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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.


The Corsair Pirate Sword

The Corsair Pirate Sword

The pirate cutlass features a wide curved blade made for chopping during tasks on board or in a raiding party. All of t....
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Price: $324.99 USD

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, wi...

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Price: $49.99 USD

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Two Handed Templar Sword
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Two Handed Templar Sword

By: Darksword Armory

The Templars formed at the end of the First Crusade as a group of knights who took monastic vows.

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Price: $514.99 USD

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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 o...

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Price: $179.99 USD

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ATrim Cutlass
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ATrim Cutlass

By: Kingston Arms

We could say that this sword is inspired by a Cutlass housed in a European Museum, dated to late 16th Century and repres...

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Price: $430.99 USD

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Imperial Roman Gladius Sword
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Imperial Roman Gladius Sword

By: Legacy Arms

The Generation 2 / Legacy Arms classic Imperial Roman Gladius (or short sword) mimics an original found in the ruins of ...

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Price: $232.00 USD

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Knights Sword
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Knights Sword

By: Kingston Arms

The first in a series of swords designed by Gus Trim and produced by Kingston Arms to his performance sword specs, this ...

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Price: $403.99 USD

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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: $227.99 USD

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Katzbalger
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Katzbalger

By: Kingston Arms

During the Renaissance, the arming sword worn by the German mercenaries known as the Landsknecht was the Katzbalger.

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Price: $319.99 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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Crecy War Sword
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Crecy War Sword

By: Kingston Arms

The Battle of Crecy is known as one of most prominent of the Hundred Years War and one of the most decisive victories of...

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Price: $386.99 USD

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Hattin Falchion
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Hattin Falchion

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

Whether noble knight or common man at arms, its a prime example of this lesser known and under-appreciated European swor...

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Price: $234.99 USD

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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, X...

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Price: $59.95 USD

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Two Handed Danish Sword
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Two Handed Danish Sword

By: Darksword Armory

The history of Denmark is filled with tumultuous periods of war and strife, conflicts driven by the same political and r...

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Price: $559.99 USD

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Hutton Sabre
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Hutton Sabre

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

One of the rapidly growing arts within historical fencing societies is that of sabre fencing in the late 19th century It...

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Price: $149.99 USD

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Tinker Early Medieval Sword  Blunt Trainer
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Tinker Early Medieval Sword - Blunt Trainer

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

The Blunt Trainer Medieval Sword features nearly identical handling of its sharp companion, but features blunted edges a...

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Price: $303.99 USD

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Medieval Knight Sword
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Medieval Knight Sword

By: Darksword Armory

The Medieval Knight sword, or type XIV, is the quintessential sword of the medieval period.

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Price: $514.99 USD

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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 ...

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Price: $285.99 USD

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Tinker Long Sword  Sharp
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Tinker Long Sword - Sharp

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

Tinker Pearce has developed these longswords to satisfy the need of every Western Martial Arts practitioner and sword en...

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Price: $303.99 USD

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Practical Norman Sword
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Practical Norman Sword

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

An important addition to our European practical line is the Practical Norman sword, based on a classic 11th century patt...

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Price: $184.99 USD

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Bastard Sword
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Bastard Sword

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

The strong and fearless Swiss and Germans originally carried these early weapons, although bastard swords soon became po...

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Price: $299.99 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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