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The dagger arrived today and is really beautiful, it will look terrific in my wall display. I'll be back to shop again soon.
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Swords, Armor, LARP - Personalization is our Specialty

Engraveable Lightsaber
Engrave your Saber
In Star Wars, Jedi knights spent countless hours infusing their particular Force essence into lightsabers to make the devices unique. But the Force ain't what it used to be. If you want a truly personalized lightsabre, custom engraving is your best bet. Check out our interactive, online engraving tool and forge your own customized lightsaber. What will you put on yours? Like Obi-Wan said: "Engraved lightsabers are an elegant weapon for a more civilized age." I might be paraphrasing.

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

$20

Medieval Celtic Dagger

Medieval Celtic Dagger

$89

Crusader Knight's Medieval Arming Sword with Christian Cross on the Pommel

Crusader Knight's Medieval Arming Sword with Christian Cross on the Pommel

$116

Caladbolg, Irish Two Hander - Lightning Sword of Fergus

Caladbolg, Irish Two Hander - Lightning Sword of Fergus

$23

Runic Viking Battle Ring - Pewter viking Runering with Authentic Norse Etchings

Runic Viking Battle Ring - Pewter viking Runering with Authentic Norse Etchings

$38

Pewter Classic Tankard 1 Pint

Pewter Classic Tankard 1 Pint

$89

Roman Gladius Vesparum: Wasp-waisted Roman Gladius

Roman Gladius Vesparum: Wasp-waisted Roman Gladius


Mainz Gladius, Red

The Gladius
The Roman Gladius has a long and prosperous history. It was, at first, a sword used by the Spaniards. The Spaniards were particularly good at fighting the Romans and earned the grudging respect of the Italian conquerors, who, nonetheless conquered them anyway. (it's a fitting tribute to the toughness of the Spaniards that Russell Crowe's "Maximus" character in the movie "Gladiator" was a Spaniard who had been integrated into the Roman army). The Spaniard's had two swords feared by the Romans: The hook-handled "falcata," (a horrific slashing sword with a lethal forward curve) and the Gladius. The Romans were so impressed with the effectiveness of the gladius that they quickly adopted it for their own troops.

The gladius was used primarily for stabbing, so it features a fearsome v-shaped tip, great for slipping through the spaces in ribs, or through the cartilage itself if aim was bad or mood particularly grim. The versatile sword could also be used to slash; both edges were sharpened and deadly. The sword was ideal for the Romans, who used it in formation, with all soldiers drawing their swords from their right side with their right hand (this bit of conformity kept legionnaires from accidentally dissecting their immediate neighbors). The small swords were the perfect complement to the huge scutum shields that the soldiers used in their formations, giving the troops speed and the ability to withdraw the sword quickly and defend themselves solely with the shield.

See Strongblade's Mainz Gladius, Red

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