Renaissance weapons were not very different from medieval weapons. Swords and daggers were still widely used, even if they were more evolved than the war tools of the Dark Ages. Newer weapons that were to play a major role in later human history were entering the scene, such as firearms but they were not yet reliable. Cut and thrust swords were prominent in battles during the early Renaissance and giant two-handed swords like the Zweihander also saw action. Further, the rapier was fashionable among the civilians if not the military as a duelling weapon and status symbol.
Other weapons included the one-handed war axe and the two-handed battle axe, which were popular with the Celtic warriors. War hammers and maces were also favored. Another much-appreciated weapon was the pike, a long and narrow thrusting spear that could be up to 25 feet long. Then there was the dagger, such as the Continental main-gauche (off-handed dagger) which was a rage in England in the 16th century. Museum Replicas carries a fantastic range of these Renaissance weapons, including an array of daggers, stilettos, main gauches, war hammers, and maces. Each product in the selection is fashioned by the best craftsmen in the industry and contains excellent detail. They are perfect for the weapon collector or re-enactor.
This dagger sports a thick diamond section 1055 high carbon steel blade, with a finely formed down-turned guard with stepped decorative finials and a large ring guard. Multi-wrapped metal chain grip. Matching soft black leather covered scabbard included. Overall length 19-1/4 inches.
This Renaissance period short sword (or long dagger) has a sharpened, double-edged 1055 high carbon blade. Highly engraved guard and pommel, hand-carved rosewood grip. Leather scabbard with engraved steel throat and chape included. Overall 20-1/2 inches.
This circa 1550 replica mace proves that weapons can be art. Although pleasing to the eye, it is deadly in function. By the 1500's hundreds armor had become very good protection from most weapons, but that was not the case with an eight bladed mace like this one. This expertly reproduced steel mace has a brushed finish. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.
This royal dagger features a long 1055 high carbon steel, full tang blade with a heavy spine for strength. Contoured, hard wood grip and fishtail type pommel. Includes brown leather sheath with metal throat and tip. Overall 19-1/2 inches.