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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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Windlass Oakeshott Type XIV

#500972
This medieval arming sword features a blade that swells slightly at the top to put more weight in the hand to improve its cut and thrust capabilities, making for a very fast sword. Arrives sharpened from the factory.
$294.95

17th Century Italian Rapier

#501227
This blade of this rapier is crafted of 1065 high carbon steel. The grip is hand wound with silver plated wire. Features a wide fuller that strengthens the blade. Overall length of 46 inches.
$324.95

Munich Sword

#501144
This German Military sword has a tempered 1065 high carbon steel blade. Pommel and guard are steel. Grip is wood wrapped in wire. Overall 40 inches. Comes factory sharp.
$324.95

Windlass English Two-Hand Sword

#501060
This large sword is beautifully balanced for two-handed use, allowing for sweeping cuts. The long grip is wood covered in leather and the parts are steel. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts. Includes scabbard. Arrives sharpened from the factory.
$369.95

Deschaux Rapier

#500862
This rapier has a blade made of 1065 high carbon steel. Features three ringed swept hilt and wire wrapped bone grip. Includes scabbard. Overall length of 46 inches.
$294.95

Musketeer Rapier

#500784
This rapier features a blade crafted of 1065 high carbon steel. Ambidextrous hilt and wood grip with a wire wrap. Overall length of 46 inches. Comes factory sharp.
$294.95

Classic Hoplite Sword

#500734
This Greek Hoplite sword has a leaf shaped, high carbon steel blade. Steel guard and pommel with leather covered wood grip. Includes leather covered wood scabbard. Comes factory sharp. Overall 28-1/2".
$194.95

Swept Hilt Rapier

#500094
This rapier sword is hand-forged and has a high carbon steel blade with a diamond cross section. All-steel guard and pommel are accented with a real bleached, polished bone grip. Overall 43-3/4 inches.
$279.95

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Musketeer Rapier

Nice piece!  The problem for me is that I am to small to fit it!!  At five feet seven inches with a thirty two inch sleeve it is more blade than I can handle. Still, it is dammed impressive!
Reviewed by: mark, June 24, 2021