Most Impressive Historical Swords

Here is a list of some of the most impressive historical swords

German executioner’s sword from 1613 with the inscription “And the Word became Flesh”

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The zweihänder sword that belonged to Grutte Pier (1480-1520), Friesian pirate and warlord

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Massive swords of Hungarian origin dating back to the 14th century.

Zweihänder swords developed from the longswords of the Late Middle Ages and became the hallmark weapon of the German Landsknechte from the time of Maximilian I (d. 1519) and during the Italian Wars of 1494–1559.

These swords represent the final stage in the trend of increasing size that started in the 14th century. In its developed form, the Zweihänder acquired the characteristics of a polearm rather than a sword due to their large size and weight and therefore increased range and striking power. Consequently, it was not carried in a sheath but across the shoulder like a halberd.

These Parade Swords were carried at the front of parades, often for church saint’s days and similar civic events during the later medieval and renaissance period. most of them have pommels which are designed to hook into a belt, so they can be carried point-upward, but the weight supported on the person’s waist.

The one in the middle (the biggest) is 270 cm long

There are now on display at the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul.

The giant two-handed sword that belonged to the Bavarian Prince-Elector Maximilian II, made from a sawfish snout, 1689

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Scythian sword, 2500 years old Gold in perfect condition, iron rusted

Scythian sword

This Viking sword was found by reindeer hunters at high altitude in the Mountains of Oppland County. It may have belonged to a Viking who lost his way and died here 1100 years ago

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Golden Scythian sword and scabbard. The scabbard has a representation of the intertwined beasts and gryphons of the Inner Earth. From Bolschaja Beloserka. 4th century BC

Golden Scythian sword

Hanja-no-Ontachi is a Japanese sword that was forged in the Edo Period (1603–1867) with the wish that it would repel evil and demons, and create a bright, clean, and peaceful society. With a total length of 465 cm and a weight of 75 kg, it is believed to be the largest sword in Japan


A 900-year-old Crusader sword was discovered off Israel’s northern coast in October 2021. The iron sword measures just under 4 ft. long and is believed to have belonged to a Crusader who was sailing to the Holy Land around 1100 AD.

Viking Era Sword with a well preserved engraved silver hilt, bearing runes – dated back to 1030 CE The sword, dating back to the late Viking Age, was recovered from a site near the village of Langeid in Norway’s Bygland municipality. It was found inside a Viking grave, lying next to a coffin

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The sword of Cesare Borgia (1475 – 1507), the Duke of Valentino

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Sword (96,5 cm: Ivory and steel), Netherlands second half of 17th c. Hilt of this sword depicts the rescue of Andromeda by Perseus

Napoleon’s Gold-Encrusted sword, the same sword that he used in his campaign in Egypt and during the battle of Marengo. it was last sold at auction in 2007 for $6.5 million