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The short sword, also called an 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. This weapon was designed primarily as a cutting weapon to shear through mail and/or armor.
While these weapons were big, they were 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 longsword or bastard-sword during the 14th century.
After these longer blades came into use, a short sword would be kept as a backup, for use when the longer swords were not available. This sword is thought to have directly led to the development of the side-sword of the Renaissance.
Short swords, or arming weapons, can also be classed as “riding-swords” (also “parva ensis” or “epee courte”). It is this single-hand form which is so closely associated with the idea of the “knightly sword or knight’s sword.”
This weapon is also often distinguished as 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, as 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. We invite you to share in the experience of an era gone by 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 use them during Medieval Reenactments.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the Length of a Medieval Short Sword?
The blade of these weapons typically measures 12 to 20 inches. These light blades often get more length when mounted on wooden shafts or handles, such as staff swords, ninja swords, and fantasy-type collectibles.
These historical items often hung from the belt of noble knights alongside their longer blades. While they were typically used to open mail envelopes, they are quite effective during close-ranged combats in delivering a sharp blow to the enemy in a single slash or thrust.
Where Can You Get a Historical Short Blade?
Medieval Collectibles offers a wide range of these items from different Medieval times. Arming blades often vary from different time periods, which makes each of them more interesting and unique. If you’re looking to choose from a ton of options, whether for guard defense or combat, our all-inclusive online shop is the place to go.
These weapons look great on display for historical collectors. They also make the perfect props for Medieval reenactments and plays. With their intricate design and excellent craftsmanship, these elegant products will instantly transport you into the Middle Ages–whether in Europe, Asia, or other parts of the world.