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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 $335.74 USD

Aislinn Sword
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Aislinn Sword

By: Deepeeka

Aislinn Sword (based on type XV) The c.

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Price: $227.99 USD

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Roman Gladius ASIS Misfit
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Roman Gladius (AS-IS Misfit)

This is a functional Roman Gladius from a forge contract that didn't quite go as planned.

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Price: $144.99 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 $146.18 USD

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Stiklestad Viking Sword
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Stiklestad Viking Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

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

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Price: $324.95 $300.58 USD

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Roman Pompeii Gladius
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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.

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Price: $269.99 $249.74 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: $269.99 $249.74 USD

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The Venetian Schiavona
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The Venetian Schiavona

By: Deepeeka

Almost every major arms and armour collection boasts at least one schiavona.

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Price: $293.99 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: $199.95 $184.95 USD

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Comte de Nieuwerkerke Sword
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Comte de Nieuwerkerke Sword

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Comte de Nieuwerkerke Sword, 14th C (based on type XV) The sword was initially a part of the Comte de Nieuwerkerke colle...

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Price: $187.99 USD

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Phillipe IV Sword
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Phillipe IV Sword

By: Deepeeka

Phillipe IV Sword, 14th C (based on XIV model) The c.

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Price: $188.99 USD

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Toto Sword
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Toto Sword

By: Deepeeka

Toto Sword 13th C.

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Price: $169.99 USD

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De Joinville Sword
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De Joinville Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The sire De Joinville was a French knight known for his bravery and devotion to his king, St.

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Price: $269.95 $249.70 USD

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Sankt Annen Sword
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Sankt Annen Sword

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Sankt Annen Sword, 12th C (based on type XII) Typical of the High Middle Ages, the sword begins to show greater tapering...

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Price: $192.99 USD

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Confederate Staff  Field Officers Sword
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Confederate Staff & Field Officer's Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

This authentic, hand made replica is hand forged and fully tempered of 1065 high carbon steel.

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Price: $199.95 $184.95 USD

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Militia Templi Sword
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Militia Templi Sword

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Militia Templi Sword (Order of Aviz, Templar Sword) The blade of the Templar Sword has Viking origins.

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Price: $189.99 USD

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Spiculus Gladius
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Spiculus Gladius

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

Admired for his fighting skills by the throngs of citizens that attended the Gladiatorial Games, the Gladiator Spiculus ...

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Price: $349.99 $323.74 USD

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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 $182.11 USD

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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 in...

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Price: $424.99 $393.11 USD

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Landsknecht Katzbalger Sword
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Landsknecht Katzbalger Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

Beginning in the 14th century, Swiss pikemen established themselves as dominant mercenaries.

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Price: $369.95 $342.20 USD

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Castillon Sword
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Castillon Sword

By: Deepeeka

Castillon sword, 15th C (based on type XV.

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Price: $197.99 USD

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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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