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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.


Sword of Courage
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Sword of Courage

By: Reliks

The classic image of the knight with his sword will forever be remembered through artwork, poetry and the tales of heroi....
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Price: $379.99 USD

Survival Broad Sword
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Survival Broad Sword

By: APOC

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: $192.99 USD

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APOC Tac Brutus
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APOC Tac Brutus

By: APOC

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

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Price: $154.99 USD

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APOC Cutlass
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APOC Cutlass

By: APOC

A more obvious Gus Trim design, the A.

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Price: $180.99 USD

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Wasteland Gladius
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Wasteland Gladius

By: APOC

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: $192.99 USD

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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 th...

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Price: $324.99 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: $324.99 USD

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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 gen...

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Price: $324.99 USD

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English Cutlass
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English Cutlass

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The cutlass, sword of the seas favoured by navy and pirates alike, was also used by some land infantry units but is best...

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Price: $169.99 USD

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Honshu Boshin Grosse Messer
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Honshu Boshin Grosse Messer

By: Honshu

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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Templar Stage Combat Sword
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Templar 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 $160.55 USD

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Hutton Sabre
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Hutton Sabre

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

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

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Price: $154.99 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: $294.99 USD

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Sword of King Sancho IV
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Sword of King Sancho IV

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

King Sancho IV was nicknamed the Brave and had a beautiful sword to show it.

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Price: $374.99 $344.05 USD

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Sword of Baldur
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Sword of Baldur

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

In the pantheon of Norse deity, Baldur was the son of Odin and Frigg (thus a sibling to Thor and Loki) and as such, was ...

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Price: $394.99 USD

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Faithkeeper  Sword of the Knights Templar
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Faithkeeper - Sword of the Knights Templar

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The main driving force behind the Order of the Knights Templar was faith.

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Price: $394.99 USD

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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 ...

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Price: $349.99 USD

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Knights Sword
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Knights Sword

By: Kingston Arms

The first in a series of swords designed by Gus Trim and produced by Kingston Arms to his performance sword specs, this ...

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Price: $439.99 USD

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Cobra Steel Kopis
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Cobra Steel Kopis

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

This piece from the Cobra Steel sword line is a modern interpretation of the ancient Greek Kopis.

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Price: $59.95 USD

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Tinker Long Sword  Sharp
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Tinker Long Sword - Sharp

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

Tinker Pearce has developed these longswords to satisfy the need of every Western Martial Arts practitioner and sword en...

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Price: $315.99 USD

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Confederate Cavalry Officer Saber
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Confederate Cavalry Officer Saber

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

This authentic, hand made replica is hand forged and fully tempered of 1095 high carbon steel, coupled with original han...

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Price: $169.95 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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