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Historical Swords

A historical sword was a symbol of bravery and prestige. Not just anyone could have one. They were earned and with them came respect. Swords literally carved out kingdoms throughout history. Tough, functional, and effective in hand-to-hand combat, they were the choice of royalty, knights, men-at-arms, and peasants alike.

Many use the term “battle-ready swords,” but what does that mean exactly? Essentially, they are hand-forged, fully functional blades made of high-carbon steel that can perform like the originals. Unlike stainless steel, this can be too brittle to handle a true battle situation. Historical swords can be used in training and live reenactments. Use common sense though, if bashing edge-to-edge. Use the right tool – a theatrical blade with rounded edges and tip. Historical swords are the kind of blades used in medieval and Renaissance fairs, Civil War reenactments and shows for fencing and simulated battles. High-carbon spring steel is generally the strongest material used in blade making and we feature 1065-1095 on our site. It is the steel of choice for battle-ready swords, which can then be hand forged and tempered. We offer a good selection of historically accurate functional blades from the US Revolutionary War and Civil War to more current military offerings. To hold a functional full-tang blade is to come face to face with history. They look like the originals, were made like them, and flex and balance like their historic counterparts.

Products featured on Atlanta Cutlery and its sister website Museum Replicas include historical swords from the ancient Greek, Rome, Viking, Medieval and the Renaissance periods up to the American Civil War. Fancy yourself a Musketeer or knight errant? How about a Spanish conquistador or marauding Viking? Maybe a Roman Centurion? One hand, two hand, bastards, rapiers, and cut-and-thrust were all choices men made when conflict loomed. You’ll find what you need for your persona, collection, or reenactment. Made from originals when possible, we’ve captured the little details for authenticity and maybe, more importantly, the function these blades were meant for. 

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1860 Light Cavalry Union Saber

#500618
This British military spec Light Cavalry Saber has a hand forged blade that will flex over 20° and return to true. Leather handle is wire wrapped. Steel scabbard included. Overall 41 inches.
$129.95

1917 Cutlass

#501244
Cold Steel's modern recreation of the 1917 Navy Cutlass classic fighting sword features the signature curved blade and a half basket guard that are stamped out of heavy 18-gauge high carbon steel, and both the blade and guard are blued to resist rusting. Overall 29-5/8 inches.
$173.95

1917 Hybrid Cutlass

#501478
This Cold Steel hybrid cutlass provides almost unparalleled hand protection with minimal bulk, an excellent tool for fighting on foot, lightweight, manoeuvrable but still more than capable of opposing bigger weapons. Includes leather scabbard w/ brass and copper fittings. Hardwood grip. Blued 1055 high carbon blade.
$249.95

American Revolution Saber

#500872
This American 1700s French style Saber is a well-balanced, fast sword that was designed for the mounted fighter. Solid steel hand-made hilt with spiral pattern carved hardwood grip is married to an effective 1085 high carbon, well tempered blade. Comes with black leather scabbard with steel mounts.
$149.95

Confederate Cavalry Officer's Saber

#500050
This hand made replica is hand forged and fully tempered of 1095 high carbon steel. Features a flexible, ornate blade and leather grip wrapped with brass wire. Overall 38 inches.
$139.95

Confederate Cavalry Saber

#500646
This authentic, hand made replica has a flexible, ornate blade and leather grip wrapped with brass wire. The blade has the classic Confederate "unstopped" fuller. The scabbard has brass furniture, ring mounts and drag.
$149.95

Man-at-Arms Italian Long Sword

#501479
These MAA Italian, two-handed, Longswords have fully sharpened and blued 1055 Carbon steel blades with a distinctive gun metal finish that compliments their black leather handles. Includes leather scabbard with blued steel fittings. Overall 47 inches.
$224.95

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: American Revolution Saber

This sword is great! It is functional but also looks good mounted on the wall. Get it sharpened for sure. Very well balanced and aesthetically pleasing. Highly recommended.
Reviewed by: Robert, August 11, 2019

Review of: Damascus Short Sword

absolutely gorgeous! first, a big thanks to the fulfillment and shipping crew: I only used standard shipping and received this item in 2 days! what an amazing bonus! the bone/wood handle is beautiful and the grip feels very natural. the blade arrived with the standard factory edge - just enough to make you wanna sharpen it a little more on your own. the included scabbard is a nice variation from the standard issue and with a few tweaks has transformed for over-the-shoulder carry. great piece, great price.
Reviewed by: matthew, August 09, 2019

Review of: Patton Sword

Fabulous.  I own an original, and this is identical to how it would have looked when it was new (no scratches or dents).  Blade is perfect, shield is excellent, and the grip is authoritative and properly grippy.  Could do with a leather spacer (it comes with a plastic one), but you can find one or make one yourself for a few dollars if it's important to you.

This is the sword that George Patton insisted upon, and which our cavalry would have carried with them to France.
Reviewed by: Michael, July 21, 2019

Review of: Cold Steel Scimitar

Nice sword!
Reviewed by: Kathleen, July 20, 2019

Review of: Pirate Captain's Hanger

A great compact sword . I love it.
Reviewed by: Margaret, July 04, 2019

Review of: Russian Kindjal

I am very pleased with this knife/sword
Reviewed by: Robert, June 29, 2019

Review of: Windlass Cobra Steel Kopis

From my experience this sword is not light and definitely not dainty. This sword could easily hack up some wood i had lying around and a stab pierced all the way through a watermelon pretty easily. Not to mention this short sword weighs 1.6 pounds. overall i have had a good experience although the blade did come caked in grease.
Reviewed by: Adam, June 27, 2019

Review of: Confederate Cavalry Officer's Saber

After reading the four previous reviews, I expected a nice saber.  What I received exceeded my expectations.  This is an extremely nice saber.  It is solid, well-made, and looks great, and all at a very fair price. The manufacturer, Windlass, did a fine job.  No wonder they have such a good reputation.  The saber arrived covered in protective grease and was very well-packaged.  I had to wait a month for its arrival but it was worth every second. I could not be more pleased.
Reviewed by: Kevin, June 27, 2019

Review of: Confederate Cavalry Officer's Saber

Based upon the four reviews I read prior to placing my order, I expected to receive a nice saber.  What I received was above and beyond my expectations.  This saber is a beautiful piece.  The quality is superb.  It is solid, well made and looks great.  I could not be more pleased.  The manufacturer, Windlass, did a fine job.  No wonder they have such a good reputation.   The month I had to wait to receive it was well forth every second.   A great value for the money.
Reviewed by: Kevin, June 27, 2019

Review of: Hutton Dueling Sabre with Scabbard

This dueling sabre is light and nimble in the hand. Pleasing to the eye, pleasing in the hand. Sheathing and unsheathing the sabre from the scabbard is always a delight. For Hema, SCA, against rapiers and light weapons, for solo drilling and sparring. Its perfect. Especially if you can't handle 3 lbs. for long periods. NEVER use this against heavier weapons like Arming swords, Longswords, or Heavier Sabres from Regenyei, Darkwood Armory, Castille Armory. For these swords are heavy duty sabres that will chew up the Windlass sabre. Just don't risk it.
Reviewed by: HAU, June 17, 2019