WWI Battle Beads - St. Benedict Crucifix

Frequently Bought Together

Small Rosary Tin - Silver or Brass Color
Ave Maria Gratia Plena Rosary Rings - Beautiful Pocket Rosary Ring

  • Reproduction of original WWI service combat rosaries from 1916
  • Italian Silver finish St. Benedict Crucifix
  • Highly detailed Miraculous Our Lady centerpiece
  • Strong construction
  • Nickel-free Silver finish brass beads are no-tangle, no-rust
  • Double looped steel split rings for strength
  • Optional medals may be added (up to 4)
  • Over 4800 5-Star ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Reviews
  • Free round box for presentation and storage


This compact all-metal rosary is rugged, functional, and portable.  It has a meaningful history, as it is a replica of the service combat rosaries issued by the government to soldiers, sailors, and flying aces during WWI. Now with slightly larger Our Father beads, the WWI Battle Beads rosaries are the closest replica available to the vintage antique service combat rosaries from 1916!

These rosaries are quite strong, small and portable, and very easy to carry in your pocket. The chains are beautiful nickel-free silver patina finish over brass which makes them weighty and very comfortable in your hands. 

The Our Father beads are slightly larger to aid in meditative prayer.  You can feel where you are as you move through prayers and at 21" long, they are wearable but still bunch up small enough to carry in your pocket.  

Although the WWI Battle Beads Rosary is rugged enough to carry in your pocket, we do include a small round box for presentation and storage.

As with all Rugged Rosaries, you may add optional medals. We recommend only adding up to 4. Some of our photos show an optional medal attached.

You can rest assured you are getting the highest quality and best workmanship. We have been creating these in our own studio since 2012.  

You can read more about the antique WWI service rosary HERE.

Thank you for shopping and God bless.




Customer Reviews

Based on 4902 reviews
Nick (Charlotte, US)

This is my first ever rosary. I wanted something sturdy that I could carry in my briefcase for prayer breaks during the day. Tough. Doesn't get tangled. The beads are sufficiently different sizes. Cool history behind this replica. I love it.

Patricia S. (Twentynine Palms, US)
My prayer beads.

Im so inpressed with the exceptional care that is taken in the making of the rosary.
This is my 3rd purchase and I'm in love with them all!!

Aida B. (Winter Haven, US)

I got this WWI pocket rosary for my husband for Father’s Day. He absolutely loves it. It has a nice weight to it and it’s just so beautiful. I 100% recommend this piece.

Colin D. (Adrian, US)
KofC Rugged Rosary

This was recommended by a few Knights when they saw me fixing my current rosary.
This is a beautiful rosary and one that will last without needing repair. I bought a case for it also and it is great quality. Highly recommended!

Eric S. (Dallas, US)
Excellent Product

I think this is a great product if you are or about to become a Knight I use mine ALL the time. My only 2 minor critiques are I think they should give you a Our Lady of Guadalupe medal option as when I became a knight they told us our Marian devotion is Our Lady and that they need to add a St Michael medal option to the product page otherwise you wont regret buying


I have purchased several different rosaries from Rugged Rosaries. One is a full rosary (for myself) and the other one is a pocket rosary (for my son). I can honestly say that I have broken over a dozen rosaries over the last 15 years, but I have had my rugged rosary for over 2 years now and have yet to break it, even though it is in my pocket everywhere I go. I absolutely love the products at Rugged Rosaries. They produce the best weapons for the battle!

Linus D. (Shawnee, US)
Nice rosary

Having purchased several parachord rosaries, I decided to get a WWI Combat rosary for a gift, I am very impressed with the quality and feel of the rosary. I may get one for myself.

Benjamin S.I. (Moorestown, US)
Great Quality St. Michael Chaplet!

Great Quality St. Michael Chaplet!

Shipping Policy
What are your shipping rates?
We offer a free Standard shipping option for domestic USA orders of $60.00 or more.
We offer free Priority shipping for domestic USA orders of $200.00 or more.

On orders in the USA we offer the following rates which you can choose in the checkout process. In addition, we offer a free shipping option on orders of $60.00 or more.
The US Postal Service starts counting these days on the day after the item is received by the post office. We have found that orders going to the lower 48 states usually arrive within 3 or 4 days using standard but is not guaranteed.
  • USPS Standard  (5 - 10 days) for orders of $60.00 or more:  FREE
  • USPS Standard  (5 - 10 days) for orders up to $7.98:  $3.90
  • USPS Standard  (5 - 10 days) for orders over $7.99:   $6.90
  • USPS Priority  (2 - 4 business days): from  $11.90 - $16.50
  • USPS Priority Express (1 - 2 business days):  $32.50
  • UPS Ground (5 - 10 days):  $12.50
Note that orders over $120.00 may have higher priority and express shipping costs depend on weight and packaging sizes.


Shipping rates to Canada vary with size of order but begin at $15.00 USD.
Economy Intl is $15.00 USD - 6 to 10 days. (Larger orders up to $23.00 USD).
Express Intl is $26.50 USD - 3 to 5 days.  (Larger orders up to $32.00 USD).



We are also offering DHL Worldwide Express now. For some countries, this is the only option. Although DHL costs more, it has proven to be faster and more reliable. Costs will vary as shown at checkout. Costs begin at $25.20 USD.

All customs duties and import taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Rugged Rosaries offers a generous 90-day R-R-R guarantee:

  • R - Replace
  • R - Repair
  • R - Refund

If your order does not meet your expectations for any reason, we are happy to work with you to either send a replacement, do an exchange, accept returns for refund, or repairs.

We even do exchanges for copycat competitors' similar products!


If you would like to return an item for any reason within 90 days of your purchase date, and you are in the USA, then you can qualify for FREE EASY RETURNS. Just visit our return portal here:


If 90 days have gone by since your purchase, or if you are not in the USA, please email us at support@ruggedrosaries.com.

If you do not wish to use the FREE EASY USA RETURN portal, ship your item with a note that includes your name, email, and message as to why you wish to return your item, to the address below. When using this method, returns are accepted for any reason within 90 days of your purchase date. Please note we cannot refund return shipping costs.

Rugged Rosaries - Returns
6363 Richmond Ave. Suite 450
Houston, Texas 77057


Once your return is received and processed, we will send you an email to notify you that a refund has been applied to your credit card or original method of payment. Although we issue the refund immediately, it might take a few business days to appear on your credit card. Please note we cannot refund return shipping costs.

Sale items (if applicable)

Only regular priced items may be refunded. Unfortunately, sale items cannot be refunded.


We are also happy to exchange rosaries in new condition within a reasonable amount of time. Please email us at support@ruggedrosaries.com if you wish to make an exchange. In your email, just tell us which rosary you would like instead. We can send you the new rosary, along with a prepaid return label to make it simple to return the original rosary.

Exchanges from OTHER Companies - Dupe Swaps

If you purchased a similar product from another company such as a paracord rosary, or a WWI style combat rosary, and for whatever reason, you have a problem with it - We will take care of you! Maybe the other company doesn't have good customer service or maybe you bought a cheaper imported mass-produced copy (see about them here). We can exchange the product for one of our beautiful handmade rosaries. Why would we do this? Please read about our Exchanges from Other Companies HERE.


Please see how to get a rosary repaired/restrung by clicking HERE.

Please email us if you have any questions: support@ruggedrosaries.com.