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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.


Practical Viking Sword
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Practical Viking Sword

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

The Practical Viking Sword is based on authentically styled swords in our collection but is tailored to meet the needs of re-enactment and s...

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Price: $176.99
Mercenary Schiavona Half Basket Hilt Sword
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Mercenary Schiavona Half Basket Hilt Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The magnificent Schiavona style sword was quite popular throughout Europe, however, it was the favorite weapon of choice for Venetian mercen...

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Price: $294.99 $259.99
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: $47.99
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: $319.99
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 into this holy order.

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Price: $369.99
1796 Light Cavalry Saber
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1796 Light Cavalry Saber

By: Cold Steel

This saber was widely used by the British and their Prussian allies under General Blucher in the Battle of Waterloo.

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Price: $271.99
Sword of the Viking King
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Sword of the Viking King

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The Vikings well known for their fearsome long ships exploded out of the north to raid, pillage and settle most of the known world.

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Price: $294.99
Tourney Viking Sword
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Tourney Viking Sword

By: Kingston Arms

Our Tourney Viking Sparring and Stage Sword from Kingston Arms will set a new standard in this price point of re-enactment weaponry.

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Price: $197.99
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
MAA Hand and a Half Sword
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MAA Hand and a Half Sword

By: Cold Steel

The Man at Arms was a stalwart and dependable fighter who exhibited great martial prowess with a range of weapons.

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Price: $249.99
Sword of Santa Casilda
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Sword of Santa Casilda

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

This original magnificent sword can be seen in Madrid at the Institute del Conde de Valencia de Don Juan and is referenced in many of Ewart ...

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Price: $374.99
Cobra Steel Falcata
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Cobra Steel Falcata

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

True all purpose function for the real outdoorsman, this Windlass Cobra Falcata survival knife features a hand-forged, X46Cr13 high grade st...

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Price: $59.95

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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.

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