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Functional European Swords

(Battle Ready) Hand Forged Carbon Steel Medieval Swords

We offer a large selection of historically accurate Functional Battle Ready Swords. Windlass Steelcrafts® are producing authentic historically accurate reproductions with the same methods used by their ancient predecessors. Each blade being hand forged in a semi-production environment by accomplished blade smiths. The result of this labor of love is unmatched even by today's most modern equipment.

Crecy War Sword

Crecy War Sword

The Battle of Crecy is known as one of most prominent of the Hundred Years War and one of the most decisive victories of the English over the French. Though the success was wrought mainly by wood instead of steel, the Crecy War Sword by Kingston Arms represents a considerable amount of time and research in to the specifications of single hand swords of the period, particularly from museum pieces and tapestries. Explicitly crafted to CAS specifications, the Crecy War Sword features a traditional ....

IN STOCK - $578.99

Gladius Machete

By: Cold Steel
Gladius Machete

Derived from the sword used by Celtic tribes of ancient Iberia (Spain) and adopted by the Roman Legions, the Gladius, with its l...

IN STOCK - $70.99

Cutlass Sword Machete

By: Cold Steel
Cutlass Sword Machete

Inspired by our 1917 Cutlass, our Cutlass Machete features a stiff, cut and thrust blade that's just as useful for repelling boa...

IN STOCK - $70.99

Kopis Machete

By: Cold Steel
Kopis Machete

The Cold Steel Kopis Machete is modeled closely on an ancient sword design that was held in high esteem by the Greeks, Romans, a...

IN STOCK - $67.99

Sticklestad Viking Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts
Sticklestad Viking Sword

The Battle of Sticklestad was the final battle of St. Olaf. This was traditional warfare, with two hosts meeting face to face. I...

IN STOCK - $339.99

Sword of Tancred

By: Windlass Steelcrafts
Sword of Tancred

Prince Tancred (known in French as Tancrède de Hauteville) was a Norman lord of Southern Italy, who was among the first noblemen...

IN STOCK - $367.99

Russian Shasqua

By: Windlass Steelcrafts
Russian Shasqua

Known first as a Cossack weapon that was used on horseback, the sword type was made the official officer’s sword of the Soviet U...

IN STOCK - $226.99

Italian Long Sword

By: Cold Steel
Italian Long Sword

The era of the long sword spanned almost three centuries (approximately 1350 to 1650). This, undoubtedly, was because it really ...

IN STOCK - $502.99

Ulfberht Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts
Ulfberht Sword

An old legend has it that a Nordic smith named Ulfberht developed the first all steel blade. This crucial development achieved n...

IN STOCK - $297.99

Eglinton Scottish Basket Hilt Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts
Eglinton Scottish Basket Hilt Sword

This Mid 18th Century Scottish Basket Hilt Back Sword is from a group of which about a dozen examples are known. Variations in t...

IN STOCK - $417.99

Roman Centurion Gladius

By: Windlass Steelcrafts
Roman Centurion Gladius

This beautiful Centurion gladius has a hand forged and tempered high carbon steel blade. This functional sword is worthy of a Ro...

IN STOCK - $346.99

The Freedom Fighter Early Scottish Claymore

By: Windlass Steelcrafts
The Freedom Fighter Early Scottish Claymore

Known throughout history, William Wallace became the most valiant freedom fighter Scotland has ever seen. This magnificent two h...

IN STOCK - $459.99

Cobra Steel Falcata

By: Windlass Steelcrafts
Cobra Steel Falcata

True all purpose function for the real outdoorsman. Windlass® Cobra survival knife features hand-forged, 1095 high carbon steel ...

IN STOCK - $84.99

What is a Functional European Sword (Battle Ready Sword)?

A functional European sword is a sword that has been produced, with proper sword production practices for the purpose of sword cutting, medieval re-enactment or rehearsed stage sword choreography. Functional European swords are most commonly recognized as “The Medieval” sword even though this class of sword is not restricted to the medieval or dark ages. The European sword designs are found throughout history including British pattern swords which were carried by cavalry officers in the American civil war. “Battle ready swords” is a term that has been adopted throughout sword selling websites to describe the Medieval or European functional sword. You will find the term “battle ready” used throughout our website, however we prefer to use “Functional sword”.

A functional sword is forged just like the originals, with the assistance of modern forging equipment the process remains the same. The sword blade is hammered and forged from a billet of high carbon steel, finished and shaped by hand. One of the most important steps in the swords production is proper blade tempering ensuring the right amount of flex so that the sword blade and sword fittings can withstand the high impact of repeated sword cutting. A functional sword will have a traditional tang that is an extension of the blade though the hilt and pommel. The blade will either be pinned (peened) or have a pommel button, which is a special nut that fastens to the sword tang. Unlike a simple decorative sword which welds a thin rod to the tang (rat-tail), the tang of a functional European sword is constructed from the same piece of steel during forging to maintain the swords strength.

How easy is it to use a Functional Medieval Sword?

Most of our functional medieval or European swords come un-sharpened for the sword collector and medieval re-enactor. There are several different blade options available for cutting or stage depending on your needs.Cutting or using a sword can be done quite easily as long as you keep safety in mind.Swords are very long blades for the purpose of cutting and should be treated with respect.The basic use of a sword is a lot of fun but don't expect to become a sword master over night. Consider a medieval knight would train from 6-7 years old for several years to perfect the art of the sword. There are several sword resources available online if you would like to pursue Western martial arts and perfect your sword technique. Medieval squires would often train with wasters (practice swords) before ever touching a live blade. Whether you enjoy being an occasional backyard cutter,practice the sword for film or theater, enjoy medieval re-enactment or want to seriously pursue sword martial arts, there is nothing like the feeling of holding a good quality functional sword.