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Renaissance Weapons

Renaissance weapons were not very different from medieval weaponsSwords 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.

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Mercenary Holbein Dagger

#404483
This double-edged dagger is lively in the hand and wickedly fast. The contoured grip is stained hardwood. Includes a leather sheath with hand-applied, antiqued steel reinforcing accents.
$109.95

Florentine Cinquedea

#404202
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.
$148.95

The Raven Rondel Dagger

#404209
This dagger has a long, straight triple-edged and blackened 1065 carbon steel blade. Rosewood handle with brass pins. File work embellished double dish guard and pommel. Matching leather and steel sheath with hanging chape included. Overall 16-1/2 inches.
$134.95

Italian Arming Dagger

#403599
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.
$89.95

German Mace

#600853
This arty circa 1550 replica is a functional eight bladed mace with a brushed finish. Overall 24 inches.
$109.95

Late Period War Hammer

#600636
This all-steel war hammer features a strong, tough spike that balances off the wide faced hammerhead. Cord-wrapped grip. Length 23-1/4". Weighs 3 lbs/4 oz.
$83.95

16th Century Italian Mace

#600624
This excellent mace has 8 flanges and is made from steel which has a black rust-protective coating. Bottom of the shaft is wrapped in black leather for an improved grip. Overall 24 inches.
$109.95

16th Century German Mace

#600626
This heavy mace has 8 flanges, made from steel that has a black, protective coating. Bottom half of the shaft is wrapped in black leather for an improved grip. Overall 24 inches.
$109.95

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: The Raven Rondel Dagger

Heavy, meaty, ready for battle. Something that is worthy of a knight. This is a thing of beauty. The pictures don't do it justice. The bluing really sets the look of the contrasting bright corners of the blade. The dark brown handle does the same for the brass studs.

This was the first Cold Steel product that I have purchased and I was impressed. The factory packaging was great and offered excellent protection. The fit and finish is very good.
Reviewed by: Wilson, July 20, 2019

Review of: The Raven Rondel Dagger

The Cold Steel Raven rondel dagger is a perfect example of a weapon designed purely for thrusting:  the strong, triangular-cross-section blade has no edges -- only a point that can surely pierce fabric, leather, or mail, and very likely plate of field-harness thickness.  It is a thrusting weapon pure and simple; additionally, since it has no edge to dull, it could readily be used as a parrying weapon.  Handsome and functional -- what more needs be said?
Reviewed by: Stanley, December 06, 2018

Review of: Florentine Cinquedea

I loved the detail on the pummel and most on the handle with the studs.  Fullers were symmetrical and the blade is sharp.  I highly recommend this to one who collects.
Reviewed by: Taher, September 10, 2018

Review of: Florentine Cinquedea

This is a truly well-done replica; beautiful, excellent workmanship and materials, fully functional. I'm extremely happy with this purchase and would recommend this to any dedicated collector of Medieval and Renaissance weaponry.
Reviewed by: Kevin, June 20, 2018

Review of: Florentine Cinquedea

This is a fantastic blade and a must for any collector. The craftsmanship from the tip of the blade to the pommel is great.
The scabbard is well made and the protective grease is easily removed. In the hand it feels like a much smaller blade.
Reviewed by: Richard J., January 08, 2018

Review of: Italian Arming Dagger

Although I had never seen this handsome dagger listed in one of the MR catalogues, I found it while browsing the website, and SHAZAM! I became intrigued.  Because of the length of the slim blade and the artistic values of the grip and pommel (which I would call "tulip-shaped," rather than "fishtail," a minor quibble) I expected this dagger to be lightweight; however, when it arrived and I could handle it, I found that my expectation was wrong:  this is a serious weapon with a battle-worthy blade and a solid heft. The thick medial ridge contributes to the weight of the blade and makes it a genuine armour-piercer capable of thrusting through a mail hauberk as if it were canvas.  The handle is beautifully contoured and provides a secure grip.  An outstanding dagger overall!  
Reviewed by: Stanley, August 18, 2017

Review of: Florentine Cinquedea

Absolutely beautiful. great balances. great detail.
Reviewed by: Robert, September 26, 2016

Review of: Italian Arming Dagger

An excellent and very sharp and sturdy blade!  There are minor blemishes in the fishtail hilt, but that's manageable with some very light buffing.  I purchased this along with the Venetian stiletto, and both measure up to their sales presentation.  As with any of the daggers, if you want to wear it without tucking it inside your belt, you'll need a frog. With my prior purchase of the Medici dagger, the Jambia, Seax, Coustille sword, and the Russian kindjal, I've pretty well wrapped up my requirements for short blades, but there are still many tantalizing products on my wish list.  Five stars!
Reviewed by: Allen, July 19, 2016

Review of: Italian Arming Dagger

very sturdy and quite impressive. solid feel and the point is razor sharp.
Reviewed by: Shawn, September 19, 2015

Review of: Italian Arming Dagger

Quality is spot-on. Will buy from this business again
Reviewed by: Paul, December 10, 2014