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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.
Museum Replicas offers the finest selection of museum quality swords and sabers. In this section, you’ll find swords with distinctive styles and features to ensure you find a blade that suits your need and taste.
If you need a sword that will see you through battle after battle, pick one from our range of functional swords. For self-defense, nothing levels the playing field like a good sword cane and if you are looking for something to practice full combat safely while preserving the precious steel for the real battle to come, we have practice swords for you.
And of course, if you are just looking for a beautiful display sword, we have decorative swords made for collection and display in your office or den.
Need a sword no one else has? Why not become your own swordsmith and design a masterpiece from the scratch! Nearly all our blades are hand forged and evenly tempered with the state-of-the-art computer controlled kiln to ensure they withstand the test of time.
View this video for more information about care and maintenance of swords.