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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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Model 1850 Foot Officer's Sword

#501130
This sword has a tempered high carbon steel blade etched with the letters "US", a floral pattern, branches and scrolls. The solid brass guard and hilt also displays a floral design.Comes with a blackened metal scabbard with correct brass mounts.
$149.95

Windlass Cobra Steel Kopis

#403158
Based on the ancient Greek Kopis, this Windlass Cobra Steel sword has tremendous chopping power. Features weather resistant rubber handle for comfort, positive grip and shock absorption on a full profile tang. Factory sharp, includes riveted black leather sheath.
$59.95

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

Small Sword

#501242
This small sword is a Renaissance take on the rapier used by civilians. Perfectly balanced, this sword comes complete with a leather scabbard that features an intricately decorated throat and chape. Overall 38-1/4 inches.
$259.95

Pirate Captain's Hanger

#500968
This Pirate Sword is made of antiqued brass and has a steel hilt and a tempered high carbon steel blade. Scabbard included.
$189.95

Nashville Plow Works Cavalry Saber

#501152
This saber has a full tang 1065 high carbon steel blade. The grip is black leather with a twisted brass wire wrap. This sword has a cast brass guard, with both CSA and Nashville Plow Works cast in block letters on the underside of the guard. The brass pommel and back strap are of one piece. The scabbard is blackened steel with brass mounts.
$169.95

Windlass Steelcrafts 1840 Heavy Cavalry Saber

#501150
This saber features a blade that is made of 1065 high carbon steel. Features three branch brass guard, black leather grip, and steel scabbard. Overall length of 41-1/4 inches.
$149.95

United States Dragoons Saber

#501146
This fine saber has a 1065 high carbon steel blade with full tang and is well tempered. The grip is black leather wrapped with twisted brass wire. It has a three branch brass guard.
$149.95

Top Customer Reviews

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

Review of: Battlecry 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: Battlecry Bosworth Longsword

Handles like a dream.

Honestly, having only handled a small selection of swords at this point, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, but this sword blows the rest of the water.

The only gripes I have with my Bosworth Longsword is that on one side, the middle of the guard was filed down on a slight angle, so the ridge that runs along the fuller is on a slight angle. Being a minor gripe that has no affect on the handling of this fine weapon, it doesn't bother me in the slightest.

The marbled or stonewashed bluing is actually really beautiful in person, something even my photos can't really capture, that said, if you don't like that sort of thing in general then you've already made your mind up.

I would absolutely recommend this sword to anyone who likes the look of it and would like a nice, responsive and suprisingly light Longsword to add to their collection.

I'm certainly very happy with it.
Reviewed by: Jack, February 17, 2017