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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.


Gladius Machete

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 point and wasp wasted blade, was the scourge of the battlefield and often the last thing seen or felt by Rome's enemies. Ever popular, the G....

IN STOCK- $49.99
Cutlass Sword Machete

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 ...

IN STOCK - $49.99
Roman Gladius-Pompeii

Roman Gladius-Pompeii

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The Roman Army's approach to warfare was direct and pragmatic.

IN STOCK - $189.99
Kopis Machete

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...

IN STOCK - $47.99
Ulfberht Sword

Ulfberht Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

An old legend has it that a Nordic smith named Ulfberht developed the first all steel blade.

IN STOCK - $209.99
Sword of Homildon Hill

Sword of Homildon Hill

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

During the English-Scottish Wars, the King of England was preoccupied with the Hundred Years’ War in France.

IN STOCK - $259.99
Bosworth Long Sword

Bosworth Long Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

This medieval Bosworth Longsword is from Windlass Steelcrafts Battlecry collection.

IN STOCK - Regular $349.99 SALE $264.99
Hattin Falchion

Hattin Falchion

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

This medieval Hattin Falchion is from Windlass Steelcrafts' Battlecry collection.

IN STOCK - Regular $324.99 SALE $234.99
Acre Crusader Broadsword

Acre Crusader Broadsword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

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

IN STOCK - Regular $324.99 SALE $244.99
The Freedom Fighter Early Scottish Claymore

The Freedom Fighter Early Scottish Claymore

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The greatest hero in Scottish history, William Wallace lived seven hundred years ago.

IN STOCK - $324.99
Sword of St. Maurice

Sword of St. Maurice

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

Saint Maurice of the all Christian Theban Legion is seen as the patron Saint of armies, soldiers, the Swiss Guard, arms makers, sword smiths...

IN STOCK - $324.99
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.

IN STOCK - $354.99
Naval Cutlass

Naval Cutlass

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

Hand forged high carbon steel blade.

IN STOCK - $159.95

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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.