Fantasy pirate sword

Learn about cutlass sword and other movie pirate swords that appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean films

Pirates have been sailing and conducting robberies in the seas for as long as mankind has used the sea for trade.

The Egyptian pharaohs of 13th century BC were not immune to their threats of ransacking. The sea commerce of the Roman Empire was at their mercy too, as well as Roman children who got kidnapped to be sold as slaves.

Pirates of the Caribbean

The Pirates of the Caribbean is a film series on the life and adventure of Captain Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp), Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley). Three sequels have already been released: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Dead Man’s Chest (2006), and the Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007).

Pirates of the Caribbean pirate swords

The Pirates of the Caribbean films were box-office hits. They have grossed roughly three billion dollars. Their popularity has likewise reflected on the brisk sales of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie props. Fantasy pirate swords that appeared in the film, game cards, graphic novels, and video games have also been popular. Below are some of the popular fantasy and movie pirate swords:

Jian: Elizabeth Swann sword

Elizabeth Swann is the heroine of Pirates of the Caribbean. She is the wife of Will Turner.

During the Battle of Maelstorm in Pirates of the Caribbean: At the World’s End, Elizabeth Swann used the Chinese sword jian.

The jian is a fairly simple sword: its blade is flat, double-edged, and single-handed.

A tassel is usually attached to the pommel. The hilt is either a cross-guard curved at the ends or disc-shaped.

Cutlass sword: William Turner sword

William Turner, played by Orlando Bloom, is a good swords smith. He was an apprentice to a local master smith in Port Royal, where he forged James Norrington sword.

In the film series, he is seen to have no difficulty in using any swords. He however is more comfortable using the cutlass sword.

A cutlass is a pirate saber with a straight or slightly curved blade with a French cupped or basket hilt. Its average length is about 0.6 meters.

English military hanger: Jack Sparrow sword

Captain Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp, used the English military hanger for combat. The Captain Jack Sparrow sword is the most famous of all Pirates of the Caribbean movie prop swords.

Jack Sparrow has used it in his unforgettable fight scenes with Will Turner, Davy Jones, and Hector Barbossa.

The English military hanger is a longer version of cutlass. While the cutlass measures about 0.6 meters, the hanger can be as long as a meter.

The hanger has a flat, slightly curved blade and forged with a knuckle guard on its hilt.

Smallsword: James Norrington sword

James Norrington is the English commodore at Port Royal who was engaged to Elizabeth Swann in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.

His sword was forged and offered by William Turner II to mark Norrington’s promotion from captain to commodore.

James Norrington sword is a small sword: one-handed, straight-bladed, light, and roughly a meter in length. It is a thrusting, hence dueling, sword that was in prevalent use among Royal Navy officers in 18th century.

Game Cards pirate sword: Silver Tongue

The Silver Tongue is the sword of Rachel Darling, who appeared in Pirates of the Carribbean Game Cards. The collectible card game was released in time with the promotion and showing of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

Rachel Darling is a vengeful character carrying out a vendetta against the mutineers of his father. The Silver Tongue is thus born out of malice, and it possesses evil power.

It absorbs the souls of those who got killed by its blade. The Silver Tongue has also corrupted Rachel Darling, enmeshing her in dark thoughts and nightmares.

Graphic novel pirate sword: St. Piran’s Blade

A magical sword, St. Piran’s Blade is a long sword ablaze in crackling fire when the swordsman has a heart of gold. It first appeared in comic short story Pirates of the Caribbean: Revenge of the Pirates.

Captain Jack Sparrow discovered St. Piran's blade inside a treasure chest sunk on seabed.

He is bent on keeping it for himself, but Elizabeth Swann and William Turner convinced him to turn over the sword to museums for better safekeeping.

Novel pirate sword: Sword of Cortes

The Sword of Cortes is a long sword famous in the young adult book series, Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow: The Sword of Cortes.

It is owned by Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes who conquered the Aztec civilization of South America in 16th century.

Captain Jack Sparrow and Davy Jones were searching for the Sword of Cortes because it has special powers.

Their plans were thwarted when the ghost of Hernan Cortes was stalking them, for he wished to use the sword again and bring himself back to life.

Other fantasy swords in Pirates of the Caribbean

The Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise has featured other medieval swords too. For instance, Captain Sao Feng, the Pirate Lord of the South China sea, uses the Chinese sword dao, which is single-handed, moderately curved, and cant-hilted.

Captain Davy Jones, a popular character from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Dead Man’s Chest, carries a cutlass sword and sometimes, a long sword.

Rapiers were used by Captain Hector Barbossa, the cursed captain in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl; Jean Magliore, a crew member under Captain Jack Sparrow); and Fitzwilliam P. Dalton III, a crew member of Captain Jack Sparrow in the search for the Sword of Cortes.

Collectible fantasy pirate swords

As you already have discovered, there are simply many sword collectibles from the Pirates of the Caribbean. What is good is that there are a lot of distributors who are selling them online.

So feel free to choose any of the Pirates of the Caribbean pirate swords that you like to collect. You can select from sword replicas of famous characters like Captain Jack Sparrow, William Turner, Elizabeth Swann and Davy Jones. Most of these replicas are ornamental swords, which are great for decorating your house, room or office.

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