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Swords

One-Handed Swords

One-handed swords were first developed by the Celts of northern Europe and the British Isles, who fought from horseback. Similar longer bladed swords were quickly adopted by the Romans in the form of the Spatha which was used by their mounted troops. One-handed swords saw use across Europe for cutting through mail armor and leather armor, and slashing (draw-cutting) for mounted and foot combat. As armor evolved in the High Middle Ages into complete suits of plate, the blades developed into more effective thrusting weapons. However, the swords were still capable of inflicting damage with slashing strokes on lightly armored rank and file soldiers. 

Museum Replicas offers an array of these fantastic weapons. For instance, the medieval period is well represented by swords of the Crusades and from Viking, Scottish, and Middle Eastern history. These include such weapons as the Sword of King Richard, Ulfberht, and Scimitar. Those more into the Renaissance will find the Schiavona and the Mortuary Half Basket Hilt Swords particularly enjoyable. Also, we offer a wonderful range of American Civil War sabers and swords. These are just a sample of the many excellent one-handed swords in the selection. Our products are made of high carbon steel and other authentic materials and forged with state-of-the-art technology, guaranteeing both substance and style!

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Hand and Half Swords

The term hand-and-a-half is more a modern designation for a range of sword types that featured tapered blades longer than the standard shorter arming swords of the time but without the double-hand grips of larger, heavier war-swords. Many different swords fall into this category, and many of them are as maneuverable as they are surprisingly sturdy. Hand-and-a-half swords roughly fall into two categories. The first tends to have approximately six-inch grips with the blades generally between 34–36 inches. The second type is known as “bastard” swords with grips around five inches or so, and blades 30–34 inches long. Both are light enough to use one handed but allow for two handed use by gripping the base of the pommel. Blade shapes varied to the changes from the mail to full plate armor, but remained of a size that made them effective from horseback. 

Museum Replicas houses a collection of hand-and-a-half swords which includes arguably the most famous of all medieval blades – the longsword. We also offer other traditional swords of the period – the bastard sword and the war-sword. Just like our other swords, Museum Replicas’ hand-and-a-half swords are aesthetically pleasing and works of excellent craftsmanship. Check them out now!

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Two-Handed Swords

Two-handed swords were known as war-swords in the early Middle Ages and used to destroy an opponent’s shield, shear through mail, and damage helms. They were called great swords during the High Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The blades tended to be slightly longer than regular swords, and capable of damaging full plate armor to the point where the opponent’s movements were substantially impaired. Technically though, the two-handed sword belongs to the Renaissance. These swords were so big – around six feet long – that, unlike previous versions, it was only possible to wield them effectively with two hands. They were surprisingly light at 4–6 lbs and used to counter weapons like pikes and halberds. 

Museum Replicas’ collection of two-handed swords encompasses a wide variety of period blades. Longswordswar-swords, choppers and claymores, but it’s not all history. Those inclined towards fantasy will find something as well. Most swords in our selection are crafted of high carbon steel, which makes them extremely hard and able to retain an edge. Our swords adhere to stringent specifications and are a worthy homage to the weapons of the medieval and the Renaissance periods. Browse, pick one, and own the battlefield. 

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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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Sword Canes

Sword canes first appeared in Medieval Japan. Use spread to Europe and continued into the Renaissance as they were seen as a fashionable way to carry a sword discretely. Sword canes became even more popular in later years when thrusting blades came into fashion.

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Rapiers

The term “rapier” comes from the Spanish term espada ropera or “sword of the robes,” meaning they were primarily civilian weapons. These swords were faster and lighter in comparison to the others that came before them but far from the stylish blades depicted in television and cinema. In fact, rapiers were closer to medieval swords that preceded them and featured a slender body, a blade over an inch thick, and a heavy quillion. The shape of the rapier swords made them excellent for thrusting strokes and, in the right hands, they were deadly tools. 

The rapier collection at Museum Replicas includes an array of blades inspired by these beautiful weapons of the Renaissance. There are several great swords. If you are looking for the archetypal Renaissance rapier then check out the Swept Hilt Rapier, which was very popular during the late 16th and early 17th century. Another rapier takes inspiration from the ones used by the French Musketeers in the late 16th century. 

More than other sword types, the rapier lends itself to aesthetically pleasing designs, as you will see in our selection. The hilts and the pommels are beautifully crafted and so are the grips. High carbon steel has been used to make the blades.

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Samurai & Asian Swords

You cannot talk about Japanese history without mentioning the elite Samurai Warrior. Experts at fighting both on horseback and the ground, the Samurai lived by a strict code of ethics. Instilled with "freedom from fear", they trained rigidly and were considered an aristocratic warrior class.

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Mastercraft Collection

These swords have extra features fit for a Noble. Featuring engraved fittings, fancy scabbard, and, for some swords, matching sword belts! The swords are crafted of the same tough steel and with the same care as the rest of our fully functional weapons,

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Practice & Theatrical Weapons

From the times of the Roman Gladiators, wooden swords have been used as a training tool. They allowed a warrior to practice full combat safely while preserving his precious steel for the real battle to come.

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Decorative Swords & Knives

Decorative swords make for excellent wall decor and displays, and can add something extra to any medieval costume or sword collection. Also, they are great as conversation pieces. Museum Replicas’ decorative swords are from leading sword makers from around the world, including Bermejo, Marto, and Windlass Steelcrafts. Our category covers different periods and genres, including Greek, medieval, and Renaissance

So, what exactly do we offer? Our history and fantasy-inspired selection houses swords from Viking and Scottish history and some beautiful pieces related to the Crusades. No sword collection is quite complete without ancient Greek and Roman blades, and so we have duly covered that base. Further, fantasy is well represented with swords from well-received works of the small screen and celluloid, such as Game of Thrones and Assassins Creed, and classic tales like the Arthurian legend and Robin Hood. 

We've made it easy for our customers to decorate a home or dress for an event like a wedding or party. Most of our swords are made of high carbon steel and other authentic materials and ready for the next crusade or to brighten your den or office. Forged by expert hands and state-of-the-art technology, we leave no stone unturned to provide you the very best! Browse our catalog today and walk away with something you can cherish for a long time.

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Frogs and Sword Belts

Always be prepared for battle! Our leather sword belts, baldrics and frogs allow you to securely carry your sword with ease.

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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.

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Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Guinegate Sword

I bought the 1-st edition of this sword years ago; it was unsharpened & had no scabbard; It was excellent; After a lot of use, I had to wind up filling the hollow bone grip with epoxy & that made it most satisfactory
     The reissue is a superb sword that does   well enough at cut & excellently at thrust.  It is one of the best I’ve gotten from MR (as was the 1st)
     It seems very much in line with period swords that I’ve examined & it will not disappoint
Reviewed by: Judge Joe, October 07, 2022

Review of: Spiculus Gladius

This Spiculus gladius easily gets a 5star rating in my opinion.  The overall build is top quality.  The wooden and faux bone handle looks and feels great.. The Windlass blade is very sharp, light, and strong.  Definitely a battle ready piece.  The scabbard is probably one of the nicest ones I own relative to both quality and looks.  I am super happy with this purchase.  I’ve always wanted a gladius sword in my collection and this is probably my favorite already..
Reviewed by: Chris, September 19, 2022

Review of: Guinegate Sword

This sword is truly a work of art. It is graceful in its appearance, as well in its handling. I own many swords of various styles, and by far this is the best I have held in my hand. At first, I was a little anxious about a single-handed sword being 3 pounds (as most of my other cutters are around 2 pounds)...but the moment I took it out of the box, it felt far less than 3 pounds. (I took it to my scale and it is 3lbs, 0.7oz.) The hilt fittings and nicely polished bright, the bone grip is smooth, and hilt construction is nice and tight. The blade is mirror polished and is well made. The belt and scabbard are well constructed - perfect compliments to this sword. There is not enough praise I can say about this sword. It is absolutely wonderful.
Reviewed by: Joel, September 18, 2022

Review of: Guinegate Sword

Although it took a while for them to get the order shipped in to them (not really their fault) they didn't charge me until they were sure it was in good condition and shipped out. When it was shipped out, it arrived here extremely quick in less than a week. Not to mention the quality of the sword is pristine and very well made. I'm confident I will love this every time I look at it
Reviewed by: Zephen, September 17, 2022

Review of: Spiculus Gladius

True to Museum Replicas word, this Gladius is light weight and easy to handle as well as SHARP. I am not a fan of Nero, but this Gladius IS top notch and will hold up in battle. The Overview of this Gladius is accurate. Of course, my favorite, is the Roman Gladius, my first purchase.
Reviewed by: William, September 04, 2022

Review of: Guinegate Sword

I remember eyeing the catalog pictures 30 years ago and then they stopped making it. I'm so glad it's back! It is stunningly beautiful. Everything fits tightly together (no rattling) and the profile on the blade is as beautiful as I hoped for. The sheath is quite stunning as well - especially the buckles and hardware. No skimping there. Yes the sword is not well balanced - the blade is heavy but it is solid and sharp. If I were to add one improvement it would be to add brass trim at the top of the sheath if for no other reason than to give that classic "klink" sound when the sword goes into the sheath. But the bare leather is cut to fit the cross guard perfectly. I am so glad I have this sword after 30 years of waiting.
Reviewed by: Jay, May 06, 2022

Review of: Conan Atlantean Sword Scabbard

Goes well with the Atlantean sword.
Reviewed by: Thorvald, July 29, 2021

Review of: Guinegate Sword

I bought this sword from your first run..... It is absolutely beautiful. The prettiest sword of my entire collection.... I am now drooling over the new scabbard and hoping that you might offer the scabbard as a stand alone item to owners of the original run of this wonderful blade. Any chances....!?
Reviewed by: Chris, July 16, 2021

Review of: Guinegate Sword

I bought this sword the first time MR created it.  I have been giving talks in schools for over 40 years about the "Dark Ages" and have used MR swords.  This sword has always been a great hit with my students, it has a great look, the feel is like an extension of the arm not a dead weight hanging out there.  The students love the look of the hilt and the ridge down the center for armor piercing.  When I pull out my book on the Wallace Collection and show them almost identical sword, they know it isn't some "Hollywood sword" but it is like the "real thing".  That is what I have expected from MR from the days of Hank R. to today.  I know who ever buys this sword will enjoy having in their collection as I do.
Bob H
Reviewed by: , February 11, 2021

Review of: Takeda Shingen Katana

Beautifully rendered, well balanced and sturdy against my overgrown practice bamboo garden.   Worthy of the most honorable Samurai
Reviewed by: Mike, December 22, 2020