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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.
$139.95

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.

$159.95

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.
$149.95

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

Model 1850 Foot Officer's Sword

#501130
This sword has a tempered high carbon steel blade etched with the letters "US", a floral pattern, branches and scrolls. The solid brass guard and hilt also displays a floral design.Comes with a blackened metal scabbard with correct brass mounts.
$149.95

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: 1860 Light Cavalry Union Saber

I’ve purchased quite a few windlass swords over the past 30 years. Most from Atlanta Cutlery and Museum Replicas. This saber does not disappoint! Historically accurate, well fitted and strong. The saber feels good in the hand and in its sturdy metal scabbard!
Reviewed by: Jed, August 26, 2019

Review of: 1917 Cutlass

This 1917 Navy Cutlass Is one of the finest swords I have. Being a Navy Veteran It's close to my heart. The sword is of high quality, and probably better then the originals, it has very good balance and will cut very well as it is comes very sharp. I display my 1917 cutlass right under my 1860 Navy Cutlass. They look well together. Thank You.
Reviewed by: Daniel, January 22, 2019

Review of: 1860 Light Cavalry Union Saber

This sword is very nice, and surprisingly light. Very good value for the money
Reviewed by: Robert, November 27, 2018

Review of: American Revolution Saber

This product exceeded my expectations. The polish on the blade is almost mirror smooth, and the hand guard and wooden handle are held very securely to the blade. Excellent workmanship, and devoid of frills.
Reviewed by: Cashel, September 23, 2016

Review of: American Revolution Saber

Beautiful sword! Nice balance, and solid construction. It really felt natural in my hand.
Reviewed by: Josepph, August 31, 2016

Review of: 1860 Light Cavalry Union Saber

The fit and finish of components and parts is excellent. Nice balance and weight. Brass hand guard/hilt well formed. It is, as I expected, the quality to be. Well pleased with my purchase.
Looks great on the wall with my Dragoon Saber.
Reviewed by: Frank, March 10, 2016

Review of: American Revolution Saber

I love this Saber! You can tell they took the time to craft an amazing edged weapon! From the solid wood hilt, double fullers, to the toe of the blade arrived to me flawless! When i say solid wood hilt, i mean it. Its not two halves of a wood grip and glued together over the tang with a seam. Its a solid piece of wood, hollowed just enough to slip over the tang. There were no short cuts taken on making this edged weapon. The scabbard was also a wonderful accessory thst came paired with the saber. Its leather wrapped with a double stitch running up the length of one side of the scabbard. Steel upper and lower hooks and scabbard tip protector finish off the whole package. The shipping was very fast and the saber came to me factory oiled which was awesome! Any one that knows sabers/swords know carbon steel oxidizes, so they took the time to put a quality oil on the blade. The saber came well protected in shipping with huge bubble wrap, saber and scabbard individually wrapped in plastic and foam between them. They also took the time to put on a plastc toe guard to keep the toe of the saber safe in shipping. If theres any drawback i can think of its the fact that the blade has a little more flex than i was expecting. Not much, but it was just something i thought when examining it. Im not surprised though, beings that its such a long saber with a double fuller. Im sure the circa 1775 saber this is copied from has the same amount of flex, if not more. To conclude, this saber is gorgeous, well crafted, and museum quality. Incredible piece of craftsmanship! Thank you Atlanta Cutlery and Windlass! -Donald Reisdorf
Reviewed by: Donald, December 10, 2015

Review of: 1917 Cutlass

Reviewed by: John, April 26, 2011

Review of: American Revolution Saber

well balanced, comfortable grip. well made ,scabbard particularly attractive.
Reviewed by: kurt, March 17, 2011

Review of: American Revolution Saber

Great Sword... it got a good look feals great in the hand.
Reviewed by: Tony, April 22, 2010