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Longswords, broadswords and two handed war swords. These are the biggest swords that we offer.
Roman & Greek Swords
Whether you're standing shoulder to shoulder on the beaches of Troy or facing down a Thracian gladiator in Rome, these are the weapons you would have used.
following is an excerpt from a recently featured article on The Strongblade Edge written by award
winning author Roberto Calas.
In my historical fantasy trilogy, THE SCOURGE, the main characters tend to use swords when fighting the zombie-like demons that have overwhelmed their country. The characters are knights, so this is appropriate. The protagonist, Sir Edward Dallingridge, hacks his way through waves of undead while trying to reach his wife (who is a hundred miles away). In reality, the European medieval sword—while an excellent choice against lightly armored troops or unarmored opponent—is a is a difficult weapon to use against writhing hordes of undead.
Swords are designed, primarily, to slash. Zombies are designed to not give a crap about slashes. See our problem? In most zombie mythos, penetrating the head is the only way to kill them. Sure, a powerful slash can cleave a head, but when you are swarmed by the undead, who has time for powerful slashes? And even if you had the time, you encounter the age-old and highly technical problem of sword-stuckery. A blade that penetrates the skull will remain lodged there until dislodged by an equal or greater force.
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At Strongblade, we sell swords that are made for us, as well as swords made by other manufacturers. Our swords (most of them start with the prefix SBA-) are all manufactured to our specifications. They are hand forged and crafted almost entirely as swords have been for thousands of years. In addition to our swords, we are dealers for most major, reliable, sword dealers out there (so if you don't see something on our site, chances are we can get it for you anyway). Unlike many other sword vendors, we are very careful about what swords we put on the site. Every sword that we put on our site is guaranteed to meet quality benchmarks that we set. We're not saying every sword we sell is equal, but every sword we sell will be of excellent quality for its price.
In this world of robots that make cars, pianos that play themselves and droids that vacuum your house, it's heartwarming to see a product that is actually made by human hands. Our handcrafted swords are made by humans, for humans (although if you wanted to give one as a gift to your robot, we wouldn't hold it against you). Our humans hammer the steel as it has been done for thousands of years. They heat and quench the blades just like blacksmiths of old. Because of this, each sword (or item) will vary slightly from the next. There will be small discrepancies in each, discrepancies that would be called minor blemishes had they been made by a machine but are instead marks of authenticity in hand-crafted items.
Strongblade sells both tempered and non-tempered swords. Both type of swords serve a purpose. Non-tempered swords are good for
costume or very light sparring. Tempered are considered "Battle-Ready" by many people, meaning you can sharpen them to a very
fine edge and do some light cutting with it (or leave it dull and do some light, low-speed sparring with them, assuming you are
fully armored, are wearing eye protection, and have been trained by a professional to do this).
Non-tempered high carbon steel is not likely to break or shatter but it will bend if enough contact is made (not that this is a huge problem, but you’ll spend a lot of time straightening your sword, much like a competitive fencer does with his or her foil. And unlike a foil, a thick sword will weaken very quickly after continuous bending and will probably break down the road). Also if you are looking to put an edge on your sword, high carbon steel in its native state will not hold a fine edge. High carbon steel tends to be relatively soft which makes it difficult to sharpen.
Tempering is the solution to both of the above problems (easily bent and hard to sharpen, for those of you who can’t keep up). Tempering is part of a heat treatment process. The first part of the process involves heating and quenching. The blade is heated to an extremely high temperature, so high that the blade will glow red. It is then cooled quickly by quenching (dipping) into an oil or water bath. This quenching process alters the metallic structure of the blade making it extremely hard. Unfortunately along with the added hardness, the blade also becomes very brittle. The hardened metal can hold a very fine edge but because of its brittleness it can also break very easily.
In order to put ductility (which, to my surprise, means flexibility and has nothing to do with ducks) back into the metal, the blade must be tempered. In the tempering process the blade is again heated and cooled but this heating and cooling process is much more gradual than before. The full heat/cool cycle can last several hours. The tempering temperature is also much lower than the temperature used during the quenching process. When the process is complete the blade is flexible enough to withstand impact without breaking, but hard enough to hold a sharpened edge.