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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.


Italian Long Sword

Italian Long Sword

By: Cold Steel

The era of the long sword spanned almost three centuries from some time during the 1300's to middle of the 17th century. This sword was very effective during a transition between chain mail and plated armor knights. The longsword was sufficiently effective against either type of ....

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Kopis Machete
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Kopis Machete

By: Cold Steel

The Cold Steel Kopis Machete is modeled closely on an ancient sword design that was held in high esteem by the Greeks, Romans, and Spaniards...

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Price (USD): $47.99
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 (USD): $209.99
Cutlass Sword Machete
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Cutlass Sword Machete

By: Cold Steel

Inspired by our 1917 Cutlass, our Cutlass Machete features a stiff, cut and thrust blade that's just as useful for repelling boarders as it ...

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Price (USD): $49.99
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 (USD): $49.99
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 (USD): $189.99
Tourney Knightly Sword
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Tourney Knightly Sword

By: Kingston Arms

A close recreation of the famous Oakeshott Type XVIIIa.

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Price (USD): $205.99
Culloden Basket-Hilt 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 (USD): $324.99
Heavy Cavalry Saber
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Heavy Cavalry Saber

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The modal m1840 Cavalry Saber was adopted by the US Army to replace the first Cavalry saber they had adopted; the M1833.

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Price (USD): $149.95
Gross Messer Sword
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Gross Messer Sword

By: Cold Steel

Known throughout Germany as the "Big Knife", the Grosse Messer hails from central and northern Europe where, in far off days of old, nobleme...

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Price (USD): $279.99
Hero's Warsword
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Hero's Warsword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

This massive Lowland Claymore is like one held by the Bruce clan which they assert belonged to Robert the Bruce himself.

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Price (USD): $284.99
Tinker Long Sword - Blunt Trainer
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Tinker Long Sword - Blunt Trainer

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

The Blunt Trainer longsword features nearly identical handling of its sharp companion, but with thick edges (2mm) and a rounded tip for safe...

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Price (USD): $268.99
Basket-Hilted Broadsword
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Basket-Hilted Broadsword

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

The basket hilt sword was quite popular in Britain from mid-sixteenth century they began to fall out of fashion in favor of lighter faster s...

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Price (USD): $376.99

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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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