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Complete Your Renaissance Costumes with Swords, Daggers, and Knives

Whether you're completing your Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) garb or dressing for a medieval wedding, medieval swords and daggers add just the right finishing touches to an outfit. Yet there are so many different types of weapons that it's sometimes hard to choose. Here is some information that will help you find just what you need.


When it comes to swords, the options are virtually endless. Whether you're outfitting your SCA armor or finding accessories for pirate costumes, it's important to recognize that some swords are constructed for appearance, while others are forged for combat. In other words, you need to know whether you want a sword that is purely decorative, or one that will be effective in competitions and exhibitions.

Beyond that, there are a number of distinctive sword styles. Scottish Claymore swords, for example, are both heavy and long, and are usually stored in sheaths and carried over the back. The Claymore was initially a straight, double-edged sword featuring a cross hilt with the guards turned downward, but is also the name used for a basket hilt sword with a single edge.

Japanese samurai swords, on the other hand, feature curved blades and grips that are wrapped in silk. Held in lacquered scabbards, both the katana and tachi are long and single-edged, while the wakizashi is a shorter sword.

When it comes to medieval swords, many people prefer legendary swords, designed after those carried by Joan of Arc, Richard the Lionhearted, Robin Hood, and others. Other people are inspired by mythic beings and fantasy warriors, and thus are drawn to fantasy swords, while those who want to be impeccable in their SCA armor choose accurate historical reproductions of swords that can cut through planks.


When selecting daggers to complete your costumes, there's a wide variety from which to choose. For example, there are stilettos, which were carried by the upper class in the 17th century, and the main gauche, which was used in the Renaissance as a left-handed weapon to defend oneself and which features an ornate hilt guard. In addition, there are eating daggers, which typically incorporate black antler or white bone handles, and bodice daggers, which are sewn into the bodice or corset. English-style daggers usually have a blade length of about ten inches, and often feature wire-wrapped handles.

Buying Swords and Daggers

When it comes to purchasing swords and daggers, it's best to find a source that has a wealth of experience in Renaissance costumes, pirate costumes, and medieval swords. The best selection and greatest knowledge base can be found online, most likely from a company that specializes in costumes and chivalry sports. There, you will find the best selection at all price points, ranging from economical decorative weaponry to authentic replicas of period pieces. These specialty sites often have a wealth of information, such as a Renaissance Faire finder and links to other resources, that will enable you to get the most enjoyment from your costumes and weaponry.

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