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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 year 1066 AD will forever be known as the turning point of British history with the Norman invasion, lead by Duke William “The Conqueror”, soon became the first Norman King of England. This magnificent sword represents the epitome of this heroic man. The long, wide fuller down the blade lightens the weight, making it a formidable weapon. The Brazil-nut shaped pommel has been inset with the battle cross of William, as well as the blade’s fuller. As legend goes, upon landing on the shores of E....

IN STOCK- $369.99
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 point and wasp waisted blade...

IN STOCK - $49.99
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 is for hacking a path throug...

IN STOCK - $49.99
Kopis Machete

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. This was because its uniqu...

IN STOCK - $47.99
Hattin Falchion

Hattin Falchion

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

This medieval Hattin Falchion is from Windlass Steelcrafts' Battlecry collection. Designed specifically to be used and made from 1065 high carbon steel with a darkened,...

IN STOCK - Regular $324.99 SALE $234.99
Sword of Robert the Bruce

Sword of Robert the Bruce

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

Robert the Bruce, King of Scots, was one of the most famous warriors of his generation. He eventually, along side of William Wallace, led Scotland during the first of t...

IN STOCK - $324.99
The Freedom Fighter Early Scottish Claymore

The Freedom Fighter Early Scottish Claymore

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

Known throughout history, William Wallace became the most valiant freedom fighter Scotland has ever seen. This magnificent two handed early Claymore has been appropriat...

IN STOCK - $324.99
Russian Shasqua

Russian Shasqua

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

Known first as a Cossack weapon that was used on horseback, the sword type was made the official officer’s sword of the Soviet Union. Brass pommel is marked with star, ...

IN STOCK - $159.99
18th Century Small Sword

18th Century Small Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

Sometimes called a court or dress sword, this beauty is typical of affluent 17th and 18th century society and would have seen many successful duels in its day. We found...

IN STOCK - $248.99
The Frederick III Sword

The Frederick III Sword

By: Darksword Armory

Frederick III’s sword is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful medieval swords of the later part of the middle ages. The beautifully crafted guard and pommel was...

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Cawood Sword

Cawood Sword

By: Paul Chen - Hanwei

The celebrated Cawood Sword, named after its discovery location near Cawood Castle in England, is regarded as one of the finest and best-preserved examples of an 11th c...

IN STOCK - $363.99
12th C. Medieval Sword

12th C. Medieval Sword

By: Darksword Armory

Classified as type Xa or XI, this is one of the most significant two handed swords of the medieval period. Numerous variations are found throughout the European contine...

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Gross Messer Sword

Gross Messer Sword

By: Cold Steel

Known throughout Germany as the "Big Knife", the Grosse Messer hails from central and northern Europe where, in far off days of old, noblemen and peasants alike relied ...

IN STOCK - $279.99

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.