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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.

Roman Gladius Maintz Pattern

Roman Gladius Maintz Pattern

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The Roman Army's approach to warfare was direct and pragmatic. It chose the Gladius as its principal sidearm because it was practical, efficient and excelled in any close combat situation. The early Gladius (our version is the Maintz pattern) was wasp waisted with a long point that combined cutting power and stabbing ability in one handy weapon. Later versions were not waisted and had a shorter point but were just as effective - and easier to make. Both swords served side-by-side for many years ....

IN STOCK- $239.67

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...

Check Inventory - $279.67

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 - $69.67

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 - $59.67

Scottish Cutlass Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts
Scottish Cutlass Sword

The crashing of waves, the roar of cannons, the shout of sea roques through the foreboding mist - this new functional cutlass ca...

IN STOCK - $249.67

Practical Norman Sword

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei
Practical Norman Sword

An important addition to our European practical line is the Practical Norman sword, based on a classic 11th century pattern popu...

IN STOCK - $194.67

German Bastard Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts
German Bastard Sword

This sword is a replica of number A477 from the famed Wallace Collection. Like many German swords it is primarily a cutting swor...

IN STOCK - $267.67

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 - $339.67

Sword of St. Maurice

By: Windlass Steelcrafts
Sword of St. Maurice

Saint Maurice of the all Christian Theban Legion is seen as the patron Saint of armies, soldiers, the Swiss Guard, arms makers, ...

IN STOCK - $369.67

Oakeshott Type XVIII Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts
Oakeshott Type XVIII Sword

This German Bastard Sword has steel parts with an etched pattern on the classic wheel pommel. The grip is wood with raised bands...

IN STOCK - $429.67

Chateauneuf De Randon Bastard Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts
Chateauneuf De Randon Bastard Sword

After the crushing defeat at Poitiers, France was unable to field a large army against the English invaders for some years and f...

IN STOCK - $389.67

Hutton Sabre

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei
Hutton Sabre

One of the rapidly growing arts within historical fencing societies is that of sabre fencing in the late 19th century Italian st...

IN STOCK - $147.67

Hungarian Saber

By: Windlass Steelcrafts
Hungarian Saber

Standing in Eastern Europe, Hungary was often warring with both the west and east. Though a western type feudal state, they were...

IN STOCK - $199.67

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.