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 Short sword 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. They were the standard military sword of the knight (merely called a war sword) until technological changes led to the rise of the long sword or bastard-sword during the 14th century. After these longer swords came into use, an short sword would be kept as a backup, for use when the longer swords were not available. This sword is thought to have directly lead to the development of the side-sword of the Renaissance. Short swords or Arming swords can also be classed as "riding-swords" (also "parva ensis" or "epeecourte"). It is this single-hand form which is so closely associated with the idea of the "knightly sword or knight's sword". The short sword is often distinguished a longer, thrusting, "anti-armor" blade from a one-handed "cut and thrust" type. Our Short swords can be used for display or for battle re-enactments, each reproduction is created to the specifications of the original. The dimensions and weight are accurate on every piece so you get a medieval weapon that is actually balanced and fun to hold instead of just pretty to look at. Medieval times were sometimes brutal, sometimes romantic, but always a source of intrigue. Medieval Collectibles invites you to share in the experience of an era past with our collection of Short swords. All our Short Swords are expertly hand-crafted and authentic replicas! You can display them in your office, home or for Medieval Reenactments.
The Spartan army was one of the toughest on record. They devoted themselves to being the best of the best. This leaf shaped blade is high carbon steel, and the grip is bronze. Scabbard is wood covered in leather.
Largely known for their balance, dexterity, and coordination, elven warriors are favor skill and speed over power and brute-force. Many would choose to wield the Elf Warrior Dual Swords for techniques requiring twin blades.
Not quite a gladius, too short to be a spatha, and too big to be a pugio, this Roman Short Sword is a balanced design based on the Roman style of sword-making, with a blade that stands out among examples of other Roman weapons.
The Single Handed Short Sword features a hammered, blackened iron pommel and guard welded to a hefty steel blade. The Single Handed Short Sword is durable and suitable for stage and reenactment fighting and come to you at a great price.
The Viking Short Sword features a hammered and blackened iron pommel and guard welded to a hefty steel blade. The Viking Short Sword is durable and suitable for stage and reenactment fighting and come to you at a great price.
The wonderfully designed Masonic Short Sword has an overall length of 20.5 inches. The scabbard is made of metal with beautiful design work done in a silver and pewter finish. The pommel is the knights head and guard has Masonic designs.
This European Short Sword has been styled in an early form boasting a dashing single handed, all brass guard and handle. The European Short Sword has a straight, double-edged carbon steel blade that is 27 inches long.
The grosse messer was a German blade, designed to take the place of the sword as a side-arm. They were used by nobles and commoners alike, although This Messer Sword with Scabbard certainly has the look of a weapon fit for noble hands.
Celtic artwork can be quite distinctive, and you need only look to this Celtic Anthropomorphic Sword with Scabbard to prove that point. This unique blade has an artistic hilt and a deadly blade, making it quite the sharp accent to see.
The traditional arms of a Celtic warrior were not complicated. In fact, this La Tene Celtic Short Sword, drawn from early Iron Age culture, demonstrates a straight-forward design, although one not lacking individual elegance, either.
Not all situations called for a traditional sword. Sometimes, a warrior needed something smaller, but still big enough to be battle-ready. In those moments, Celtic warriors would likely reach for a blade like this Celtic Short Sword.
While it might not be authentic in design, the sword of the Spartans in the feature film 300 is not without its historical merits. Now you can wield one as functional and deadly as its movie cousin in this Spartan Sword with Scabbard.
Roman gladiators were armed with aa assortment of weapons, all designed to make fights challenging and more interesting. This Roman Gladiator Sword with Scabbard and Belt is based on one sword that was originally of Thracian design.
Born of the Italian renaissance, the Cinquedea Short Sword was a popular weapon during the 15th and early 16th centuries. Named for its width (cinquedea means five fingers), it was favored by civilians, thanks to its hardy make.
Roman gladiators were armed with aa assortment of interesting weapons, all designed to make fights challenging and more interesting. This Roman Gladiator Sword with Scabbard is based on one sword that was originally of Thracian design.
While it might not be authentic in design, the sword of the Spartans in the feature film 300 is not without its merits. Now you can wield one as functional and deadly as its movie cousin in this Spartan Sword with Scabbard and Belt.
The grosse messer was a German blade, designed to take the place of the sword as a side-arm. They were used by nobles and commoners, although This Messer Sword with Scabbard and Belt certainly looks like a weapon fit for noble hands.
Celtic artwork can be quite distinctive, and you need only look to this Celtic Anthropomorphic Sword with Scabbard and Belt to prove that point. This unique blade has an artistic hilt and a deadly blade, making it a sharp accent to see.
Size does nothing to diminish the stunning appeal of this Turkish Guard Short Sword. Ornate detailing, a fine scabbard, and a colorful tassel make this piece a fine display sword, as well as a great weapon to hang at your side.
Historically varied, the saber occurs across many cultures as a military sword. This Napoleonic Briquet Short Sword, for instance, echoes the saber as used by Napoleon Bonaparte and his forces, during the Napoleonic Wars.
The gladius and the short sword stayed alive and well throughout history, and for good reason - pure effectiveness. This Napoleonic Short Sword is one example, which Napoleon equipped some of his troops with when they went into battle.
Inspired by the look of Sting in the Lord of the Rings films, the Halfling Short Sword makes a great looking fantasy weapon to add to your home arsenal. This functional sword is forged by hand for an impressive feel.
Featuring a magnificently stylish and functional design, the Trojan Short Sword embodies the styling of late Bronze Age weaponry with a leaf-shaped blade design, which is fairly short, as swords tended to be in this era.