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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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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 $285.56

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.
$253.95 $203.16

Hanwei / Tinker Sharp Early Medieval Sword

#501759
The Early Medieval Single Hand Sword is a perfect example of the classic, cruciform sword.
$253.95 $203.16

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.
$207.95 $166.36

Cromwell Sword

#501747
This “mortuary” style hilt sword is an accurate replica of the sword owned by Oliver Cromwell. Made by Paul Chen / Hanwei.
$364.95 $291.96

Damascus Marshall Sword

#501736
Based on an original British museum piece, the Marshall Sword is the epitome of a single-handed broadsword. Replicated by Paul Chen / Hanwei in Damascus Steel.
$499.95 $399.96

Serpent's Tongue Damascus Sword

#501713
This fantasy sword has a Damascus blade with a "flame", the wood and bone grip has been embellished with brass pins and spacers and the guard has layers of stainless steel, brass, and wood accented with brass pins.
$129.95 $103.96

Sword of King Sancho IV

#501696
This replica ceremonial sword of King Sancho IV of Spain has a full tang 1065 high carbon steel blade. Features beautiful cast embellishments on the solid brass pommel and guard and a wood grip with inset cloisonne coats of arms. Includes a brown leather scabbard with brass parts and a heavy cotton weave belt.
$374.95 $299.96

Top Customer Reviews

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: Dragon Piercer Damascus Fantasy Sword

My husband  loved this sword, it was beautifully made and true to the picture.
Reviewed by: Krystal, November 08, 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: De Joinville Sword

Excellent sword. Well crafted, great shipping and packing. Only small glitch was that the shipping plastic protection wrapping discolored the pommel and guard. No problem. With a little Flitz, cleaned it up. Even with that, still 5 stars.
Reviewed by: HOWARD, August 21, 2020

Review of: De Joinville Sword

I received this today and I absolutely love it. It's a little shorter than I imagined but it's also lighter, as well. Yes, the pommel is rather large, but it brings things nicely into balance. The quillions are beautiful, the blade is perfectly polished, no scratches anywhere. Sharpening was great, too, no burrs, nice and even. The blade is a bit whippier than I had anticipated but it's perfectly fine and functional -- the shorter length of the blade makes up for it. Besides, that just means the heat treatment was done correctly. The peen is nice and rounded off. Everything fits nice and tight. The scabbard is okay, I like the dip it has at the top for the crossguard, and the antique look of the scabbard furniture is nice, too. Oh, and the wood on the handle is perfectly dyed and sandpapered smooth. All in all, a great purchase and a wonderful little short arming sword. Highly recommended.
Reviewed by: William, July 31, 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

Review of: De Joinville Sword

This is my favorite sword. It looks and wields like a real battle sword. There is a slight dip along the edge on one side.no big deal but now that i know that it is there i always see it. even so , This sword is a great buy.
Reviewed by: kenneth, May 07, 2020

Review of: De Joinville Sword

Of  all my swords  purchased  from  MR this  one  is  my  favorite .  It's  well made .  I had  mine  sharpened  and  engraved .  It's  very  sharp . It  balances 2" from the guard  while  makes  it easy  to  wield .  All steel  construction is a plus .  I like  the  design .
Reviewed by: Dennis, April 11, 2020

Review of: De Joinville Sword

This sword really pleasantly surprised me. The relatively simple design is elegant in its own way, even with the oddly over-sized pommel. It feels sturdy, rugged, like it's meant to be used instead of hung on a wall. It feels very light and nimble in the hand, though a bit hilt heavy (the pommel, no doubt....). The sharpening service was adequate and the fit and finish is excellent for this price range. I ended up actually liking the pommel as it effectively extends the grip to make this a hand and a half sword, essentially. Overall, very pleased and a good bargain for a trusty everyday carry sword.
Reviewed by: Jarod, April 07, 2020