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We sell a wide variety of fine quality cutlasses, broadswords, and rapiers for collecting, re-enactment, theatrical productions, cos-playing, costuming, weddings, ceremonies and more. Our swords range from premium quality stainless steel display and costuming pieces  to "battle ready" full contact capable high carbon steel swords. We offer a variety of brand names from Kit Rae, Deepeek, Cold Steel, Cas Hanwei, Shadow Cutlery and more.

History of the Sword

Historically, the sword developed in the Bronze Age, evolving from the dagger; the earliest specimens date to 1600 BC. The Iron Age sword remained fairly short and without a crossguard. The "spatha" as it developed in the Late Roman army became the predecessor of the European sword of the Middle Ages, at first adopted as the Migration period sword, and only in the High Middle Ages developed into the classical arming sword with crossguard. The word sword continues  from Old English word "sweord".

Prior to the 19th century, the landsman usually carried one of a different number of type a swords, including longswords, broadswords, short swords, and rapiers. However, the sailor primarily carried a cutlass.

Although also used on land, the cutlass is best known as the sailor's weapon of choice. A naval side-arm, its popularity was likely because it was not only robust enough to hack through heavy ropes, canvas, and wood, but short enough to use in relatively close quarters, such as during boarding actions, in the rigging, or below decks. Another advantage to the cutlass was its simplicity of use. Employing it effectively required less training than that required to master a rapier or small sword, and it was more effective as a close-combat weapon than a full-sized sword would be on a cramped ship.

Cutlasses are famous for being used by pirates, although there is no reason to believe that Caribbean buccaneers invented them, as has sometimes been claimed. However, the subsequent use of cutlasses by pirates is well documented in contemporary sources, notably by the pirate crews of William Fly, William KiddBlackbeard and Stede Bonnet.

French historian Alexandre Exquemelin reports the buccaneer Francois l'Ollonais using a cutlass as early as 1667. Pirates used these weapons for intimidation as much as for combat, often needing no more than to grip their hilts to induce a crew to surrender, or beating captives with the flat of the blade to force their compliance or responsiveness to interrogation.

Owing to its versatility, the cutlass was as often an agricultural implement and tool as it was as a weapon (cf. machete, to which the same comment applies), being used commonly in rain forest and sugar cane areas, such as the Caribbean and Central America. In their most simplified form they are held to have become the machete of the Caribbean.


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1833-1860 Caribbean Pirate Naval Cutlass With Scabbard

1833-1860 Caribbean Pirate Naval Cutlass With Scabbard

This is a replica of the 19th century-style pirate cutlass patterned after the 1833 French Navy boar..

$49.95
1860 Ames Naval Cutlass CPO, Chief Petty Officer USN, Navy Sword

1860 Ames Naval Cutlass CPO, Chief Petty Officer USN, Navy Sword

Around the beginning of the civil war, a new American Naval Cutlass was adopted by the U.S. Navy whi..

$52.99
18th Century Carbon Steel Boarding Axe

18th Century Carbon Steel Boarding Axe

The Boarding Axe evolved to fill a niche created by the art of naval warfare at the time of the grea..

$12.95
30" Mermaid Pirate Cutlass Sword with Basket Guard & Sheath

30" Mermaid Pirate Cutlass Sword with Basket Guard & Sheath

Ihis style of sword is patterned after the 1833 French Navy boarding cutlass. This weapon was a favo..

$39.95
36" Classic Caribbean Pirate Cutlass With Sheath

36" Classic Caribbean Pirate Cutlass With Sheath

This cutlass produced by Mastery Cutlery, is inspired by the movie Pirates of the Caribbean. It feat..

$39.95
Cold Steel  88FBS Officer's Five Ball Spadroon Battle Ready

Cold Steel 88FBS Officer's Five Ball Spadroon Battle Ready

The spadroon was a light sword with a straight blade of the Cut and thrust type. The style became po..

$219.99
US M1852 Pattern Naval Officers Sword Reproduction

US M1852 Pattern Naval Officers Sword Reproduction

The United States Model 1852 Naval "Cutlass" Saber is patterned after the French Infantry  Swor..

$53.95
Viking-Style Carbon Steel Fighting Axe

Viking-Style Carbon Steel Fighting Axe

This axe is inspired by the weapon favored by Ragnar Lothbrok, this type of axe was essential in Rag..

$22.95
Vikings - Axe of Ragnar Lothbrok - Special Limited Edition - Vikings Officially Licensed

Vikings - Axe of Ragnar Lothbrok - Special Limited Edition - Vikings Officially Licensed

The Axe of Ragnar Lothbrok has been created from the actual television prop and has been weathered t..

$94.99
Vikings - Sword of Kings - Limited Edition - Officially Licensed

Vikings - Sword of Kings - Limited Edition - Officially Licensed

The Sword of Kings is a relic held by the reigning Viking king during the time of Ragnar Lothbrok. ..

$199.99
Vikings Axe of Ragnar Lothbrok - Standard Edition -  Officially Licensed

Vikings Axe of Ragnar Lothbrok - Standard Edition - Officially Licensed

The Axe of Ragnar Lothbrok has been created from the actual television prop and has been weathered t..

$84.99
30" Pirate Cutlass Sword With Sheath

30" Pirate Cutlass Sword With Sheath

The quintessential pirate sabre like those carried by the infamous Pirates Of The Caribbean. Aye! Ja..

$42.95
Cold Steel 88MNAL U.S. Naval Officers Sword w/ Ray Skin Handle

Cold Steel 88MNAL U.S. Naval Officers Sword w/ Ray Skin Handle

This weapon is the real deal, built from spring-tempered 1055 carbon steel. The blade is polished to..

$225.00
Cold Steel NS88 1830 Napoleon Saber Battle Ready

Cold Steel NS88 1830 Napoleon Saber Battle Ready

This is a high quality BATTLE READY Sabre from the Napoleonic Era. This fully functio..

$239.99
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