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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, Claymore, 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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Acre Crusader Broadsword

#501509
This medieval Broadsword is made from 1065 high carbon steel with a darkened, battle-hardened finish, extra wide tang and tempering to a low 50s RC. This one handed, battle ready weapon comes sharp, includes a leather scabbard. Overall 39-1/4 inches.
$264.95 $325.00

European Sword

#500664
This battle-ready, one-handed sword has a tapered, high carbon steel blade. Small wheel pommel and a curved, stout crossguard. Wood grip is cord and leather wrapped. Includes leather scabbard. Overall 40 inches.
$194.95

Model 1850 Union Staff & Field Officer's Sword

#500124
This highly ornamented saber has a blade made of 1065 high carbon steel. Features wire wrapped leather handle and brass guard with hand chased foliage. Overall length of 35 inches.
$149.95

Stiklestad Viking Sword

#500670
This viking sword is made from high carbon steel. Pommel and guard are decorated with copper. Leather covered wood grip. Complete with scabbard. Overall 37 inches.
$244.95

Sword of Locksley

#501560
This sword has a blade made of 1065 high carbon steel. Features antiquated hilt, ringed metal and black leather grip, and pommel cross encrusted with a rich green stone. Ornate scabbard. Overall length of 41-1/4 inches.
$348.95

1860 Light Cavalry Union Saber

#500618
This saber has a hand-forged blade made of 1065 high carbon steel. Features wire wrapped leather handle and stout steel scabbard. Overall length of 41 inches.
$129.95

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

1917 Saber

#501483
This saber features a blade made of 1055 carbon steel. Guard is crafted from heavy guage steel plate and handle is made from rose wood. Overall length of 36 inches.
$204.95

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Munich Sword

This is the one I'd grab off the wall!

It has very different balance as noted by other reviewers, most swords demand a glove/gauntlet be worn to "come alive" but this one more than most.

It really is a "Guard Sword" it wants to be held up to guard your face ready to deliver a right cross or skull bash.
The blade is heavy enough to break a drunken fops rapier and quick enough deliver a few nasty cuts of your own with a point that will pierce light armor with ease!
Reviewed by: Matthew, June 16, 2018

Review of: Viking Ulfberht

I picked one of these up recently as the deal of the day at a very reasonable price. I was looking for something close to a 11th century Norman sword due to having ancestors that moved to England from France in 1066.

The lettering although true to a type 2 Vulfbehrt seems a bit cheap, like paint in etching, but true in spelling to high carbon steel swords of the time.

The scabbard holds the blade well but every time i use it the blade is drawn having what looks like sawdust on it.

Typical Windlass issues, but for around $200 you really can't expect a top name brand that uses C and C methods and it is something I would use with no hesitation.
Reviewed by: Philip, May 18, 2018

Review of: Ashdown Viking Sword

I just got this sword and I have to say, I was really surprised how great this sword felt in my hand. The grip was big enough for even my "ham hock" size hand! LOL i ordered it sharpened and I think I can shave with this thing, too. Great quality and awesome piece for the price! Thanks!
Reviewed by: David, May 04, 2018

Review of: Acre Crusader Broadsword

Lovely blade. Heavy, but decent balance and a tough edge with excellent flexibillity and a nice scabbard make it an awesome buy. Need to get more battlecry blades. This one is quite nice.
Reviewed by: Grant, May 02, 2018

Review of: Falchion Sword

I just received my Falchion from MRL, when it went on DoD I had to grab it, despite some reviews calling it a battle machete or poorly balanced ( which seems to be a misconception of the historical Falchion)  I was surprised to hold a wonderful weapon.  The PoB is about 4 and a half from hilt, good for a slicer but handles well in the recovery and is not the "medieval machete " many reviews called it.  It is a slicing sword, and is balanced as such.  The nice heavy pommel aids in recovery as well.  Very nice piece, would definately recommed.
Reviewed by: Brian, March 30, 2018

Review of: The Accolade Sword of the Knights Templar

The craftsmanship of this blade was impeccable.  I ordered this sword on December 29th, 2018 and received it on March 28th, 2018. Three months was a small price to pay for such a well-made sword!

Reading some of the other reviews here, and even seeing some of the videos covered on this product on YouTube had worried me a bit after ordering, though having the sword in hand made me smile.  It completed defied any of the negative rumors, and I was pleasantly surprised to find it surpassed all of my expectations.

For someone like me who belongs to a Living History Group, a seriously under-rated feature of this product is the scabbard and sword-belt.  This belt is not only beautiful, but functional.  Past belts have dramatically sagged from the weight of pouches, swords, and other trinkets/bobbles.  This girdle is one of the finest upholstery I've ever warn. I can put it on once over my armor, and be sure I will never have to readjust it until it comes time to take it off. Marvelous!

The blade itself captures the spirit of the Knights Templar. While it may be a bit more fantastical than what the majority of most Templars owned; historically speaking, it resonates the mantra of the Templar code, which to me is far superior to 100% flawless accuracy. That is not to dismiss this sword as being fictional.  It's components are very believable, and are affixed from a variety of different realistic sword styles.

The pommel, is a very nice touch. It adds nice counterbalance to the blade. More-over, the design upon the pommel's face is perfect.  It is important for me that a Templar sword have the Psalm 115 invocation, as well as the sigilum militum X pisti, and they managed to incorporate both.

They did a good job using actual Templar heraldry, and not just stereotypical cross shapes. this is a sword made passionately by medievalists, for medievalists. And I will maintain this was one of the best purchases I've ever made.

A special thanks to Museum Replicas and Atlanta Cutlery!
Reviewed by: Dane, March 29, 2018

Review of: Culloden Basket-Hilt Sword

Received this sword yesterday, and I couldn't be more pleased with it. The construction is outstanding, the balance and feel are perfect, and its more modern finish makes it ruthlessly effective and practical. I am very happy with this purchase, and the Battlecry line of products in general. I'm glad I talked myself into buying this, because I would've regretted missing out! For anyone that is looking for a practical Scottish basket-hilt that values functionality above everything, this is the blade for you!
Reviewed by: Christian, March 28, 2018

Review of: The Accolade Sword of the Knights Templar

As a descendant of a Templar Master, I couldn’t choose a better symbol to honour my lineage. When I purchased my sword, I decided to have it sharpened so it was true to the heart of the Templar code.
Because my sword is sharpened, I am unable to engage in combat, and I intend to purchase a second one unsharpened. When I take to the field of battle, I shall wear both swords, along with a finely crafted metal Templar shield.
I take my connection with the Templar order very seriously, as with other great figures of history from my family tree.
I have used my sharpened blade for testing the edge, for ease of use in combat, and those who say it is too heavy, I strongly disagree, the sword is well balanced, and can easily change direction of your swing while maintaining the same strength of the blow.
If you find it too heavy, then you need to strengthen both arms with practice.
Reviewed by: Michael, March 19, 2018

Review of: European Sword

This sword is amaizing, a bit heavy, but amazing. No defect on the guard, on the pommel, nothing, even the scabbard fit perfectly. What do you want more ?
Reviewed by: Alexandre, February 11, 2018

Review of: Sword of the Viking King

I own 141 swords in my collection the Vikings King Sword still my favourite.  I bought it mostly because of the nice attractive scabbard but actually love the look of this sword.  Maybe the small leather grip is not the best but overall I love it.
Reviewed by: Philippe, February 08, 2018