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Swords, Armor, LARP - Personalization is our Specialty

Arming Sword Collector Card
Collector Cards
Can't get enough of Strongblade? You're not alone, sometimes we even get requests for more Strongblade literature. To stem this tide of adoration, we've created a new collector card series highlighting the history and power of Strongblade's most popular products. Each card will feature beautiful graphics, with a short summary of each weapon on the back. All purchases come with a collector card. Our first card honors the arming sword. Look for new cards every few months. Collect them all. And stuff.

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

  • 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.
  • June 2018: We have been working on this a while but we are proud to announce the addition of clip art images to our engaving web app. Now you can add art from our library of over 1,000 images. Create your artwork in steel. It's easy and fun.
  • December 2017: Lots of new inventory of our most popular products have just arrived in time for the holiday season.
  • November 2017: Love dragons? Get your Drag-on! Check out our dragon bookends with custom engraved plate options.
  • October 2017: Upgraded our website search engine with enhanced filtering to help you find the exact product you are looking for.

Featured Products

$19

Decorative Templar Knight's Dagger with White Grip

Decorative Templar Knight's Dagger with White Grip

$19

Medieval Dagger- Elven-Style Dagger

Medieval Dagger- Elven-Style Dagger

$328

Sindarian Premium Command Saber with Carved Wooden Sheath

Sindarian Premium Command Saber with Carved Wooden Sheath

$91

Gensteel Elegant High-Carbon Steel Arming Sword and Sheath

Gensteel Elegant High-Carbon Steel Arming Sword and Sheath

$92

Jaeger Rugged Viking Sword - Stage Combat and Live Steel Perfomances

Jaeger Rugged Viking Sword - Stage Combat and Live Steel Perfomances

$109

Spartan Spear- Greek Thrusting Spear with Leather Wrap and Buttcap

Spartan Spear- Greek Thrusting Spear with Leather Wrap and Buttcap


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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