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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.


Suontaka Viking Sword

Suontaka Viking Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The original Suontaka sword was found in a woman's grave in Finland. The grave dates from C 1100AD, however the sword form suggests a much earlier date of origin, possibly as early as mid 10th Century AD. Our stunning version of this piece features a highly detailed knot work pommel, guard, grip band and inserts. All have been lavishly plated in rich copper. The tough 1085 high carbon steel blade has a full tang and is fully tempered, then peened over the pommel. The sword comes complete with a ....

IN STOCK- $324.99
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
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
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...

Check Inventory - $274.99
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
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
Italian Long Sword

Italian Long Sword

By: Cold Steel

The era of the long sword spanned almost three centuries (approximately 1350 to 1650). This, undoubtedly, was because it really worked! It featured a distinctive crucif...

IN STOCK - $354.99
Classic Hoplite Sword

Classic Hoplite Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The Greek Hoplite was a tough, effective citizen-soldier, and was ferocious in defense of his home city. While the Hoplite would fight fiercely amongst themselves, they...

IN STOCK - $164.99
Roman Gladius-Pompeii

Roman Gladius-Pompeii

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The Roman Army's approach to warfare was direct and pragmatic. It chose the Gladius as its principal sidearm because the gladius was practical and efficient and excelle...

IN STOCK - $189.99
Brass Pirate Cutlass Sword

Brass Pirate Cutlass Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

Where would the seafaring rogue be without his trusty cutlass? This stout functional sword is made as rugged as the originals. Tempered, high carbon steel with the trad...

IN STOCK - $164.99
Mortuary Half Basket Hilt Sword

Mortuary Half Basket Hilt Sword

By: Windlass Steelcrafts

The mortuary sword has very close ties to the English basket hilt and is sometimes referred to as the English half-basket. This type was mainly a cavalry-issued weapon ...

IN STOCK - $264.99
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

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.