The archers primary weapon was the bow and arrow, but what did an archer turn to when the enemy tried to engage the archer in melee combat? In such a situation, the archer typically favored a short sword, just like this Archers Sword.
The evolution of the sword has taken many roads. In Europe, the sword remained straight and gradually got thinner. In other places though, things were different. This Turkish Schmitar shows that some cultures preferred a curved blade.
Modeled after the typical Viking sword, this blade is a weapon fit for a Viking leader or warlord. Historical in its design, the Chieftain's Viking Sword with Scabbard is a straight-forward blade that was designed for battle.
A typical crusader sword was usually an arming sword or a longsword, depending on the era and the crusader. This Crusader Cross Sword with Scabbard is a fantastic battle ready arming sword that features impressive crusades-era style.
While curved swords might have been used by the Greeks for their cutting power, oftentimes Greek warriors were equipped with a straight sword, like the Greek Sword with Bone Handle, because of its effectiveness and martial reliability.
This Medieval Knights Broad Sword is a variant of the arming sword, offering a wider blade at a similar length, which puts more impact and force behind every blow, ensuring that no opponent wants to be the recipient of your strikes.
The kopis was a blade favored by the ancient Greek warriors, its name literally translating to the phrase to cut. With its forward sweeping blade, cutting is something that the Kopis Sword with Bone and Brass Handle does very well.
When it came to your average warriors weapon, you were more likely to find something that was simple but impressively effective. That in mind, a Celtic warrior would likely have favored a blade like the Celtic Foot Soldier Sword.
The Wallace Scottish Sword is based on a blade that was reported to have been wielded by William Wallace in the Battle of Stirling Bridge and in the Battle of Falkirk in the Wars of Scottish Independence, when this hero made his name.
A crusader lived or died, by their blade, so as you can imagine, some took their swords very seriously. For pure efficiency, a sword in the style of this 12th C. Crusader Sword would have been favored, for its shape and its availability.
While curved swords might have been used by the Greeks for their cutting power, oftentimes Greek hoplites and warriors were equipped with a straight sword, like the Greek Sword, because of its martial effectiveness and reliability.
A sword was one of the most versatile weapons for a medieval soldier to carry. Even those who utilized pikes, such as the pikemen in the Landsknecht, carried one - that particular sword being this unique Landsknecht Katzbalger Sword.
The Roman approach to war was simple and pragmatic, and thus the gladius became their main sword for its ease of use and manufacture. Over time, the gladius was available in two types, with this Roman Mainz Sword being the earlier type.
The Scots were not without their own mercenary force in the Middle Ages, and theirs were, locally, some of the best fighters around. This Gallowglass Sword is based on the weapon of that group, as well as carrying their name!
The kopis was a blade favored by the ancient Greek warriors, its name literally translating to the phrase to cut. With its forward sweeping blade, cutting is something that the Kopis Sword with Horse Head Handle does very well.
Not all Vikings came from the same region, and so not all Vikings favored the same weapons. This Norwegian Viking Sword, for instance, has features of the classic Viking sword, as well as key differences that set it apart from the rest.
Perfectly suited to the combat of the gladiatorial arenas, short weapons like this Bone Handled Gladiator Dolch were used by many a Roman gladiator. As weapons, they also helped ensure an exciting match for the spectators, too.
The gladius was the favored weapon of the Roman armies, and in trained hands, this blade became one of the most effective in history. The Roman Mainz Gladius Sword is so-named because it is a lethal and deadly leaf-styled Mainz blade.
The versatility of the sword meets the percussive power of the axe in this formidable weapon. The Ornate Royal Khopesh is based on a design out of ancient Egypt, one that was favored by kings, guardians, and warriors all.
The basket hilt sword developed alongside the rapier, and was often dubbed a broadsword in comparison. This Brass Basket Hilt Scottish Sword is, by name and style, of the Scottish origin, where heavier swords were more favored.
The Shashka is somewhat similar to the typical cavalry saber. Originally a saber from the Caucasus region, swords like this Black Russian Shashka were adopted by many Russian forces, and by the Cossacks, who are most famous for them.
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.
The sword of a Viking warrior was already an impressive weapon, but in this Damascus Viking Sword, it is combined with the almost-legendary damascus steel, creating a weapon that looks every inch to be beautiful yet formidable.
The Romans did utilize cavalry forces to decimate their foes from time to time, equipping them with this Roman Cavalry Sword instead of the gladius to ensure that every mounted warrior had the reach to strike foes while on the move.
This simple yet attractive Viking sword is modeled after an archaeological find that is dated to 1100AD. Named after where the sword was originally found, this Korsoygaden Viking Sword has a distinctive hilt and a broad, deadly blade.
Despite any differences between bronze and steel, there is no denying that Bronze Age weapons possess an appearance that rivals those of steel. The Bronze Celtic War Sword, for instance, has a fine gilded look that is undeniable.
The versatility of the sword meets the percussive power of the axe in this formidable weapon. The Ornate Black Khopesh is based on a design out of ancient Egypt, one that was favored by kings, guardians, and warriors all.
The gladius was the favored weapon of the Roman armies, and in trained hands, this blade became one of the most effective in history. The Pompeii Gladius Sword is modeled after the Pompeii gladius, which featured parallel edges.
The gladius was the Roman weapon of choice for many years, and it exceled during its years of service. This Damascus Roman Mainz Gladius mimics the classic Roman sword and enhances it with a resplendent damascus steel pattern.
This Viking sword is equal parts effective blade and elegant display. With its broad blade and its impressive hilt, this Norwegian Sword truly is a stunning example of how simple Viking weapons can be made into striking works of art.
Based on a famous museum piece found in the Royal Armouries in Leeds, this 1432 Milanese Sword with Finger Guard is a part of the Primus collection, as well as stunning recreation of the Type XIX Oakeshott style sword.
This Viking Sword with Scabbard is the perfect picture of what type of sword the Viking might have carried, circa 950AD. Of course, an actual Viking sword at the time would have been a bit more worn, thanks to years of use and care.
The kopis was a blade favored by the ancient Greek warriors, its name literally translating to the phrase to cut. With its forward sweeping blade, cutting is something that the Kopis Sword with Brass Handle does very well.
This sword is modeled after one of the longer blades wielded by the Legion during 3rd Century Rome, with one exception. Instead of regular steel, this Damascus 3rd Century Roman Spatha has a blade patterned after damascus steel.
Seldom does a warrior go into battle with just one weapon, and even if you do not plan on wielding it, it is always nice to have a back-up. The Bronze Celtic Short Sword is based on a blade that would have went with many warriors to war.
Featuring a touch of Scottish design, this Highland Long Sword is the weapon that any knight would be glad to wield - possessed of an effective form and a long blade, while still having a bit of stylish design to its appearance, as well.
When a Greek soldier, known as a Hoplite, marched into battle, they favored group tactics, using javelins to soften their foes from afar before switching to a sword, likely this Grecian Straight Sword, to use when fighting.
Swords came in all different shapes and sizes, although this Medieval Sword is perhaps one of the best depictions of the sword that any warrior would have wielded, whether serving a king, fighting in the army, or acting as a brigand.
This Spartacus Sword is a variant of the classic gladiator weapon, the dolch. This blade is stylized and more ornate, befitting the name of Spartacus, who was one of the most famous gladiators and rebels to ever challenge Romes authority.
The gladius was the favored weapon of the Roman armies, and in trained hands, this blade became one of the most effective in history. The Ornate Pompeii Gladius Sword is modeled after the Pompeii gladius, which featured parallel edges.
As swords evolved from the Middle Ages to the High and Late Middle Ages, they became longer and stronger. This Classic Medieval Long Sword, for instance, is an example of a Late Middle Age sword, made for use with one or two hands.
Crusaders rarely wielded ornate weapons, instead favoring ones that were reliable and effective. This First Crusader Sword with Scabbard is a replica of the typical sword that might have accompanied a soldier during the First Crusades.
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 was the favored weapon of the Roman armies, and in trained hands, this blade became one of the most effective in history. The Pompeii Gladius II Sword is modeled after the Pompeii gladius, which featured parallel edges.
Not all Celtic weapons were designed with function in mind. Take, for example, the Bronze Celtic Antennae Sword. This weapon features an effective blade and a hilt set with a flowing, decorative pommel, all cast in bronze.
The gladius was the favored weapon of the Roman armies, and in trained hands, this blade became one of the most effective in history. The Economy Pompeii Gladius Sword is modeled after the Pompeii gladius, which featured parallel edges.
For a warrior of note, status, and prestige, no simple sword will do. Such a warrior would require a blade worthy of their position, one that is grand in appearance yet functional. That weapon is this Guingate Sword with Scabbard.
The Tewkesbury Sword is an example of a medieval long sword, featuring a gently tapered sword blade that looks like it would excel at both cutting and thrusting. That makes it the ideal weapon to find in the hand of any medieval warrior.
Modeled after the Viking sword, this blade is suited for a respectable and strong Viking Warrior. Classic and historical in its design, the Warrior's Viking Sword with Scabbard is a straight-forward blade that was designed for war.
The Twisted Claymore, named because of its distinctive grip, is patterned after the two-handed blades that were commonly used by the English and the early Scottish during their near-constant clan warfare and brutal border disputes.
This 11th C. Viking Sword is an almost instantly recognizable style of sword, one that is as iconic as the people who made it famous! In your hands, it will make you feel more like a Viking, allowing you to channel your inner Norseman.
Covered in armor and lethal weapons, it is not hard to see why the people of a desert might revere the scorpion. This Scorpion Scimitar Sword bears the arachnids likeness in a fine etching, set into the steel of the impressive blade.
In many ways, the Saxon Sword paralleled the design of the Viking sword, possessing similar features. All in all, that is not a bad thing, though, as it means that this Saxon Sword is a simple blade that looks fit for battle.
Likely named for Robert the Bruce, this Two Handed Bruce Sword echoes the design of a hand and a half sword or claymore, offering a hefty, long blade that no doubt would give any foe reason to pause or even turn and flee!
In medieval days, damascus steel was used in Middle Eastern swordmaking, and was reported to be much stronger than European steel. If that is true, then this Damascus Viking Sword would be quite the weapon, thanks to its blended design.
Similar in design to the gladius, the spatha was a straight sword favored by Roman heavy infantry units. This Late Roman Sword is an ornate spatha design, featuring long, straight edges that culminate into a vicious, angular point.
The Arming Sword with Scabbard is a replica of the sword that became the traditional weapon of the knight, before the longsword. The weapon is a single-handed sword with a broad blade designed for cutting, slashing, and thrusting.
As swords changed in Southern Europe across the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, so too did they change in the North. This Culloden Scottish Basket Hilt Sword is an example of what the typical sword would have looked like in Scotland.
Easy to make and highly effective, it is not hard to see why swords of the cruciform shape were a mainstay of many early medieval armies. This Cruciform Bastard Sword echoes the shape for warriors who prefer a larger sword.
The bastard sword, also known as the hand and a half sword, was an effective weapon of the medieval ages, and this Gothic Bastard Sword is no different, featuring the same design infused with a bit of gothic design for style.