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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 Officer's Saber

liked this so well I bought a second one to raffle at an up coming SCV fund raising event.
Reviewed by: Paul, July 30, 2018

Review of: Russian Kindjal

I just bought this sword presharpened and I love it,I put it on diamond and ceramic stones
Reviewed by: Mike, December 29, 2017

Review of: Heavy Cavalry Saber

Large slashing Dragoon Saber which replaced the earlier smaller thrusting Dragoon Saber.  Very high quality piece.  Now, since I own both, I can portray both time periods of a pre-Civil War, 1st Regiment Dragoon Trooper west of the Mississippi.  I was lucky enough examine an original of Civil War vintage, which was found in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in the early 20th century by my Father-in-law.
Reviewed by: Robert, December 17, 2017

Review of: Bosworth Longsword

If you have a hard-on for type XVa blades, you will want to marry this sword and have its babies.
Reviewed by: Devin, December 03, 2017

Review of: American Revolution Saber

Very nice sword great sharpening service
Reviewed by: John, July 22, 2017

Review of: Maldon Viking Sword

Very satisfied!  This sword is very well made and has great balance, the perfect weapon to take on any raid!  
Reviewed by: Anthony, June 16, 2017

Review of: US 1860 Naval Cutlass

Purchased this for my husband's care giver when she made Petty Officer, she loved it. My husband is a retired disabled Army Senior NCO.
Reviewed by: Machell, May 26, 2017

Review of: Russian Kindjal

The sword to scabbard fit could be made tighter, but at such a nice price, that's more of a nitpick than an issue. Overall, the blade is pretty and well balanced and the handle scales are fitted very well. The scabbard is also sturdy and the polished brass goes great with the black leather. And with less than a week of shipping, I'm really impressed with this purchase, especially for a first sword, I think it's fantastic!
Reviewed by: , May 10, 2017

Review of: US 1860 Naval Cutlass

I own an original Ames Cutlass that I purchased for $450.  This is as close to the original Ames as humanly possible.  The other reproductions out there are cheap looking, flimsy and nothing like the M1860 which I own.  The only true difference is the scabbard which, I am sure, would add a much bigger price to the item the original scabbard is fastened by many brass pins and not sown.  Buy this reproduction!!  For the price you cannot go wrong!!
Reviewed by: Sam, May 06, 2017

Review of: Model 1860 Union Cavalry Officer's Saber

This sabre's handling compares very favorably to the originals, and has a very pleasing blade profile. The tip is well formed and the floral design of the hilt is also very well executed.
Reviewed by: , April 22, 2017