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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

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 Broadsword
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Honshu Broadsword

By: United Cutlery

The Honshu Broadsword represents a modern spin on a proven, time-tested sword design with sleek, rugged tactical enginee...

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Price: $234.99 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: $274.99 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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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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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: $244.99 USD

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Classic Medieval Sword
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Classic Medieval Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The Classic Medieval Sword is an Oakeshott Type X with a Type I pommel and a Type VII crossguard.

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Price: $224.99 USD

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The Bannockburn Sword
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The Bannockburn Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

Whether you are a descendant of the Bruce or simply an avid collector of swords, you will truly appreciate this piece as...

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Price: $284.99 USD

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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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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: $324.95 USD

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Agincourt War Sword
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Agincourt War Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

Filling an under served niche in available swords today, the Agincourt hand-and-half sword from Windlass Steelcrafts Bat...

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Price: $264.99 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: $194.99 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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Leif Erikson Sword
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Leif Erikson Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

This famous son of Erik the Red is credited as the first Viking ever to reach the shores of North America.

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Price: $329.99 USD

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1860 Light Cavalry Saber
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1860 Light Cavalry Saber

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The hand forged blades of the M-1860 Light Cavalry Sabre are British military spec steel that will flex and return to tr...

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Price: $139.99 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: $194.99 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 1095 high carbon steel.

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Price: $159.99 USD

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Confederate Cavalry Saber
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Confederate Cavalry Saber

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

This authentic, hand made replica has a flexible, ornate blade and leather grip wrapped with brass wire.

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Price: $149.95 USD

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1840 NCO Officers Sword
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1840 NCO Officers Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

On a mission to replace the out of date 1832 foot artillery sword which more closely resembled a European cruciform hilt...

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Price: $129.95 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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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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