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Just a quick note to let you know I received my sword today and it's just perfect. Shipping was fast, the blade and scabbard were in great shape, and the engraving was PERFECT. I enjoyed the ""Care and Feeding"" guide - glad to know you've got a sense of humor (as you should have, selling Medieval swords in 2014!!). Very satisfied, and will shop here again as I arm up (um, I mean ""costume up"") for the next Renaissance festival. Actually I'll be a holdout from an earlier age I suppose.

Thanks again for the great service.

Tom ?>

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

$94

Sword Of Crecy

Sword Of Crecy

$7

Buccaneer Shot Glasses

Buccaneer Shot Glasses

$88

LARP Battle Bow

LARP Battle Bow

$12

Latex Pig Nose

Latex Pig Nose

$49

Renaissance Pants / Pirate Pants

Renaissance Pants / Pirate Pants

$52

Adjustable Demon Skull Leather Bracers

Adjustable Demon Skull Leather Bracers


Silverlocke Noble Dagger

Before there were swords, before even spears, there came the dagger. In fact, the dagger was quite possibly the first real weapon ever created by man. Oh sure, it may not have been called a dagger back then, more of a knife really, made from stone then chipped and scraped into a sharp point. It is believed that Thag the Smart Guy, a popular caveman from prehistoric times, first invented the dagger to kill a rival caveman named Grung. He is quoted as saying "Me tired of Grung hitting me with rocks. Me gonna fix him." However, since this whole incident took place before recorded history, that's all hearsay.

The true dagger is a weapon that has both edges sharpened. The length and width of daggers varied quite a bit throughout history, especially early on, when the line between dagger and sword was notably blurred. Typical daggers tend to be no more than 14 inches or so in length, with European daggers usually having crossguards and pommels (and, knowing medieval Europeans, probably bloodstains as well).

Swords supposedly owe their existence to daggers. In the arms-race of ancient history, daggers allegedly became longer and longer until they became in all respects, swords. When swords took over the dominant role in combat, daggers were still kept around for several reasons; they were great for close quarters fighting, they could be hidden easily and, if weighted properly, could be thrown at opponents. Daggers were also still quite popular in the dining halls to cut and skewer food as well (seriously).

In the renaissance, daggers regained much of their popularity, but this time in a supporting role. Swords had become lighter and faster, allowing combatants to hold another weapon in their free hand. That weapon was usually a dagger and was used mostly to parry, bind or slow and opponents blade. Later, specialized daggers with large, basket-type hand guards were created to make the weapon even better suited to its new defensive role. The new dagger was often referred to as "Main-Gauche," which in French means "My Gosh!" and was said to have originated from the first guy to die when his blade was parried by one such dagger. Alright, I'm a pathological liar. I need help. "Main-Gauche" actually means "Left Hand", which is a LOT less exciting than my definition, isn't it?

Daggers have, throughout history also had more insidious roles as well. Their small size and ability to deliver quick lethal strokes made them excellent weapons for more unsavory types. Assassins relied on them because they were easy to hide. Julius Caesar, Caligula (and several other Roman Emperors), Poet Christopher Marlowe, St. Lucy, Scottish Regent Earl Douglas, and many many others in history have been assassinated by enemies wielding daggers. Another dark task given to daggers has been to dispatch of sacrificial offerings, whether the offering consisted of animals or humans. Many cultures throughout time have practiced ritual sacrifice and, usually, this was done using daggers (often ornate ones at that).

Daggers eventually gave way to knives as time went on. Knives are generally single-edged weapons and are used for a large variety of utilitarian functions, only one of which is killing things. Knives have been carried by hunters, soldiers, craftsmen, repairmen and angry, crazy people everywhere (Strongblade obviously does not condone nor tolerate any kind of illegal activity with its weapons, nor will we sell our items to anyone we think will use them irresponsibly or in a "crazy" fashion).

See Strongblade's Silverlocke Noble Dagger