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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 Conqueror Sword

The Conqueror Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The first Norman King of England, Duke William II of Normandy would begin his conquest and occupation of England by winning the Battle of Hastings and killing King Harold in 1066AD. This was a major turning point in British history. As legend goes, upon landing on the shores of ....

IN STOCK- Regular $369.99 SALE $337.50
Cutlass Sword Machete

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: $49.99
Gladius Machete

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, with its long, narrow ...

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Price: $49.99
Roman Gladius Maintz Pattern

Roman Gladius Maintz Pattern

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The Roman Army's approach to warfare was direct and pragmatic.

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Price: $209.99
Roman Centurion Gladius

Roman Centurion Gladius

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The Roman Centurion was a position of respect and distinction for a great warrior.

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Price: $244.99
The Freedom Fighter Early Scottish Claymore

The Freedom Fighter Early Scottish Claymore

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The greatest hero in Scottish history, William Wallace lived seven hundred years ago.

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Price: $324.99
Roman Pompeii Gladius

Roman Pompeii Gladius

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The Roman Military was a feared opponent due to it's advanced formations that would quickly overwhelm an enemy force.

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Price: $189.99
Eagle of Rome Gladius

Eagle of Rome Gladius

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

This incredible gladius has a hand forged and tempered high carbon steel blade, it is truly worthy of an elite Roman officer.

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Price: $244.99
Cobra Steel Kopis

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
Bosworth Long Sword

Bosworth Long Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

This medieval Bosworth Longsword is from Windlass Steelcrafts Battlecry collection.

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Price: Regular $349.99 SALE $264.99
Pirate Hanger Sword

Pirate Hanger Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

There’s a change in the winds says I… With this high carbon steel, fully tempered, full tang, battle worthy pirate hanger.

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Price: $169.99
Lowlander Sword

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 claymore.

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Price: $348.99
Confederate Cavalry Officer Saber

Confederate Cavalry Officer Saber

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

This authentic, hand made replica is hand forged and fully tempered of 1095 high carbon steel, coupled with original handle and sheath mater...

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Price: $139.95

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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.