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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: Confederate Cavalry Saber

Very happy with my saber quality is excellent very well made will be looking forward to future purchases.
Reviewed by: James, May 28, 2019

Review of: Russian Kindjal

Ok, where to begin; over all I am very happy with this short sword, you could use it indoors effectively, however the handle is small and shaped in such a way that it wants to roll, and can be difficult to index, with a different handle this would be a most excellent short sword. That being said I am very happy with it and am satisfied very much with it
Reviewed by: Robert, March 28, 2019

Review of: 1840 Ames NCO Sword

I was undecided between this sword and another but when I saw that Windlass was now offering the M1840 NCO sword with a leather sheath that did it.  I do not like steel scabbards.  It appears that I made a good decision as it handles well being fast and nimble.  My biggest issue is in the manner in which Windlass chose to add the nomenclature to the ricasso.  I had fully expected it to be stamped but instead it is printed on.  Nicely done but printed, I can feel the raised lettering and no doubt in time will wear off, if I don’t accidently use something that will dissolve it first.  For a complete review see my review on SBG https://sbg-sword-forum.forums.net/thread/56791/windlass-new-m1840-sword-5000836?page=1
Reviewed by: Paul, March 14, 2019

Review of: American Revolution Saber

Very nice reproduction American Revolutionary War cavalry sabre. Perfect for a mounted officer or dragoon. A very solid piece at a good price.
Reviewed by: Kyle, March 08, 2019

Review of: 1840 Ames NCO Sword

I was debating whether to buy the #500350 M1840 NCO Sword or one from another company.  When I saw that Windlass had put new clothes on their old #500350, namely a leather sheath, and called it #500836 and briefly offered it at a 15% discount I jumped at it.  The leather sheath was the selling point.  Well, that and the statistics, principally the weight and balance point also helped.  The sword is nimble, fast, and easily controlled.  The diameter of the grip is a trifle small for my size 8 hand but easily manageable.  A glove gives me a better fit.  It comes without a washer but I made one from an old leather slingshot pouch without difficulty.  The blade is a thrusting blade but after putting a convex razor sharp edge on it, it cuts the traditional soft targets well.  The nomenclature on the ricasso was disappointing as it is printed on the surface where it is subject to wearing off or possibly affected by certain solvents.  I was expecting it to be stamped into the metal.  The grip arrived with a visible parting seam and a bit of flash.  I took care of all with a couple of needle files.  It’s a 5 starrer in my book.
Reviewed by: Paul, March 02, 2019

Review of: Windlass Steelcrafts 1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber

As a fencer, reenactor, drill team member (saber), and free-form sword fighter, I dreamed of the perfect weapon.  When I received "Old Wrist Breaker", I put it on my sword belt, took it into the driveway, took it through the military manual of arms, then proceeded into a combat exercise, ending with shouldering arms.  It felt NATURAL!  Light and well-balanced, I saw no reason for it to have earned its nickname.  My only regret is that I had not paid extra to have it factory sharpened.
Reviewed by: David, February 13, 2019

Review of: Windlass Steelcrafts 1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber

As a fencer (sabre), reenactor, and military drill team member (sabre), I longed for a nicely-balanced blade that I could feel comfortable with in formal attire or in a fight for survival.  I never much cared for the modern military swords, but when I received "Old Wrist Breaker", I took it out into the driveway on my sword belt, unsheathed it, then took it through the manual of arms, followed by a few combat moves, then back up to shoulder-arms.  WHAT A THRILL!  My only regret is that I failed to pay the extra money to have it professionally sharpened at the factory.
Reviewed by: David, February 13, 2019

Review of: Russian Kindjal

Excellent quality.
Reviewed by: Patrick, February 11, 2019

Review of: Model 1850 Foot Officer's Sword

I picked this sword up a while back for use in reenactments.  It balances just like an original and the blade etching is high quality!  The scabbard bluing is very durable and survived a summer of heavy use and abuse in the field.  I would recommend this piece to anyone looking for a good quality sword that will survive use and abuse in the field.
Reviewed by: Derek, February 09, 2019

Review of: 1840 Ames NCO Sword

I couldn't be more pleased with this high quality reproduction of a classic sword.  It's exactly what I needed for living history/reenacting.  I am currently active duty military and have since purchased several more and had them engraved for senior NCO retirement gifts.  
if you're looking for a great blade at a great value, look no further.
Reviewed by: Derek, February 09, 2019