Short Swords

The Medieval 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.


Medieval short swords were typically used with a shield or buckler. They were the standard military sword of the Medieval 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, 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 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 for its longer, thrusting, “anti-armor” blade from a one-handed “cut and thrust” type.


Get handcrafted and authentic short sword replicas at Dark Knight Armoury

Our short swords can be used for display or for battle reenactments. 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. All our short swords are expertly hand-crafted and authentic replicas! You can display them in your office, or home, or use them for Medieval reenactments.


The Medieval period was sometimes brutal, sometimes romantic, but always a source of intrigue. We invite you to share the experience of a bygone era with our collection of Short swords. 


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