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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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Cold Steel Shamshir Sword

#501480
This Shamsir sword has a blade made of 1055 carbon steel and a handle of faux black buffalo horn. Black leather scabbard. Overall length of 36-1/4 inches.
$189.95

1917 Hybrid Cutlass

#501478
This hybrid cutlass has a blade made of 1055 carbon steel. Features sturdy guard and hardwood grip. Includes scabbard with copper and brass fittings. Overall length of 30-3/8 inches.
$249.95

1860 Heavy Cavalry Saber

#501474
This heavy sword has a 36" blade made from 1055 carbon steel with a hard spring temper. The guard is brass and the grip is wire bound leather. Double ringed, steel scabbard included. Overall 41-1/2 inches.
$239.95

Hobbit Orcrist Sword of Thorin Oakenshield

#501426
This sword has a blade made of AUS-6 stainless steel and which features an etched runic inscription. Hilt is crafted of solid metal parts and grip is made of acrylic resin. Overall length of 38-3/4 inches.
$181.95

The Accolade Sword of the Knights Templar

#502356
This Templar sword has a hand forged, high carbon steel blade. The grip is hand-wrapped with dark brown leather. Wooden scabbard & period belt included. Overall 40 inches.
$394.95

Viking Ulfberht Sword by Windlass Steelcrafts

#500864
One of the most significant medieval swords, our beautifully balanced replica has a high carbon steel blade that has been etched on both sides. The crossguard is steel and the with a Brazil Nut pommel. The grip is wood wrapped with leather. Scabbard included. Overall 35-3/4 inches.
$244.95

Nashville Plow Works Cavalry Saber

#501152
This replica saber has a full tang, 1065 high carbon steel, blade with a cast brass guard. Grip is black leather wrapped and twisted brass wire. Blackened steel scabbard included. Overall 39 inches.
$169.95

Model 1860 Union Cavalry Officer's Saber

#500188
This saber has a blade made of 1065 high carbon steel. Features wire wrapped leather handle, and brass three-branch guard and pommel. Overall length of 39 inches.
$159.95

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: De Joinville Sword

A great arming sword! The heavy pommel, large guard and wide blade base put the point of balance about 2" in front of the guard; this enables fast cuts and recoveries, and the puts the weapon's weight in the hand for solid, aimed thrusts.  I had mine sharpened by MR, and it arrived very, very sharp.  In addition, it is a beauty. My only complaint is that the scabbard is not a full wood core and the throat isn't symmetrical, so the sword only seats properly with maker's mark opposite the frog lug. That aside, this sword is easily worth the price, in beauty, balance, and deadliness.
Reviewed by: Shannon, September 01, 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

Review of: Shrewsbury Sword

Exceptional fine sword. Glad to have one before MR sells-out. Should have purchased long aqo. Well made, balanced and great looking on my wall. Recommend. Get one before they are gone!
Reviewed by: HOWARD, December 24, 2019

Review of: Shrewsbury Sword

This sword just arrived today and I'm very happy with it. Fit and finish on the sword and scabbard are all excellent, with no loose parts. The optional sharpening is nice and even. This is a pretty good-sized sword but the balance is excellent. The handle diameter is on the large size - not a serious problem for me, but if your hands are smaller (glove size medium or smaller) it might make your grip fairly open... Altogether a lovely sword!
Reviewed by: David, November 27, 2019

Review of: Shrewsbury Sword

The one I own was from their run in the early to mid 90's. But it's a great sword! I handled one of the new ones last May
Reviewed by: Edward, August 31, 2019