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I recently purchased a rapier for my father's birthday, from your website. I have to say, it's a beautiful sword, and the engraving came out flawlessly. On behalf of my father and myself, thank you for a job well done. Worth every penny.

Also, whoever writes your product descriptions is hilarious. I love the wording.

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Swords, Armor, LARP and Other Cool Stuff

Free Engraved Heart
Valentine's Day Special
This Valentine's Day, show someone that your love is strong as steel! Type "Free Heart!" in the ENGRAVING COMMENTS when ordering a custom engraved item and get a FREE HEART added to your engraving! (We'll put the heart by the hilt on swords and daggers, unless you specify otherwise).

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.

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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

  • December 2017: Lots of new inventory of our most popular products have just arrived in time for the holiday season.
  • November 2017: LLove dragons? Get your Drag-on! Check out our dragon bookends with custom engraved plate options.
  • October 2017: Upgraded our website search enging with enhanced filtering to help you find the exact product you are looking for.
  • September 2017: What could be cooler than a custom engraved Force FX Lightsabers. Now they are available from Strongblade.
  • August 2017: We have had several customers ask us if we can engrave our axes so we are now offering two axes which can be engraved through our online engraving utility. They are the Double Bladed Battle Axe and the Single Bladed Battle Axe.
  • July 2017: We have expanded our Quicksilver Series of Affordable/Engravable Daggers to include several new swords. Sometimes bigger is better.
  • June 2017: Strongblade announces the release of engraving sleeves. The biggest advancement in sword engraving since....well since ever!

Featured Products

$49

Memento Mori Pendant and Thong

Memento Mori Pendant and Thong

$153

Hutton Sabre

Hutton Sabre

$7

Buccaneer Shot Glasses

Buccaneer Shot Glasses

$41

Knight Gaurdsman Belt, Leather

Knight Gaurdsman Belt, Leather

$298

Footmans Tower LARP Shield

Footmans Tower LARP Shield

$34

Boffer Shield with Removable Cover

Boffer Shield with Removable Cover


Foam Buckler Shield

About Viking Shields Some Monks in England were walking around on their Island at Lindisfarne more than 1,000 years ago, doing monk-type things (chanting and slamming books into their foreheads, I believe) when some strange ships were spotted in the distance.

The monks and many of the island residents wandered to the shore to greet the strangers. I can only imagine that they were smiling and waving to their new, heavily armored friends. Their new friends smiled back. And they waved, although it was battle axes and swords, not hands.

This was the first recorded encounter between the English and the Vikings, and it didn't involve trading beads and planting corn, mind you. Most of the residents of the Holy Island were slaughtered and everything of value was looted. The Vikings made it very clear from the start that they weren't interested in a happy, warm-and-fuzzy, symbiotic, "let's grow together" type of relationship.

Things didn't get easier for the English after that. Or for the rest of the world for that matter. The Vikings went on a three hundred year shopping spree in the home towns of their enemies, burning, looting and raping (in the early years, the Vikings did it in that order, which proved a little rough for them. The chronology was reversed after a few bad outings, though).

What made the Vikings so formidable? Well, their lightning fast ships were one. Their superior fighting skills and masterfully crafted swords, daggers and armor were another. But it was the shields of the Vikings that truly symbolized their people. Whether the shields were hung on the rails of their longships or thrust forward in battle, they were always present and arguably the most important part of a Viking's war gear.

Viking Shields were made of the stoutest wood that could be found (although usually this was spruce, firs or other conifers). It is rumored that they used laminated wood to give the shields strength and often used leather on the rims to provide additional strength. Particularly well made shields featured iron or steel rims.

Viking shields were often painted with topically important symbols or designs, and though this looked quite cool, aesthetics wasn't the primary purpose of the designs. You see, wood, as any beaver knows, has grain. And if you've ever split wood, you know that it's a heck of a lot easier to split with the grain. Well, it seems the enemies of the Vikings' had done a fair amount of wood splitting. They would strike the shield with the grain, making it much easier to turn said shield into firewood. Although the Vikings appreciated firewood more than most, they preferred to take it from the homes of their enemies, not from the tattered remains of their shields. So, they painted the shields to disguise this grain.

Early Viking shields were designed with large steel bosses on the front (bosses as in the round steel cap type, not the guy who fires you type). These bosses protected the hand when your shield was turned into firewood (See above paragraph).

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