. My only small gripe would be that the scabbard is only glued, not stitched, in the back.
Reviewed by: Shannon, March 08, 2022

Review of: Guinegate Sword

I bought this sword from your first run..... It is absolutely beautiful. The prettiest sword of my entire collection.... I am now drooling over the new scabbard and hoping that you might offer the scabbard as a stand alone item to owners of the original run of this wonderful blade. Any chances....!?
Reviewed by: Chris, July 16, 2021

Review of: Guinegate Sword

I bought this sword the first time MR created it.  I have been giving talks in schools for over 40 years about the "Dark Ages" and have used MR swords.  This sword has always been a great hit with my students, it has a great look, the feel is like an extension of the arm not a dead weight hanging out there.  The students love the look of the hilt and the ridge down the center for armor piercing.  When I pull out my book on the Wallace Collection and show them almost identical sword, they know it isn't some "Hollywood sword" but it is like the "real thing".  That is what I have expected from MR from the days of Hank R. to today.  I know who ever buys this sword will enjoy having in their collection as I do.
Bob H
Reviewed by: , February 11, 2021

Review of: Serpent's Tongue Damascus Sword

Beautifully crafted & absolutely flawless
Reviewed by: CODY, January 18, 2021

Review of: Hanwei / Tinker Sharp Early Medieval Sword

Received this item today, so these are simply initial thoughts and impressions.

It looks pretty good. No defects noted yet. Sheath is black leather, not sure if genuine leather or not. Nice cap on the bottom with a flat tip for resting the sheathed sword on the ground. Draw is fairly easy, but with a nice snug fit with a fair amount of resistance. Sword does rattle a bit in the tip of the sheath.

Grip appears to be made of the same leather as the sheath. Pommel is very shiny. Smears and shows any amount off fingerprints or oil from the hand quite easily.

Now for the fun stuff. I haven't done much with it yet, but I did give a few practice swings.  Appears to be quite well balanced.  Balance point is approximately 5 inches above the crossguard. As to be expected from 5160 carbon steel, the blade is bendy. Like, very, very springy and bendy. The blade is sharp, but not super sharp. Blade gradually increases in sharpness as you proceed to the tip, all as expected.

All in all, I'm fairly pleased. So far, I feel I got exactly what was advertised and expected.
Reviewed by: Jacob, November 19, 2020

Review of: Damascus Marshall Sword

def one of my best and fav sword and I have a house decorated with new and old weapons my house is a mancave, thx god I don't have a GF or wife it would ruin everything.
Reviewed by: Nick, November 06, 2020

Review of: Damascus Marshall Sword

I ordered two of these instead of one Robert bruce sword this marshal sword is to sweet not to have two.
Reviewed by: Nick, October 07, 2020

Review of: Cawood Viking Sword by Paul Chen / Hanwei

This is an amazing replica! The sword is an absolute joy to look at, swing, cut and just plain enjoy. It came with a good edge right out of the box, but a few minutes with a whetstone put a great edge on it.
As soon as I picked the sword up, I knew that I was holding a fine sword. I could imagine what a 13th Century warrior felt as he (or she... Shield Maidens are historic fact) drew this weapon before battle. A certainty that THIS sword will serve well in the coming battle!
The balance is superb. Enough blade presence to let you make dynamic cuts yet feels light in hand and very responsive. The sword seems to almost lead you into the strike and follows every intention. The down-turned quillions give a distinct feel of defensive ability and the acute point makes this sword very capable of both cutting and thrusting making it a superb weapon in the melee. Easily one of the best swords available at any price!
- Rick Miller
07/02/2020
Reviewed by: , July 03, 2020