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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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Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Damascus Short Sword

I bought this for my viking outfit looks great with it.  balance is very nice.
Reviewed by: Philip, July 11, 2020

Review of: The Corsair Pirate Cutlass

This is an AMAZINGLY beautiful piece. The pictures don't do it justice. The handle and guard are amazing! All my pirate friends are green with envy. Can't say I'm a huge fan of the Baldric that comes with it, but it is nice that it is added in.
Reviewed by: David, July 10, 2020

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: Golden Coast Cutlass

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