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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.


Sword of Courage
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Sword of Courage

By: Reliks

The classic image of the knight with his sword will forever be remembered through artwork, poetry and the tales of heroi....
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Price: $379.99 $349.99 USD

Survival Broad Sword
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Survival Broad Sword

After everything hits the fan and the muck has settled, all the symbols that represented the best man had to offer (hono...

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Price: $183.99 USD

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APOC Cutlass
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APOC Cutlass

By: Dragon King

A more obvious Gus Trim design, the A.

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Price: $166.99 USD

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Wasteland Gladius
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Wasteland Gladius

Like the Roman soldiers of ancient times exploring the unknown reaches you may find yourself at the end of time on exped...

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Price: $183.99 USD

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Brookhart Hospitaller Sword
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Brookhart Hospitaller Sword

By: Legacy Arms

Reminiscent of a time when honour, courage and loyalty along with vows, oaths and duty were bound to flesh and enforced ...

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Price: $299.00 USD

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Celtic Anthropomorphic Short Sword
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Celtic Anthropomorphic Short Sword

By: Legacy Arms

This Generation 2 / Legacy Arms Celtic Anthropomorphic Short Sword responds to the customers demands created by the popu...

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Price: $245.00 USD

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Brookhart Templar Sword
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Brookhart Templar Sword

By: Legacy Arms

First formed as "THE POOR KNIGHTS OF CHRIST" to guard the passage of Pilgrims on the route to the Holy Land, they took a...

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Price: $299.99 USD

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Hjalmar Viking Sword
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Hjalmar Viking Sword

By: Kingdom Of Arms

The Hjalmar Swedish Legend is well known.

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Price: $712.99 USD

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Irish Kern Sword
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Irish Kern Sword

By: Kingdom Of Arms

A Kern was a Gaelic warrior, specifically a light infantrymen, in Ireland in the late middle ages.

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Price: $689.99 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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Tinker Great Sword of War
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Tinker Great Sword of War

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

The Tinker Great Sword of War is designed and crafted purely as a cutting sword and, weighing in at a little less than f...

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Price: $329.99 USD

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Celtic Sword
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Celtic Sword

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

Hanwei's Celtic Sword has an anthropomorphic hilt and leaf-shaped blade.

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Price: $264.99 USD

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Lowlander Sword
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Lowlander Sword

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

Replicating a surviving museum piece the Lowlander by Cas/Hanwei is a beautiful example of the 16th century lowlands cla...

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Price: $387.99 USD

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Antiqued Claymore
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Antiqued Claymore

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

Mainstay of the Highland warriors of the late 15th and 16th centuries, the Claymore had a uniquely styled hilt that sets...

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Price: $321.99 USD

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Scottish Basket Hilt Backsword
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Scottish Basket Hilt Backsword

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

The Basket-Hilt backsword dates from about 1760 and has an unusual basket with twin engraved "horned beastie" plaques an...

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Price: $426.99 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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Honshu Historic Single Hand Sword
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Honshu Historic Single Hand Sword

Part of the Honshu Historic Series, this Single-Hand Sword was crafted using a time-tested sword design with modern engi...

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Price: $249.99 USD

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Crusader War Sword
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Crusader War Sword

By: Kingdom Of Arms

The First Crusade took place between 1096 and 1099.

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Price: $678.99 USD

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Irish Sword
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Irish Sword

By: Darksword Armory

The Darksword Armory Oath Seeker is inspired by heroes of ancient Ireland and the Geasa they swore.

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Price: $494.99 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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Tourney Arming Sword
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Tourney Arming Sword

By: Kingston Arms

The Tourney Series Medieval Sparring Sword from Kingston Arms will set a new standard in this price point of re-enactme...

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Price: $219.99 USD

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Windlass- BattleCry Cutlass Hand and a Half Sword Two Handed Long Swords Single Hand European Swords Basket Hilted Roman Gladius

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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