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Functional European Swords

(Battle Ready) Hand Forged Carbon Steel Swords

We offer a large selection of historically accurate functional battle ready swords from the top forges. Windlass Steelcrafts® are producing authentic, hand forged in a semi-production environment by accomplished blade smiths. The result of this labour of love is unmatched even by today's most modern equipment. We are also proud to offer hand made functional swords by Darksword Armoury. Most of Darksword Armouries swords are produced right here in Canada.


Mercenary Schiavona Half Basket Hilt Sword
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Mercenary Schiavona Half Basket Hilt Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The magnificent Schiavona style sword was quite popular throughout Europe, however, it was the favorite weapon of choice for Venetian mercenaries. Our version, hand forged in high carbon steel, is a true work of art. The guard and scabbard fittings have been darkened to a battle ....

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Price: $294.99 $259.99 USD Currency
Gladius Machete
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Gladius Machete

By: Cold Steel

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

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Price: $49.99 USD Currency

The Accolade Sword of the Knights Templar
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The Accolade Sword of the Knights Templar

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

This magnificent sword named The Accolade would have been a sword worthy of the Grand Master to knight a loyal member into this holy order.

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Price: $369.99 USD Currency

Practical Viking Sword
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Practical Viking Sword

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

The Practical Viking Sword is based on authentically styled swords in our collection but is tailored to meet the needs of re-enactment and s...

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Price: $176.99 USD Currency

Maldon Viking Sword
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Maldon Viking Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The Maldon Viking sword from Windlass Steelcrafts BattleCry collection is a light, agile and resilient fighting blade that captures nearly e...

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Price: $349.99 $264.99 USD Currency

Ulfberht Sword
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Ulfberht Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

An old legend has it that a Nordic smith named Ulfberht developed the first all steel blade.

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Price: $209.99 USD Currency

Ashdown Viking Sword
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Ashdown Viking Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

In 871 AD, the young Prince Alfred, later known as Alfred the Great, valiantly lead the army of King Ethelred of Wessex in a glorious victor...

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Price: $324.95 USD Currency

Munich Sword
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Munich Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

Often considered the perfect balance between a stout arming sword and the finesse of a rapier, cut and thrust swords generally featured Rena...

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Price: $264.99 USD Currency

Scimitar
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Scimitar

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The original scimitar was called a shamshir, (which meant "lions tail") and had a deeply curved blade that was almost a half circle.

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Price: $229.99 USD Currency

Roman Gladius Maintz Pattern
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Roman Gladius Maintz Pattern

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The Roman Army's approach to warfare was direct and pragmatic.

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Price: $209.99 USD Currency

Tourney Viking Sword
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Tourney Viking Sword

By: Kingston Arms

Our Tourney Viking Sparring and Stage Sword from Kingston Arms will set a new standard in this price point of re-enactment weaponry.

Stock: IN STOCK
Price: $197.99 USD Currency

Culloden BasketHilt Sword
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Culloden Basket-Hilt Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The basket-hilted sword rose in popularity during the 16th century and it’s basic design is still used by a plethora of parade swords of arm...

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Price: $324.99 USD Currency

Classic Bastard Sword
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Classic Bastard Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

Brought back by popular demand, we are pleased to offer this Windlass Classic bastard sword.

Stock: IN STOCK
Price: $244.99 USD Currency

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Roman Gladius Windlass- BattleCry Cutlass Hand and a Half Sword Two Handed Long Swords Single Hand European Swords Basket Hilted

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 persue Western martial arts and perfect your sword tecnique. 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 theatre, 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.

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