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Swordsmanship or sword fighting refers to the skills of a swordsman, a person versed in the art of the sword. The term is modern, and as such was mainly used to refer to smallsword fencing, but by extension it can also be applied to any martial art involving the use of a sword. The formation of the English word "swordsman" is parallel to the Latin word gladiator, a term for the professional fighters who fought against each other and a variety of other foes for the entertainment of spectators in the Roman Empire. The word gladiator itself comes from the Latin word gladius, which is a type of sword.

Functional Swords Cat. A

The first category Cat. A stands for the best blades. The blades are made from high-quality steels, are perfectly balanced and carefully hardened to a high hardness. The swords are suited for professionals who perform on a regular basis and value good quality.

  • Hardness of the blade: min. 50 HRC
  • The material of the blade reaches up through the grip and is either riveted or screw fastened at the pommel (screw fastening if blades can be replaced, e.g. 'Tinker' swords)
  •  Lightweight and easy to handle with a well balanced centre of gravity
  • Blunt, mostly rounded edges and tip
  • Poss. warranty on material defects beyond the legal time limit

Functional Swords Cat. B

Swords belonging to the second category Cat. B are also made from high-quality steels, however they are not as hard as category A swords and during a fight with a harder blade notches can occur a lot easier. They are fairly well balanced but might weigh a few grams more. They are the ideal blades for the ambitious beginner as well as for the advanced swordsman.

  • Hardness of the blade: min. 48 HRC
  • The material of the blade reaches up through the grip and is either riveted or screw fastened at the pommel
  • Blunt, also mostly rounded edge and rounded tip
  • Lightweight and easy to handle with a well balanced centre of gravity
  • No warranty

Functional Swords Cat. C

The third category Cat. C offers re-enactment novices an affordable but still safe opportunity to own their own battle ready sword and perform first, basic exercises. The swords are ideal for anyone who would like to own a battle ready sword, but does not use it that often, e.g. for archers. The blades aren't particularly hard and during fights with a harder blade notches can occur.

  • Hardness of the blade: less than 48 HRC
  • The material of the blade reaches up through the grip and is either riveted or screw fastened at the pommel
  • Blunt edge and rounded tip
  • Can be heavy and not ideally balanced
  • No warranty
Based on archeological finds in England, this is a beautiful reproduction of a Viking sword from the 10th century. Isolated groups of Vikings would intermittently descend on the British coastlines in pursuit of easy loot as early as the eighth century. The Scandinavians, on the other hand, changed t..
Ex Tax:149.58€
Beautiful reconstruction of a Viking sword from the 10th century, based on archeological finds made in England. In the 8th century already, isolated groups of Vikings would sporadically descend on the British coasts in search of easy loot. However, from the 9th century on, the Scandinavians altered ..
Ex Tax:149.58€
Replica of a late Viking Age single-handed sword from the 11th century, battle-ready.This sword is entirely made by hand. Heat-treated, malleable cast iron is used for the guard and the complex pommel. The pommel is hand-riveted to the full-tang blade. The hilt is wrapped in leather. The blade is ma..
Ex Tax:127.26€
Brand: Windlass
17th century rapier with a very intricate hilt, beautifully crafted. Silver wire pommel with rings at the top and bottom, hand-wound. The hand-forged blade is made of thoroughly tempered high-carbon steel with a broad flute for lightness and strength in thrusting and a thick ricasso for enhanced rob..
Ex Tax:256.12€
Brand: Windlass
Carbon steel Viking sword from about 750AD that was carried and wielded by every Nordic warrior. A simple sword with little decorations, but a Viking Age classic. A large groove in the blade provides for a perfect balance in the hand. Leather-wrapped wooden knob and steel decorationsThe sheath is su..
Ex Tax:192.48€
Brand: Battlecry
Filling an underserved niche in available medieval swords today, the Agincourt hand-and-half sword manufactured by Windlass Steelcrafts Battlecry collection is a slender, light, quick weapon well-suited to facing armored or unarmored adversaries. This is an agile medieval sword whose length and..
Ex Tax:272.72€
Brand: Windlass
This sword was made from high carbon steel by Windlass Steelcrafts armorers and It has a blade with a groove that is exceptionally wide. The guard is beautifully carved in relief with Viking knotwork. The pommel and guard have both been blackened to give them a wrought iron look. Smooth leather with..
Ex Tax:240.41€
Brand: Cold Steel
Dueling was at its peak in popularity by the mid-1600s. In fact, dueling was forbidden by King Louis XIII of France because he was afraid of losing too many of his key dignitaries to this dangerous sport!Aristocratic noblemen considered it as their masculine duty to protect their honor with a sword,..
Ex Tax:413.21€
Brand: Battlecry
This medieval Hattin Falchion is designed specifically to be used and made from 1065 high carbon steel with a darkened, battle-hardened finish, extra wide tang and tempering to a low 50's RC. This pre-sharpened blade has gone through rigorous testing. The hands-on nature of the manufacturing by mast..
Ex Tax:208.26€
Crusader Sword with Octagonal Pommel, 13th c. Crusader Sword with Octagonal Pommel, 13th c.
Battle-ready replica of a high medieval single-handed sword, as wielded by crusaders of various orders during the Holy Crusades, for example. This sword's attraction stems from its octagonal pommel, which stands out from the more common disc-shaped pommel.This sword is entirely made by hand. The oct..
Ex Tax:142.97€
A high-quality replica of a high-medieval single-handed sword with a distinctive disc-shaped pommel. The Normans were the first to employ this form of blade, and it quickly became popular during the Holy Crusades.This sword is entirely made by hand. Heat-treated malleable cast iron is used for the g..
Ex Tax:131.40€
Brand: Windlass
To generate an extremely hard blade, the early Viking swords were forged from layers of iron interlaced with sheets of steel. Despite the fact that iron was a tougher substance than brass, it was more easily divided. To make the blade powerful enough to endure the hardships of combat, Damascus, or o..
Ex Tax:289.25€
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