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Short Swords & Cutlasses

Short swords have seen usage throughout history, from the Legionnaires to Renaissance squires and pirates. In ancient armies, short swords and large shields were a standard armament of the soldiers who fought against the long sarissa pikes of phalanxes. Limitations of copper, bronze, and iron regulated blade length at first. Later, the swords developed across many cultures leading to different types and shapes. After steel had become a common metal used to make bladed weapons, short swords stayed in use as with the Roman gladius which was an effective stabbing weapon.  

Museum Replicas offers a range of short swords. The classics are all covered. For instance, we have the most famous of all short swords – the Roman Gladius. In fact, there are different types of gladius in the selection. Also, there are two other iconic swords of the pre-Roman period – the Greek Hoplite Sword and the Iberian Falcata. Don’t forget to check out the cutlasses which covering the Renaissance and the American Civil War. These include pirate, English, Scottish, and Civil War naval cutlasses. High carbon steel has been used for most of the blades in the selection, making our short swords robust and able to maintain a good edge.

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Pirate's Companion Sword - Left Handed

#501382
This pirate sword exhibits a 1065 high carbon steel blade. Features brass basket and hardwood grip. Overall length of 32 inches.
$164.95

Scottish Basket-Hilt Cutlass

#500920
This cutlass has a double edge for the first 9" of the blade and has a basket-hilt for protection. Includes scabbard. Overall 31-1/2 inches.
$214.95

The English Cutlass

#501405
This replica has a hand forged, high carbon steel blade and a solid brass guard. Leather scabbard with brass throat and tip. Overall 30-1/2 inches.
$148.95

US 1860 Naval Cutlass

#500152
This Naval cutlass exhibits a hand-forged 1065 high carbon steel blade. Features leather frog and includes scabbard. Overall length of 31-1/2 inches.
$179.95

Classic Hoplite Sword

#500734
This Greek Hoplite sword has a leaf shaped, high carbon steel blade. Steel guard and pommel with leather covered wood grip. Includes leather covered wood scabbard. Overall 28-1/2".
$164.95

Gladius - Maintz Pattern

#500360
This gladius in the maintz pattern has a faux ivory grip with ornate brass applique on the scabbard. Overall 28 inches.
$214.95

Gladius - The Pompeii

#500598
This is the shortest version of the Roman swords and the most popular one. It has parallel cutting edges and a triangular tip. Turned ash and maple handle. 2" wide. 28 inches overall.
$194.95

Hattin Falchion

#501508
This medieval chopper sword is made from 1065 steel with a darkened, battle-hardened finish, and extra wide tang. Includes a matching scabbard with belt stop. Overall 30-1/2 inches.
$234.95 $325.00

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Gladius - Maintz Pattern

Just received this sword and scabbard.  Both are amazing works of art!  No flaws, extremely sharp, and looks like it is ready to go on campaign anywhere in the empire.  I would recommend this to anyone looking to add a Roman piece to their collection.
Reviewed by: Ray, November 09, 2018

Review of: The English Cutlass

I bought this for my sister's pirate costume.  She loves it because it's very shiny and glamorous.
Reviewed by: Jonathan, October 12, 2018

Review of: Pirate Captain's Hanger Sword

The brass parts were a little darker than I thought they would be, but still a very nice sword with a classic pirate look.  It currently occupies the top rung on my display rack.
Reviewed by: Jonathan, October 12, 2018

Review of: Classic Hoplite Sword

First sword I ever bought from MR. Always wanted a Greek sword of this type and not disappointed. Great quality and good feel in the hand. Sharpening quality very good also.
Reviewed by: Steven, September 19, 2018

Review of: Falcata

Read the reviews on this and had to buy. Very happy with the quality and detail. Had it sharpened and they did a good job. Feels good in the hand.
Reviewed by: Steven, September 19, 2018

Review of: Scottish Basket-Hilt Cutlass

Very happy with this cutlas. Wasn’t looking to buy but when it came up as a sale of the day with great reviews, I quickly put in my order. Like I said, very happy with the quality and got it delivered fast. Also happy with the sharpening quality.
Reviewed by: Steven, September 19, 2018

Review of: Scottish Basket-Hilt Cutlass

love this cutlass, came very sharp, although the fin at the top of blade was NOT sharpened, i recommend a glove if you have big hands like i do, the basket will rub a hot spot on your knuckle, handles very well, fierce cutter, all in all well worth the money
Reviewed by: John, September 17, 2018

Review of: Scottish Basket-Hilt Cutlass

First, customer service was excellent. I emailed a question and got a response within 3 minutes (no exaggeration). And the sword... what can I say about this weapon besides YEE-HAH!!!   It is all you could ask for, from the fit & finish, to the quality, to the aesthetics, even the packing for shipment. If you have ever wanted a pirate cutlass, get this one. You will not regret it.
Reviewed by: Adam, September 16, 2018

Review of: Gladius - The Pompeii

best beginner gladius on the market, seriously its a light and fast sword and looks better in person then you would expect, sharpening service was also decent
Reviewed by: Nicholas, September 04, 2018

Review of: Roman Centurion Gladius

Excellent sword
Reviewed by: Brian, August 23, 2018