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We are happy to introduce our new family of miniature Medieval and Roman helmets. Standing between 6 and 8 inches high, these helmets make great decorations for a desk, mantle, book shelf or anywhere else you want to show your love of the warrior spirit. All helmets include a wooden stand and are available with an optional personalized engraving. See the whole family here.

Swords

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Above all Strongblade is a sword manufacturer and supplier.

Engravables

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

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

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Strangeblade

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

Flintlocks

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Masks, elf ears, medieval clothing and other costumes.

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jewelry
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Ye Old Bargins

Sale and Closeout Items
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Engraving Gallery

Engraving Gallery
Some of Our Impressive Engravings

Proclamations

  • June 2019:We are excited to introduce our new family of miniature Medieval and Roman helmets. Standing between 6 and 8 inches high, these helmets make great decorations for a desk, mantle, book shelf or anywhere else you want to show your love of the warrior spirit. All helmets include a wooden stand and are available with an optional personalized engraving. See the whole family here.
  • April 2019: Now you can add an extra level of personalization to your sword. We have introduced a new option for a gemstone of your choice to be inserted into the pommel of our poplular Coustille shortsword. Choose from a dozen different gemstones. Pick your birthstone, a color to match that special outfit or just make it uniqely yours with your favorite color.
  • November 2018: At Strongblade we believe there is nothing better than an engraved blade except for maybe an engraved shield. We have just added our steel bucklers to the list of products which we can engrave. These make great gifts or keepsakes.
  • October 2018: We have been engraving military insginia and logos as custom requests for years but we have just added all of the U.S. Armed Forces Military instignia to our engraving artwork library. Now you can create a design featuring the logo of any of the Armed Forces branches with our online app.
  • August 2018:Celebrate your ancestry with an engraved flag from the country of your ethnic background. We have just added over 100 flags from different countries around the world. Engrave a sword, dagger or tankard now with a symbol of your ethnic origin.

Featured Products

$38

Boffer Long Broad Sword with 6 and 10 Inch Grips

Boffer Long Broad Sword with 6 and 10 Inch Grips

$39

French Justice Earrings with Swarvoski Crystal Blood Drops

French Justice Earrings with Swarvoski Crystal Blood Drops

$32

Amulet Chaostium - Chaos Symbol Pendant and Chain

Amulet Chaostium - Chaos Symbol Pendant and Chain

$29

Whispering Dragon Ear Wrap - Sinuous, Full-Ear Dragon-Cuff.

Whispering Dragon Ear Wrap - Sinuous, Full-Ear Dragon-Cuff.

$88

Roman Gladius: Praetorian Guard

Roman Gladius: Praetorian Guard

$135

Swept basket-Hilt Highborn Rapier

Swept basket-Hilt Highborn Rapier


European Kettle Helm

The kettle helm was the staple of medieval headgear. Worn primarily by footmen and gaurdsmen in the 1100s, this brimmed metal helmet ("Chapel de Fers" or "iron hats" as the French called them)provided adequate protection while allowing excellent vision and mobility. They were also fairly light and could be worn for long periods without incurring fatique. There's also some anecdotal evidence that soldiers would actually cook stew iinside the helmet when they had no pots and pans. Not sure if it's true or not, but seems plausible enough.

It was strongest against attacks from above, like, say from sociopathic knights on horseback swinging swords or warhammers. Or, perhaps, from sadistic archers on castle walls firing arrows or throwing rocks down onto invading soldiers. It was also pretty good against high, overhand swings of sword or axe.

Kettlehelms were much easier and less expensive to make than more comprehensive helmets, but provided excellent protection for the money. This made it ideal for soldiers and gaurds, who often had to be outfitted in large numbers. Pikemen are often seen wearing this type of helmet as well. And because of the comfort and vision that these provided, even some knights would wear them to battle.

See Strongblade's European Kettle Helm

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