When someone asked me how much a real sword costs and if you can buy one on Amazon, I did what I usually do whenever someone brings up swords and politely educated them on why historically accurate swords are the best. Now I want to take this chance to provide some cool information for beginners and first time sword buyers who are looking for the best swords on Amazon, because knowing how to separate fantasy swords from historically accurate swords can be helpful when shopping for functionality.
How much is a real sword?
To get a top quality replica sword that is “battle ready” and functional can cost over $2000 USD in some cases, especially if the swords are handmade by master blacksmiths. If you’re willing to pay $1500 or more for a sword then check out Albion Swords or other reputable manufacturers. On this post we’ll be talking about real and functional swords for sale on Amazon that are much cheaper and perfect for beginners.
Does Amazon sell real swords?
I found out that there are some great options on Amazon for cheap functional swords. So, yes, you can buy real swords on Amazon for under $200 USD. Other swords on Amazon are in the mid $300 USD range. $100 to $150 is the budget I’d recommend for a beginner to buy his or her first sword, either to practice cutting or to learn how to take care of polished steel, and there are plenty of swords on Amazon within that price range. But keep in mind that although they’re functional they won’t be as durable and high quality as other replica swords on the market.
What do I mean by “functional” swords?
I scoured Amazon for swords that are realistic enough and historically accurate as well as cheap. Instead of being fantasy-esque, that meaning inspired by popular fantasy settings, the swords on this list are inspired by real historical weapons from the Middle Ages and other time periods, and that to me is a huge part of what makes them functional because original sword designs from history are optimal at performing their jobs. A functional sword should also be made out of steel, easy to use and sharp enough to cut well. So let’s get to it. Below is my list of the best cheap swords on Amazon that are functional and historical.
What are the best swords on Amazon?
32″ steel blade
Reviews of this functional one-handed sword give 4 out of 5 stars with people calling it “balanced fairly well” and “very sharp and sturdy”. It’s nice to have an affordable option for the iconic one-handed sword of the Early Middle Ages. This one is described as a Viking sword and comes with a scabbard and thong. The long quillons provide decent hand protection compared to other contemporary swords of the Viking Age. The simplicity that comes with being historical is what allows the swords listed here to be so functional compared to fantasy swords that have complex designs.
24-1/2″ steel blade
Reviews of this 15th-century one-handed sword for sale on Amazon give it 3.5 stars out of 5. People are calling it “polished very well” and “nice and light” and it comes with a scabbard to wear on your side. This general shape of sword became popular in the 14th century. You can see how different yet similar it is to the 9th-century sword above or the 11th-century sword below. They call this sword the Archer’s Sword and for the low price it would allow an archer to spend more money on their armor and ranged weapons. I’d recommend this sword for anyone who wants a nice and effective side-arm that isn’t too cumbersome.
32-1/2″ steel blade
Reviews give 4 out of 5 stars to this 11th-century cheap functional arming sword for sale on Amazon. Described as a battle ready Crusader sword, it combines elements of the 9th- and 15th-century swords if you’re looking for a balance. The pommel might be too gaudy for some tastes but with such a low price you wouldn’t expect the pommel to be decorated at all. In the reviews people describe this sword as “actually amazing quality” and “worth it for practice and beginners”.
39-7/8th” steel blade
Reviews of this giant two-handed great sword for sale on Amazon give it 4 out of 5 stars. The great sword was used in the 15th and 16th centuries and is a famous weapon of the Landsknechte. This beast of a medieval weapon, totaling at 55-1/4″, is a historical option if you’re looking for giant swords for sale on Amazon. Reviewers say that it’s “quite remarkable and sturdy” and that “it’s a very fun sword to hold and display”.
25″ steel blade
Reviews give 4.5 stars out of 5 for this historical sword from the 20th century for sale on Amazon. The curved shape of a cutlass optimizes the blade for chopping and cutting. An old design stretching back to the 16th century, the cutlass was still used in World War II and has been a favorite among many sailors. There were many variants of the cutlass over time. Reviewers say this sword on Amazon is a “solid piece” and “responds to the slightest movement of your hand”.
Reviews of this historical saber for sale on Amazon give it 4.5 stars out of 5. Cavalry sabers were longer than infantry sabers so that they could reach further on horseback. Like the cutlass, the curved design of this functional sword optimizes it for chopping. People say that it’s “well balanced” and “handles decently well”. If you’re looking for a cheap saber for sale this Amazon sword looks like a great option.
By far the most affordable sword on this list, this small and nimble sword for sale on Amazon is much shorter than the cavalry sword above. A cheap functional sword nonetheless, with many good reviews on Amazon. This type of cutlass might look more familiar if you’ve seen a lot of pirate movies because the cutlass is actually the sword a historical pirate might use. Total reviews give it 4.5 stars out of 5 stars and they say that it’s “actually rather sharp” and “does the job”. This cheap sword won’t be anything like the real battle worthy swords of the 17th century but it’s a close step for such a low price.
Reviews of this functional medieval sword for sale on Amazon give it 4 out of 5 stars. The bastard sword is a hand-and-a-half sword which in simple terms means it can be held with either one hand or two hands. Unlike a great sword or saber, the ability to switch from wielding the sword with one hand to wielding the sword with two hands gives the weapon more options in different combat scenarios. Reviews on Amazon call this bastard sword “well-made” and “good over all”. But others warn it is over-priced. A high quality bastard sword usually costs over $1000 USD though.
35-1/2″ steel blade
Last but not least the iconic medieval longsword. There are many long swords on Amazon but few that remain historical. The one listed here is of Italian design, resembling medieval swords from the 14th century. Longswords are meant to be used two-handed but they are much more nimble than great swords. Reviewers call this one “beautifully polished” and “sharp enough to easily slice through paper”. They give it a total of 4 out of 5 stars. If you’ve decided you want to go with a longsword I recommend watching a few HEMA tutorials to learn proper stances.
Still not sure if you want a one-handed sword or a two-handed sword?
Check out YouTube channels like Metatron and Shadiversity to learn more about real swords.
Thanks for reading!
I hope this list of swords on Amazon was useful and educational for you.
Disclaimer: I’m always glad to provide education on separating real swords from fantasy swords and I was surprised no one had made a blog post about real swords on Amazon yet. If you shop through the Amazon links I provide I’ll make a small commission at no extra cost to you!
Check out my other posts for cool information about life in medieval times.
I hope you find the sword you’re looking for!