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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: Russian Shasqua

I love this blade, very nice, excellent length. It would be cool if one was made without the scythe and star.
Reviewed by: Robert , November 27, 2018

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: Small Sword

Beautiful details, love it!
Reviewed by: Anastasia, November 23, 2018

Review of: Confederate Cavalry Officer's Saber

Great product and at a fair price
Reviewed by: Anastasia, November 23, 2018

Review of: Confederate Staff & Field Officer's Sword

This sword is elegant, smooth, and ready for action.  I own many edged weapons and am pretty good at judging the quality of weapons, and this sword it the "real deal", I would not hesitate one second taking this sword into battle, definitely Five Stars.
Reviewed by: Frank, September 17, 2018

Review of: 1840 Non Commissioned Sword

An excellent functional version of the Army NCO Sword. Not fancy, but fully functional and might be used for ceremonial purposes.
Reviewed by: William, September 13, 2018

Review of: Russian Kindjal

This sword is excellent for home self defense. It might be an item to send a trooper in the middle east since swords are good use in hand to hand combat.
Reviewed by: William, September 13, 2018

Review of: US 1860 Naval Cutlass

An excellent functional sword as used by the navy boarding parties in the days of sails.
Reviewed by: William, September 13, 2018

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