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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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Cold Steel Scimitar

#501522
This Cold Steel Scimitar has a deeply curved blade to facilitate the devastating draw cut. It is beautifully polished with a wide, deep fuller. Includes a thick hand stitched leather scabbard with etched steel throat, chape and carrying rings.
$239.95

Thompson Saber

#501489
This newly developed saber is a fighter's sword for the modern martial artist. The Thompson Saber comes complete with a heavy duty thick leather and steel scabbard with a leather belt frog for ease of carry. 1055 Carbon steel blade. Overall 37-3/4 inches.
$239.95

1796 Light Cavalry Saber with Steel Scabbard

#501488
A combat quality saber that will pass the British Proof Test and is fully capable of tremendous shearing cuts. It comes with a sharpened forward edge and all metal scabbard. 1055 Carbon steel blade.
$189.95

1796 Light Cavalry Saber with Leather Scabbard

#501486
This saber was widely used by the British in the Battle of Waterloo. Blade features 1055 high carbon steel. Overall length of 37-3/4 inches.
$189.95

Man-at-Arms Norman Sword

#501485
Cold Steel Man-at-Arms Norman Sword has a double-edged, hand forged blade that is blued and polished. Includes leather scabbard with blued steel fittings. 1055 Carbon steel blade. Overall 36-3/4 inches.
$229.95

Talwar

#501484
This is a beautiful, sturdy and highly effective take on the classic curved saber used throughout India. Light enough for wicked fast moves, the sturdy design can take on larger blades with ease.

$239.95

Scottish Basket-Hilt Broadsword

#501482
This traditional Scottish sword has a double-edged blade, which is hand forged and polished with triple fullers. The basket hilt is made of blued steel with a wood grip covered in ray skin and decoratively wrapped in wire. Overall 37-3/4 inches.
$239.95

Cold Steel Shamshir Sword

#501480
This replica shamshir has a modern 1055 carbon steel blade and a black faux buffalo horn for the handle.
$189.95

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Damascus Short Sword

This short sword has a beautiful damascus pattern,It came very sharp ,watch out cleaning off the grease, got a cut doing it. the handle is well done although a bit slick. It fits the scabbard well.All in all a great value .There was a made in pakistan sticker on it. This sword is is as well made as any i have purchased.
Reviewed by: kenneth, April 17, 2020

Review of: The Suontaka Viking Sword

With this sword I think I could pillage Europe on my own this is a beautiful and well made item.   I looked over every inch of the sword itself and it was exactly what I had hoped for, sturdy, strong, tight and well balanced.   The blade was sharpened too and it's sharp, trust me.  

The scabbard was great but the copper over lay was a little darker than I expected but matched the handle so it worked.

The packaging was pretty impressive too I think it took me 10 minutes to get it out of all the wrapping so I'm totally impressed.
Reviewed by: Thomas, December 05, 2019

Review of: The Accolade Sword of the Knights Templar

This  is an impressive  sword.  I'm  very  pleased  with  the  quality  of  this   product . The  blade  is sharp (I ordered  it sharpened).  It's  a well balanced  considering  its  size and weight .  The  belt and   scabbard  are  beautiful , and  the  leather  is of excellent  quality . The  blade  appears  to be  heat  treated  properly.  It has  that nice  bell like  sound  when struck with  another hard  piece  of  steel .  It's  beautiful!
Reviewed by: Dennis, October 20, 2019

Review of: Damascus Short Sword

absolutely gorgeous! first, a big thanks to the fulfillment and shipping crew: I only used standard shipping and received this item in 2 days! what an amazing bonus! the bone/wood handle is beautiful and the grip feels very natural. the blade arrived with the standard factory edge - just enough to make you wanna sharpen it a little more on your own. the included scabbard is a nice variation from the standard issue and with a few tweaks has transformed for over-the-shoulder carry. great piece, great price.
Reviewed by: matthew, August 09, 2019

Review of: Hutton Dueling Sabre with Scabbard

This dueling sabre is light and nimble in the hand. Pleasing to the eye, pleasing in the hand. Sheathing and unsheathing the sabre from the scabbard is always a delight. For Hema, SCA, against rapiers and light weapons, for solo drilling and sparring. Its perfect. Especially if you can't handle 3 lbs. for long periods. NEVER use this against heavier weapons like Arming swords, Longswords, or Heavier Sabres from Regenyei, Darkwood Armory, Castille Armory. For these swords are heavy duty sabres that will chew up the Windlass sabre. Just don't risk it.
Reviewed by: HAU, June 17, 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: 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: Viking Ulfberht

Just received mine today. Nice feel.  Quality built.  Good balance.  Good finish.  Seems to have good temper.  I ordered it sharpened and it did come sharp.  I have many Windlass swords in my collection.  I plan to display instead of use this sword.  I also bought the shield.  It is also a well built product.
Reviewed by: JAMES H, February 22, 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