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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...

IN STOCK - $279.67

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 - $59.67

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 - $279.67

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

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

Classic Medieval Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts
Classic Medieval Sword

The Classic Medieval Sword is an Oakeshott Type X with a Type I pommel and a Type VII crossguard. The long and wide fuller on th...

IN STOCK - $219.67

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

German Falchion

By: Windlass Steelcrafts
German Falchion

Although its prevalence in Medieval art testifies to its popularity, very few original falchions still exist. This rarity of sur...

IN STOCK - $209.67

Roman Gladius-Pompeii

By: Windlass Steelcrafts
Roman Gladius-Pompeii

The Roman Army's approach to warfare was direct and pragmatic. It chose the Gladius as its principal sidearm because the gladius...

IN STOCK - $219.67

Brass Pirate Cutlass Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts
Brass Pirate Cutlass Sword

Where would the seafaring rogue be without his trusty cutlass? This stout functional sword is made as rugged as the originals. T...

IN STOCK - $189.67

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

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.