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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.


Bosworth Long Sword

Bosworth Long Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

This medieval Bosworth Longsword is from Windlass Steelcrafts Battlecry collection. Designed specifically to be used and made from 1065 high carbon steel with a darkened, battle-hardened finish, extra wide tang and tempering to a low 50's RC. This pre-sharpened blade has gone thr....

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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 (USD): $209.99
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 (USD): $47.99
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
Golden Coast Cutlass
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Golden Coast Cutlass

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

This sword stops at nothing less than remarkable.

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Price (USD): $194.99
Hattin Falchion
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Hattin Falchion

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

Whether noble knight or common man at arms, it’s a prime example of this lesser known and under-appreciated European sword form.

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Price (USD): Regular $324.99 SALE $234.99
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 worth.

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Price (USD): Regular $324.99 SALE $244.99
Sticklestad Viking Sword
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Sticklestad Viking Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The Battle of Sticklestad was the final battle of Saint Olaf.

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Price (USD): $239.99
Brass Pirate Cutlass Sword
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Brass Pirate Cutlass Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

Where would the seafaring rogue be without his trusty cutlass?

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Price (USD): $164.99
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
Model 1850 Union Staff & Field Officer's Sword
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Model 1850 Union Staff & Field Officer's Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

This fine reproduction saber is a faithful copy of ones used.

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Price (USD): $149.95
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
Confederate Staff & Field Officer's 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 (USD): $149.95

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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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