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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: US 1860 Naval Cutlass

Absolutely wonderful.  Can be used in Civil War Reenacting or as part of a pirate costume.  I have an early original pattern 1860 Cavalry Sabre made by Ames Mfg Co.  and the only difference between that one and this apart from size is the maker marks on the original are stamped not lazer engraved.   Stamping would have been a nice touch...
Reviewed by: Mike, February 07, 2020

Review of: Battlecry Hattin Falchion

Superb rendering of this historical weapon.  The scabbard is a little tight and does not easily render itself to drawing the weapon quickly but I expect this will resolve itself with use.
Reviewed by: Mike, November 28, 2019

Review of: The English Cutlass

This Cutlass is very well made.  Fit and finish was great.  Only problem I had with it at all is the guard/grip is pretty small.  If you have larger hands at all this is not the weapon for you.
Reviewed by: Andrew, November 03, 2019

Review of: Scottish Basket-Hilt Cutlass

This is a formidable cutlass. The blade has authority as you wield it. A very well put together sword. One side of the basket was crushed a bit during shipping but I was able to tap it out with a mallet. The packing job on this one was not great but that should not reflect on the sword. If you like this type of cutlass you will be pleased!
Reviewed by: Dan, October 17, 2019

Review of: The Corsair Cutlass Barbary Pirate Sword with Leather Scabbard

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 Cutlass Barbary Pirate Sword with Leather Scabbard

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: Hobbit Sting Scabbard

I was very nervous with Sting and no scabbard. It was almost like holding a loaded gun. This quality scabbard changed everything. Now it is safe to have laying around, carrying it, or handing it to someone to check out.  The sword Sting is being called a dagger, but I have read a lot of discussion on the subject. They say any dagger with a blade 14.5 inches long or more is a short sword. I agree.
Reviewed by: Darrell, August 31, 2019

Review of: Hobbit Sting Sword of Bilbo Baggins

This is a very good quality sword. I have been studying fencing, so I feel that the low carbon steel would be better for a real fighting sword, but it would certainly work. I think that quality is the most important aspect of any product and this fits in there nicely. I am not hanging it on my wall because I like to look at it often and I lock it in a gun safe when I am not around. Darrell, August 31, 2019
Reviewed by: Darrell, August 31, 2019

Review of: The English Cutlass

Quality sword and excellent workmanship.
Reviewed by: Marc, August 29, 2019