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Swords, Armor, LARP and Other Cool Stuff

Strongblade Introduces Engraving Sleeves
Engraving Sleeves
Strongblade is already the leader in custom sword engraving. But today, we make an evolutionary leap forward in sword design. We are proud to present our budding Sleeve-Thingee-Engraving Program (we're still working on the name). Think of it as a sleeve-tattoo for your blade. We currently have a handful of designs to choose from and more coming soon! Sleeves can be added to any custom engraving, through our online utility, and cost $15-$20. Click here for more information!

Swords

Sword
Above all Strongblade is a sword manufacturer and supplier.

Engravables

Engraveable swords and tankards
Swords and tankards that can be custom engraved.

LARP and Foam

LARP
Swords, axes, spears, armor and more for Live Action Role Play.

Tankards

Tankards Mugs
Tankards, goblets, mugs and steins.

Armor(Armour)

Armor
Helmets, chainmail, bracers and greaves.

Strangeblade

fantasy gifts
Unicorns, dragons, fairies and other fantasy gifts.

Flintlocks

Flintlock Replicas
Flintlock, blunderbuss and pistol replicas.

Costumes

costumes
Masks, elf ears, medieval clothing and other costumes.

Jewelry

jewelry
Pendants, bracelets, rings, lockets and more.

Ye Old Bargins

Sale and Closeout Items
Sale, Closeout and Scratch and Dent Items

Engraving Gallery

Engraving Gallery
Some of Our Impressive Engravings

Proclamations

  • June 2017: Strongblade announces the release of engraving sleeves. The biggest advancement in sword engraving since....well since ever!
  • April 2017: Stronblade launches its engraving gallery which showcases our engraving capability.
  • February 2017: We have doubled down on our jewelery offering with many more models an varieties in stock for fast delivery.
  • October 2016: We have opened up our Ye Old Bargins section of the website were we featureing price reduced items. These include scratch and dent, close outs and items put on sale.
  • June 2016: Have you ever wondered what weapon you would chose if there was a Zombie Apocalypse? Our award winning author Roberto Calas has created a four part article which examines the advantages and disadvantages of different weapon classes. Read The Zombie Survival Manual - Part One in the Strongblade Sword Lore collection.

Featured Products

$17

Elven Ears, Costume

Elven Ears, Costume

$168

LARP Warrior Sabre

LARP Warrior Sabre

$44

 Double-Bladed Battleaxe

Double-Bladed Battleaxe

$172

Grande Saber LARP Pirate Sword

Grande Saber LARP Pirate Sword

$77

Celtic Short Sword

Celtic Short Sword

$34

Single Handed Boffer Sword

Single Handed Boffer Sword


Roman Gladius: Praetorian

The Praetorian guard was established by emperor Augustus Caeser as a squad of personal bodyguards. His decision to do this was greatly influenced by the horrible death of his uncle at the hands of senators of the Roman republic. The Praetorians were among the elite of the Roman Legions, hand picked by the emperor for their combat abilities and intelligence.

The Roman Gladius has a long and prosperous history. Originally a Spanish sword, the Romans saw the effectiveness of the sword and quickly adopted it for their own troops.

The gladius was used primarily for stabbing, so it features a fearsome v-shaped tip, great for slipping through the spaces in ribs, or through the cartilage itself if aim was bad or mood particularly grim. The versatile sword could also be used to slash; both edges were sharpened and deadly. The sword was ideal for the Romans, who used it in formation, with all soldiers drawing their swords from their right side with their right hand (this bit of conformity kept legionnaires from accidentally dissecting their immediate neighbors). The small swords were the perfect complement to the huge scutum shields (easy killer, I said Scutum) that the soldiers used in their formations, giving the troops speed and the ability to withdraw the sword quickly and defend themselves solely with the shield.

Gladiators naturally adopted a (shorter) version of the gladius as one of their primary swords and, in a burst of wild creativity, were named after their swords. Want some more nutsy creativity? Well, then consider this: Gladius in Latin means .... sword. Are we getting too abstract for you?

The Pompeii Gladius was one of the latest versions of the sword. One similar to this one was found in the ruins of the once mighty Roman colony. You'll recall that Pompeii had some volcano problems in 79 B.C. and ended up bundled nicely in the ancient version of packing peanuts. Bad for them, good for archeologists.

See Strongblade's Roman Gladius: Praetorian