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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 classic short swords. From the most famous of all short swords, the Roman Gladius, to the iconic Iberian Falcata, as well as cutlasses spanning the Renaissance to 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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Roman Centurion Gladius

#501430
This Roman Gladius has a hand forged high carbon steel blade. Antiqued parts are solid wood with metal accents. Baldric & scabbard included. Overall 28 inches.
$244.95

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.
$189.95

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

Pirate Captain's Hanger Sword

#500968
This Hanger is made of antiqued brass and has a steel hilt. Includes scabbard. Overall 32-1/2 inches.
$189.95

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

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

Falcata

#500062
This Celt-Iberian Falcata sword features a blade made from 1065 high carbon steel. The handle is solid brass. Includes scabbard. Overall length of 25-1/4 inches.
$194.95

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

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: The Corsair Pirate Cutlass

Love this sword so, so much. Easily the favorite of my collection now. Everything about it just feels perfect and intimidating. The baldric is amazingly well made and completes the entire thing. Similar to review titled "Great Cutlass!" the guard and pommel notch were slightly off. And the ray skin wrapped around the handle was a little loose, but some superglue fixed that right up. Neither of those issues made me regret the purchase.
Reviewed by: Stephen, May 19, 2020

Review of: Golden Coast Cutlass

Interesting: This cutlass uses a regulation French shell (see many other examples of shell in early 19th century France's calvary.) However, all those blades were straight.     The curve in this makes it a weapon requiring investment of both personal capital for the modified blade as well as respect for the officer's uniform.    Amazing piece.
Reviewed by: Michael, April 14, 2020

Review of: Golden Coast Cutlass

When I google US Naval Cutlass, a nearly identical weapon is found.

This is an impressive cutlass and I carry it with pride.
Reviewed by: Michael, April 12, 2020

Review of: Damascus Short Sword

I'll admit I thought this price was too good to be true. A beautiful damascus blade with a lovely scabbard, and all for under $110? Impossible. Boy was I wrong. The sword is beautiful, and the scabbard, too. Tonight I used it to hack through some of the bamboo on my property and it had no problem going through the bamboo stalks. No chips or glinting, just a razor sharp, gorgeous, deadly blade.
Reviewed by: Jason, February 12, 2020

Review of: The Corsair Pirate Cutlass

This blade is a lot of fun. It has a great balance and a nice over all feel. It is well executed except for the pommel notch on mine was slightly off from the guard. Should be an easy fix though. The baldric is a nice addition. I am very happy with my purchase.
Reviewed by: Dan, September 30, 2019

Review of: The Corsair Pirate Cutlass

Love this Short but heavy blade.  Made for chopping.  The feel is great and the look was just what I was looking for. The suede baldric looks and feels much better then what you see in the photos.  Not my first sword from Museum Replicas nor will it be my last.
Reviewed by: Andrew, September 16, 2019

Review of: Battlecry Hattin Falchion

Being a falchion one would expected the sword to be very blade heavy.  This is not the case with this sword. It is very light, maneuverable, and surprisingly well-balanced.  
I like how windlass chose to use a hexagon design for the handle. I find it very easy to get a secure and solid grip.
For the price range you can't find a better production Falchion.
If this sword happens to be the Deal of the Day. BUY IT!!! You will not regret it.
Reviewed by: Franco, August 31, 2019

Review of: Golden Coast Cutlass

Nothing bad to say about this cutlass.  One of my best !
Reviewed by: Philippe, February 21, 2019

Review of: Battlecry Hattin Falchion

This blade is beautiful!  The black parts have a varied pattern to it that makes it look like stone instead of metal.  It's well worth the money if this is the type of blade you're looking for!
Reviewed by: Lisa, January 24, 2019

Review of: Golden Coast Cutlass

This is a cutlass that ErroI Flynn or Basil Rathbone would be proud of!  I purchased the Golden Coast cutlass as part of the Black Friday madness, and I don't regret a doubloon of the purchase price, Matey.  There does not appear to be any of the faux-gold wash on either the half-basket hilt or blade, which IMHO is all to the good:  Why gild the lily?  The blade is very plain, with no fuller and (truth to tell) a "soft" ridge line.  The basket and grip are large enough to accommodate a gauntleted hand, which is one of my litmus tests for a truly functional weapon.  Overall, an admirable rendering of this swashbuckling sword type!
Reviewed by: Stanley, December 08, 2017