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I recently purchased a rapier for my father's birthday, from your website. I have to say, it's a beautiful sword, and the engraving came out flawlessly. On behalf of my father and myself, thank you for a job well done. Worth every penny.

Also, whoever writes your product descriptions is hilarious. I love the wording.

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Swords, Armor, LARP - Custom Engraveds Swords, Daggers and More

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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.

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Above all Strongblade is a sword manufacturer and supplier.

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Engraving Gallery

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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

$31

Deluxe Leather LARP Sword Hanger

Deluxe Leather LARP Sword Hanger

$20

Medieval Celtic Dagger

Medieval Celtic Dagger

$19

Decorative Templar Knight's Dagger with White Grip

Decorative Templar Knight's Dagger with White Grip

$86

Warspike Knight's  Hand-and-a-Half(Bastard) Sword

Warspike Knight's Hand-and-a-Half(Bastard) Sword

$82

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

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

$32

Kukri Dagger with Black Sheath

Kukri Dagger with Black Sheath


Viking Halberd Longaxe

Polearms: Pole instruments have been around almost as long as the dagger. Here, I will prove it: think of a caveman. Now, what is he holding in his hand? For 75 percent of you the answer is probably a spear. Another 22 percent of you probably said a rock. Three percent probably are saying the hair of some voluptuous, Cinemax-late-night-style cavegirl in fur bikini. My point here, though, is that most of you probably picture a caveman holding a spear, and that a spear is, essentially, a pole instrument. My point has been pretty much lost in all of this silliness though, so let's just move on.

Polearms have been a constant in just about every civilization throughout history. Almost every culture has had spears at one point or another (pun absolutely not intended nor wanted). But beyond spears, many civilizations have had the brilliant idea of taking an axe or sword and putting it on a long stick so as to be able to poke or hack at your opponent from far away. This was particularly useful when your opponent was on a horse, bearing down on you, preparing to swing a very heavy bludgeoning or hacking implant into your head or torso. Polearms set at an angle, with their butts braced against the ground, were devastating to charging horsemen, as you might imagine.

Polearms were usually inexpensive, which meant that most soldiers could have one. In fact, many styles of polearms developed from the peasant scythe, which was just a long reaping blade attached to a staff (you�ll recall that death is usually pictured brandishing one of these things. Grim Reaper in indeed). The poleaxe, or bardiche, was perhaps a direct descendant of the Scythe. Poleaxes were basically very large axe heads fastened (usually in two places) to a stout wooden shaft.

Halberds are some of the best known styles of polearms. These long polearms had small axe heads on the top and were used by disciplined military units, particularly the Swiss, who were renowned in the 15th and 16th century for their prowess with polearms (and are still, to this day, hired by the pope as the Vatican as personal guard. The Spanish Tercios and the German Landsknechts were both also elite units who used polearms, both having been regarded as the best in the world during their peak.

In Asia, the best known polearm is probably the naginata, a Japanese pole instrument that was not much more than a sword blade mounted on a staff. This instrument was a bit unique among polearms; the staff usually was a little bit flexible, allowing the wielder to bonk people around corners. It also allowed for much fancier finger work, resulting in more delicate combat more akin to fencing than army hacking.

Other styles of Polearms included the voulge and glaive (staffs with small, rounded blades attached), the Scottish Lochaber axe (a very long axe blade mounted onto a staff, with a small hook on the opposite side) and the Viking halberd (reputedly looks like a slim bardiche).

See Strongblade's Viking Halberd Longaxe

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