Agincourt Swords
The Agincourt Sword is an English-style single-hand sword, and commemorates one of the memorable battles of the Hundred Year's War between England and France. The Agincourt sword is a tribute to the Battle of Agincourt that was on October 25, 1415. The Battle of Agincourt was a victory over France at the start of the English conquests during the Hundred Year's War.
Arming Swords
The Arming Sword also called knight's or knightly sword is a single handed cruciform sword of the Middle Ages. These swords have a small fuller, standard sized hilt and narrow blade. The Arming sword was in use from about 10th century to about the 16th century. The sword was worn by a knight even when not in armor and was typically used with a shield or buckler.
Bastard Swords
Bastard Swords were developed in the mid 1400's as a form of long-sword with specially shaped grips for one or two hands. These swords typically had longer handles which allowed use by one or both hands. Bastard swords are also known as Hand-and-a-half swords. The sword's hilt often had side-rings and finger rings to defend the hand, and a more slender, or tapered, narrowly pointed blade. Bastard swords continued to be used by knights and men-at-arms into the 1500's,and for a time, enjoyed the civilian side-arm role that would later be superseded by the side sword and rapier.
Charlemagne Swords
Due to he success in his great empire there were two swords attributed to Charlemagne. The first was a saber which is kept in the Imperial Treasury in Vienna Austria. The second was a sword which is kept in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Today, the Charlemagne sword is a well representation of the great legacy of Charles the Great. The Charlemagne sword is a great collector's piece for his prized sword collection.
Charles V Swords
Charles V was the most important rulers of the Holy Roman Empire form 1519-1556. He was king of Spain known as Charles I form 1516-1556. Charles V inherited both the kingdom of Castile and Netherlands when he was six years old. At the age of 20, he nearly ruled half of the world and was known as one of the greatest monarchs since Charlemagne. When Charles V was 56 years old, he voluntarily gave up all his titles and possessions and retired to a monastery in Estremadura, Spain. Charles V spent the last remaining days of his life at the monastery.
Claymore Swords
The claymore sword is one of the most recognized swords in history. Claymore is a term derived from the Gaelic claidheamohmor, meaning "great sword." Claymore was first used to describe the large cross-hilted broadsword used in the Scottish Highlands and by Scottish mercenaries in Ireland from the late 15th to early 17 century. Several Scottish literary references indicate that the term "claymore" was applied by Gaelic speakers in the Highlands to both the old-fashioned, two-handed sword and the characteristic Scottish basket-hilted sword of the early 18th century.
Crusader Swords
The Crusader sword is a superb fighting weapon. The sword blade is flat with two narrow fullers running down the blade. The fullers make the blade stronger and lighter for the knight to carry and an effective weapon against mail armour. The strong blow from the Crusader sword will cut chainmail, while the sharp point is effective at stabbing. The Crusader cross cast on the pommel is a symbol of both heroism and Christian faith. The Crusader Sword is a symbol of a Knight's Christian religion and the very instrument of God's will on earth.
Excalibur Swords
The word Excalibur means "cut steel", is a well known named legend, the story of King Arthur. The "Sword in the Stone" legend is of Arthur drawing the sword out of the rock first appeared in Robert de Boron's tale called Merlin. The sword that was in the stone was called Excalibur and Merlin the wizard proclaimed, only one shall be able to remove the sword from the stone, and that person would be the next king.
Falchion Swords
A falchion is a medieval single handed, one edged sword of European origin. The Falchion sword may come from a French word for a sickle, "fauchon". The back of the sword is either straight or somewhat concave and the edge is convex curve. Falchion swords can be seen in Medieval art being used against lighter armors by infidels as well as footman and even knights.
Flamberge Swords
The Flamberge is a French word that means Flamboyant. The Flamberge is a sword that is typically a rapier but a long sword as well. The Flamberge sword has a wavy blade that is to aid in parring or chopping up pikes or spears. The Flamberge is also called Flambards, large claymores and Flammards. The Flamberge sword is of Germanic or Swedish descent starting around the 13th century.
Great Swords
Great swords are infantry swords which cannot be used comfortably in a single-hand. The term "great-sword" has come to mean a form of long-sword that is still not the specialized weapons of later two-handed swords. While there is some overlap in terms as great swords are sometimes (correctly) called "two-handed swords", it is not historically correct to refer to all "two-handed swords" as great swords.
Hand and a Half Swords
Hand and a half swords is a modern term to describe bastard swords but it is used in reference to long swords. The hand and a half blade is used for thrusting and the length of the blade is not any longer than the long sword. The grip of the hand and a half sword was long enough to accommodate one hand or two hands when used in combat. These swords appear around the 16th century.
Henry V Swords
A reproduction of the Henry V's sword hangs over his tomb in Westminster Abbey,England. The sword has been dated before 1422 and has an iron cross and pommel. The blade is pretty plain and the length is 27". The Henry V sword is has been referred to as the archetype of the medieval swords. Henry V's sword that exemplifies the attributes that a knightly sword of the highest quality can exhibit.
Knight Swords
The Knight sword also call the knightly sword was used in from the 12th through the 14th century. The knight sword has simple straight cross guard and round disc style pommel. A wide fuller blade made it a very fast and maneuverable sword making it awesome cutting power while increasing thrusting ability. The knightly sword retained enough lightness that it could be swung easily in one hand from horseback, but allowed the warrior to use the blade in two hands while on foot during hand to hand combat.
Long Swords
Long swords were weapons used mainly during the middle and late Medieval period. Long swords are both an offensive and defensive weapon and can be used for parries and deflections, as well as, cuts and thrusts. Cuts with a long sword are delivered either as slices or as extremely powerful chopping blows. Although it is primarily used with two hands, a long sword is still capable of being wielded with a single hand, allowing the off hand to be used for grappling, punching, and grabbing an opponent or his sword.
Masonic Swords
The Masonic sword had several meanings and symbols. The Square symbolizes things of the earth, and it also symbolizes honor, integrity, truthfulness, and the other ways we should relate to this world and the people in it. The Compasses symbolize things of the spirit, and the importance of a good and well-developed spiritual life, and also the importance of self control - of keeping ourselves within bounds. The G stands for Geometry, the science which the ancients believed most revealed the glory of God and His works in the heavens, and it also stands for God, Who must be at the center of all our thoughts and of all our efforts.
Military Swords, Military Sabers, and Officers Swords
Collectors and military re-enactors can find the perfect weapon for their needs here in the Military Swords offered by Medieval Collectibles. We carry a fantastic assortment of military sabers and officer swords modeled on historical swords of various eras. Our functional and decorative military swords include everything from American Revolution swords to German SS sabers, so be sure to take a moment to peruse our selection!
Musketeer Swords
The Musketeers are a special corps of swordsmen that Luis XIII established to protect the crown and his wife Queen Anne. The famous line "All for one and one for all", is a cry of the three musketeers before they attack there enemies. The three musketeers were masters of swordplay and lived by a strict code of ethics. The novel by Alexandre Dumas, tells the adventures of a man called D'Artagnan leaving home to become a musketeer. The real three musketeers were his friends Athos, Porthos and Aramis.
Richard The Lionheart Swords
Richard the Lionheart, son of Henry II, was one of the great warrior kings of England from 1189 to 1199. Richard the Lionheart's real name was Richard Plantagenet. Richard also earned another nickname The Absent King because he spent only six months in England during his reign as king. He was a chivalrous knight and a brave warrior during his reign as king gave him that nickname Richard the Lionheart or Coeur de Lion.
Robin Hood Swords
Robin Hood is a bandit of who lived in Sherwood Forest. Robin Hood's real name is Robin of Locksley. The legendary fable character is known for stealing from the rich and give to the poor. This fable tale came alive during the reign of Ricardo Heart of Leon or otherwise known as Richard the Lionheart. Robin Hood was very loyal to the king but despised John Landless and Sheriff or Yorkshire. Robin Hood and is band of followers, John-Little and Friar-Tuck, engaged in countless mischievous adventures that frustrated the evil Sheriff of Nottingham.
Roman Gladius Swords
The Roman sword of choice was the gladius. Most Roman Gladius Swords were of rather short length, typically measuring between 18 and 24 inches long, although longer swords became more common as the Roman war machine grew and evolved. Gladius were typically considered to be stabbing weapons, thanks to their vicious point and wide blade, although their manner of construction made them quite effective at cutting and slashing, too.
Short Swords
The Short Sword also called arming sword refers to the single handed cruciform swords of the Middle Ages. After the 14th Century the short sword was hung from the belt of the knight, while the long sword hung from the saddle. The Shortsword was designed primarily as cutting weapons to shear through mail and/or armor, these weapons were big but by no means unwieldy. Short swords typically were used with a shield or buckler.
Solomon Swords
The Sword of King Solomon pays tribute to this monarch's great spirituality and wisdom. Solomon was king of Israel from 970 to 931 B.C. King Solomon built the Jerusalem Temple and cultivated the Sciences and Arts. Two women were fighting over a baby and King Solomon, in order to find out which one was the real mother, gave his sword to a soldier and ordered him to spilt the baby in two and to give one half to each of the women.
Templar Swords
The Knights of Templar is a group of nine men who dedicated their services to the king and to God, to protect sojourners during their pilgrimages to and from the sacred land. The Knights Templar formed near the end of the First Crusade, around 1112. These Knights were very poor and only lived in poverty. As they became more powerful knightly order, they became extremely wealthy individuals. Then around the 14th century, the French monarchy drove the Knights of Templar out of existence.
Two Handed Swords
Two Handed Swords are also known as the Great sword and Zweihander. A two handed sword is a large sword that is up to about 6 feet in length and weight about 15to 20 pounds. The sword was used from the middle of the 15 century to the late 16 century. The name evolved because it took two hands to use the sword in battle. These swords were mainly used for swing rather than thrusting, to crush through heavy armour that was used. The two handed sword is a double edged sword with a round point.