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.

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Castillon Sword
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Castillon sword, 15th C (based on type XV.8) Th...

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Aislinn Sword
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Aislinn Sword (based on type XV) The c. 1400-50...

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Gammelt Jern Sword
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Gammelt Jern sword, 13th C (based on XIV model)...

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Militia Templi Sword
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Militia Templi Sword (Order of Aviz, Templar Sw...

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Sankt Annen Sword
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Sankt Annen Sword, 12th C (based on type XII) T...

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Comte de Nieuwerkerke Sword
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Comte de Nieuwerkerke Sword, 14th C (based on t...

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Toto Sword
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Toto Sword 13th C. (based on XIV model) This sw...

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Heavy Cavalry Saber
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The modal m1840 Cavalry Saber was adopted by th...

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Roman Pompeii Gladius
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The Roman Military was a feared opponent due to...

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Roman Gladius Maintz Pattern
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The Roman Army's approach to warfare was direct...

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Cobra Steel Falcata LAST
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True all purpose function for the real outdoors...

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Classic Medieval Sword
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The Classic Medieval Sword is an Oakeshott Type...

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Landsknecht Katzbalger NEW
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Incepted at the behest of Emperor Maximilian as...

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Battlecry Cutlass NEW
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Battlecry has added every swashbucklers and pir...

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Phillipe IV Sword
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Phillipe IV Sword, 14th C (based on XIV model) ...

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Fulham Gladius : An Iconic Weapon NEW
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For the ancient Romans, the gladius was more th...

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Confederate Cavalry Saber
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This authentic, hand made replica has a flexibl...

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Stiklestad Viking Sword
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The Battle of Stiklestad was the final battle o...

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Celtic War Sword NEW
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The Anthropomorphic Celtic Sword is a sword tha...

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APOC Survival Longsword
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Competition Cutting Sword
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While Japanese sword cutting competitions have ...

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Madrid Iberian Falcata NEW
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Honshu 1917 Hybrid Cutlass NEW
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Whether you're a collector, enthusiast, or simp...

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Naval Cutlass
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Hand forged high carbon steel blade. Made by Wi...

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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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