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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.


Roman Pompeii Gladius

Roman Pompeii Gladius

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The Roman Military was a feared opponent due to it's advanced formations that would quickly overwhelm an enemy force. On....
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Price: $194.99 USD

Survival Broad Sword
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Survival Broad Sword

After everything hits the fan and the muck has settled, all the symbols that represented the best man had to offer (hono...

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Price: $183.99 USD

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APOC Tac Brutus
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APOC Tac Brutus

Continuing the legacy of brutality in the APOC line, we gladly introduce another Atrim design - the Brutus.

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Price: $139.99 USD

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Acre Crusader Broadsword
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Acre Crusader Broadsword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

This medieval Acre Crusader Broadsword from Windlass Steelcrafts Battlecry collection is a formidable weapon of proven w...

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Price: $274.99 USD

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Sticklestad Viking Sword
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Sticklestad Viking Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The Battle of Sticklestad was the final battle of Saint Olaf.

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Price: $269.99 USD

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Honshu Boshin Grosse Messer
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Honshu Boshin Grosse Messer

The Honshu Boshin Grosse Messer Sword is an exceptional addition to the Boshin line of tactical weapons, which blends tr...

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Price: $298.99 USD

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Honshu Spartan Sword
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Honshu Spartan Sword

By: United Cutlery

The Spartan Sword is an exceptional addition to Honshus rock solid tactical weapon line.

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Price: $99.99 USD

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The Corsair Pirate Sword
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The Corsair Pirate Sword

The pirate cutlass features a wide curved blade made for chopping during tasks on board or in a raiding party.

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Price: $324.99 USD

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Wasteland Gladius
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Wasteland Gladius

Like the Roman soldiers of ancient times exploring the unknown reaches you may find yourself at the end of time on exped...

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Price: $183.99 USD

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APOC Cutlass
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APOC Cutlass

By: Dragon King

A more obvious Gus Trim design, the A.

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Price: $166.99 USD

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Champion Stage Combat Sword
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Champion Stage Combat Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

We've been asked for years for a good set of historically researched swords to perform with on stage.

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Price: $174.99 USD

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Tinker Great Sword of War
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Tinker Great Sword of War

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

The Tinker Great Sword of War is designed and crafted purely as a cutting sword and, weighing in at a little less than f...

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Price: $329.99 USD

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Two Handed Templar Sword
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Two Handed Templar Sword

By: Darksword Armory

The Templars formed at the end of the First Crusade as a group of knights who took monastic vows.

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Price: $599.99 USD

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Saracen Scimitar
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Saracen Scimitar

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

The deeply curved blade of the Scimitar recalls battles between the Saracen and Crusader.

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Price: $184.99 USD

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Practical Norman Sword
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Practical Norman Sword

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

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

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Price: $184.99 USD

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Practical Hand and a Half Sword
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Practical Hand and a Half Sword

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

The Practical Hand and a Half Sword is based on authentically styled swords in our collection but is tailored to meet th...

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Price: $219.99 USD

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Shrewsbury Sword
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Shrewsbury Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

During the height of plate armour, this narrow, sharply-pointed sword was one of the most successful in finding chinks i...

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Price: $194.99 USD

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1860 Cavalry Officers Sword
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1860 Cavalry Officer's Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

This fine historical reproduction saber is a faithful copy of the swords carried by US Cavalry officers during the Ameri...

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Price: $159.99 USD

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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: $214.99 USD

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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 o...

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Price: $179.99 USD

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Mercenary Sword
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Mercenary Sword

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

The Mercenary is an imposing sword in the 15th century style.

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Price: $285.99 USD

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

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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