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Chainmail
Chainmail
Chainmail: Keeping sharp things away from skin since 4 B.C.E! Mail is the warrior?s ?little black dress.? Versatile and always fashionable. It can be worn on its own, or layered beneath other armor. Accessorize with mail coifs, aventails and leggings. Nearly every warrior culture since the Romans have had mail. Great on sharks, too! So what are you waiting for? Get yours now!

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

  • 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

$17

Elven Ears, Costume

Elven Ears, Costume

$8

Knife Holder for LARP Throwing Knife

Knife Holder for LARP Throwing Knife

$56

Royal Foam Dagger

Royal Foam Dagger

$79

Dragonbound Belt Buckle

Dragonbound Belt Buckle

$47

Lined Pewter Tankard with Rope Handle 1 Pint

Lined Pewter Tankard with Rope Handle 1 Pint

$20

Medieval Celtic Dagger

Medieval Celtic Dagger


Tempered Medieval Arming Sword

When someone refers to a "medieval" sword, they are generally speaking of a sword that would have been carried by either a knight or a soldier during the Middle Ages. Although the exact start and end dates of the medieval age has been disputed for years, all Strongblade references (unless otherwise noted) refer to the period between 500 A.D. (around the time the Roman Empire was ending) to about 1500 AD (around the time when the renaissance was beginning).

Although forging techniques and aesthetic qualities changed quite a bit throughout this time period, the swords themselves remained relatively unchanged. In fact, some swords were passed down through families, or changed hands through battle, for hundreds of years. Favorite hilts were often re-bladed when the original blade broke or wore out, and sometimes a good blade was transferred to a new hilt.

Medieval swords ranged in length, but when Strongblade refers to a medieval sword, we are usually referring to a blade that is less than 38 inches or so -- what was generally referred to as an "Arming Sword", or a knights secondary sword. These swords were almost always worn by the knight except in combat (when the knight would usually bring a larger battle sword). Swords of longer length from that time period are sometimes referred to as "Infantry Swords," "Battle Swords", "Hand-and-a-Half Swords" or "Two-Handed Swords", depending on the style and who was wielding them.

Medieval swords almost always have pommels (often using a variation of the standard "disk" pommel), usually have well defined crosses (or quillons), and typically have long fullers (indented grooves running along the blade). Of the many medieval swords that have been excavated or found, quite a few have engravings on the blades. Usually, these engravings were of a religious nature, with sacred phrases or sketches etched into the blade and usually filled with another metal, like silver.

Forging:
The most common forging technique during the early medieval ages was known as "Pattern Welding". This is a technique of folding metal and grinding/pounding it down into itself repeatedly. Pattern-welding caused visible "waves" and patterns in the metal, thus giving it its name. Asian (particularly Japanese) smiths took this technique further, and are generally regarded as having "perfected" the style, although Japanese forging techniques are quite different from the original pattern welding of the middle ages.

See Strongblade's Tempered Medieval Arming Sword