One-Handed Swords

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Landsknecht Katzbalger Sword

The flamboyantly dressed German Landsknecht mercenary lived a harsh, brutal life and were famous for their giant, two-hand Flamberge sword. After using the Flamberge to break an enemy's row of front-line pikemen, a smaller, one-hand sword was employed for the ensuing close-quarters combat - the Katzbalger. Not as fancy as its slightly frivolous looking (but nonetheless deadly) big brother, the Katzbalger (roughly translates to "cat-gutter") was still highly styled and was designed to be an effective cut and thrust sword.


King Henry V Sword

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.

Windlass Steelcrafts Langeid Viking Sword

When a new road was being constructed in the Langeid area of southern Norway's Setesdal valley in 2011, workers discovered an ancient Viking burial ground. Along with coins and a broadaxe, an archaeological team exhumed a startling, unique sword that hadn't seen the light of day for over 10 centuries. Thousands of Viking era swords, in various states of completeness, have been discovered in Norway, but not one of them has an elaborately inscribed hilt like the one exhibited by the weapon they found that day. Windlass Steelcrafts has replicated this amazing weapon, creating a fully functioning sword with a carbon steel blade that's battle capable like the original.


Sword of Baldur

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.


Hanwei Sword of Saint Maurice

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.

Hanwei / Tinker Sharp 9th Century Viking Sword

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

Hanwei / Tinker Sharp Early Medieval Sword

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

River Witham Sword

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

Exploring the world of 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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Top Customer Reviews

Review of: King Henry V Sword

This sword is great! It’s sharp and light weight. Easy to swing yet solid in hand. Impressive to behold but not flashy. An excellent addition to any collector or student of the Hundred Years War.
Reviewed by: Robert, June 21, 2023

Review of: Windlass British 1796 Pattern Light Cavalry Saber w/ Steel Scabbard

I was initially hesitant to purchase this sword, after reading some reviews on here and on YouTube.  Every review had positive things to say in regards to the weight,  shape, taper, design and overall quality of the blade. The thing that caused me to hesitant was the mention of quality of the fittings, guard and handle being loose or out of alignment.  Things of this nature.  I have to say that my sword is as perfect as you can expect for a hand forged sword under 400 dollars. The blade is exactly as stated, light, fast, fantastically balanced an sharp as a razor. It's so sharp its a little scary! The guard and handle are tight and perfectly aligned.  As far as the quality of this blade, for the price.  I have nothing to complain about! I'm very pleased.  Something to keep in mind,  the grip area of this sword is very small,  as a big guy with big hands I wish the grip was larger but that's just me and I have to say the handle dimensions are historically accurate,  I just have ogre hands!!!.
Reviewed by: George, March 13, 2023

Review of: Windlass British 1796 Pattern Light Cavalry Saber w/ Steel Scabbard

One of the most fun backyard cutters I've laid my hands on. Good feel to the blade - authority in the cut without feeling tip heavy. Good functional sharpness, although it could be more refined.

A lot of fun to move around, and the distal taper is executed amazingly well.

Biggest downside is that my scabbard is underweight, and has the plastic inserts typical to Windlass leather sheaths, and I don't think they belong on what is supposed to be a wood-core scabbard. Makes me wonder if the scabbard isn't actually wood-core at all!

I did a full review on YouTube:
Reviewed by: Kyle, February 10, 2023

Review of: 15th Century Falchion

I reviewed the Wakefield Hanger/Falchion in 4k resolution on YouTube: and the second part with extensive cutting can be seen at
The Wakefield Hanger is a highly accurate reproduction of an iconic English medieval sword, and it handles exactly as expected in cutting and fulfills its  role of an infantry sidearm perfectly. You can see the results in my video. The Wakefield Hanger/Falchion is particularly a joy with cut with.
Reviewed by: Kane, February 07, 2023

Review of: Windlass British 1796 Pattern Light Cavalry Saber w/ Steel Scabbard

I bought one of these after seeing Matt Easton's review, where he compared it to real antiques. This replica was made to be as accurate as possible, and for the price it's just unbelievable. This is a must have for anyone into replica swords. Mine arrived in just under 3 weeks.

Thanks to the distal taper and overall quality of the blade, it's very lively and just wants to whirl through the air. It is paper cutting sharp, and the included scabbard is lovely but just like the real one, you have to be very careful when drawing and sheathing the sword to avoid harm to the edge.
Reviewed by: Jason, January 08, 2023

Review of: 15th Century Falchion

Such a great representation of a Wakefield hanger, and a huge step up for Windlass in quality. Well worth the higher price. I really enjoy owning this sword.

I did a full video review on YouTube:
Reviewed by: Kyle, January 02, 2023

Review of: European 14th Century Arming Sword

I would agree that this is slightly overpriced at $600, but MRL has coupons floating around everywhere and sales a few times a year.

Addressing the critical review above, yes this sword doesn't fit modern standards of fit and finish, but it greatly exceeds most historical originals. I find the idiosyncrasies charming, but if you're after an art piece, then perhaps look elsewhere. The sword form is correct where it counts.  

The handling and performance however is up there with the best. After sharpening it (took about 20 minutes, the sword comes 85 percent done with a superb primary bevel- I was able to cut a bottle with the factory edge), I've run the sword through many different targets and through quite a bit of drilling- it handles and cuts with the best of them. It's a broad, powerful cutter. Point control is excellent. Expect a war sword.

The CoP is very broad and all vibrational nodes are well placed. The blade geometry is top notch. Being based on an original, the proportions are authentic and probably can pass as a decent wallhanger. Though, the markings on the blade leave quite a bit to be desired and do feel souvenir-ish (which technically this is), but if you're after a hard use sword, it probably won't bother you.

The scabbard is budget plus. The outside of the scabbard looks great, but the core of the scabbard is the same old overweight (but also over built) scabbard you'd get at this price point. It works though.

The presentation and box is premium, but I'd personally wish they'd ship it simpler and pass the savings on. If you're after a gift for someone, though, it'll impress.  The included wax is a nice touch.

This sword is a solid buy at retail and a bargain with a discount.
Reviewed by: Leelund, December 28, 2022

Review of: European 14th Century Arming Sword

The blade is superb!  Well balanced and plays nice in the hand.  Edge is blunt but would not take much to put an edge on it.  Well worth the price for an excellent sword!
Reviewed by: Dirk, December 26, 2022

Review of: 15th Century Falchion

This sword, Royal Armories I.x144 arrived well packed, I must say the inner box is lovely.  The blade is very nice and the sword rings when removed from the wooden scabbard or struck with a knuckle.  The grip and leather are well done.  The knuckle-bow is not inline with the blade  (slightly bent) however a reviewer from BC Canada mentioned that the original’s is also bent so I am fine with that.  The peen is not well done and has a very sharp lifted edge.  The guard, quillon, & pummel-cap have very sharp edges - in places cutting sharp.  The scabbard is well done but the rain flap modification to accommodate the “nail” stud/guard seems an afterthought and causes the rain guard to bulge awkwardly to one side.  My sword weighs 702 grams (verified on 3 different scales, I am fine with that lighter weight. Did I mention how lovely the blade is-good show Windlass on the blade.  The blade arrived unsharpened, the point is very very sharp, what a lovely blade.  Overall, fit quality needs to improve to get an A+ from me.  However at this price point I give it an A-  I am very happy owning this piece of history and really, it is, most likely,  a better sword than was the original at Royal Armories.

Bert Regards,
Tampa, FL
Reviewed by: Robert, November 21, 2022

Review of: 15th Century Falchion

Love this sword. I originally got the Royal Armouries backsword. It too was lovely, but I was looking for something a bit more nimble and fun. I wanted something handy to swing around with grace and ease- and cut light targets with. This IS it! The exchange process was flawless! Thanks MRL.
The bade is the highlight. So well formed. Love the hollow grind the needle-sharp point. The edge geometry is the best I've seen. This will not need much to bring it to slicing capacity.

I love how compact the grip is. It feels like a proper sword in the hand (comparing it to antique sabers and higher endish swords).

Fit is VERY good. It rings with only the slightest provocation. Guard is fit tightly, so far no hint of rattle. Scabbard is quite nice. Much improved from typical windlass. Nice smell and texture. Fits very snug, no hint of rattle. Draws with ease. Bronze chape is a BIT bulky for my tast but nicely done.

Finish: blade superb! Better than expected. Can tell its handmade (which I love, not a fan of machined 'perfect' lines, doesn't look right for historical objects IMO). Some small tool marks around peen and lug, again I like these small imperfections, feels organic/authentic.

Only complaint is pummel, lug and guard edges were way too sharp. The butt of the pommel could have cut skin. For the price this bugged me... I took a file, light sand paper and 30 minutes to CAREFULLY soften edges. Now it feels like a satin pillow in my hand. Visually, no one would not be able to see the difference after my touch-up...

All in all, YES! This is easily the favorite in my collection.
Reviewed by: Alex, October 29, 2022