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Medieval Arming Swords

Medieval Arming Swords

Often this was the weapon of choice of the medieval knight. It was commonly used during the middle ages. It was weilded with one-handed, allowing the knight or soldier to hold a shield in their other hand. The knight and his arming blade were inseparable. Though a knight might switch other instruments throughout his life and even during a single battle, the arming sword was his for life. In fact, it was likely that a knight would go through more wives than arming swords, and, when you consider that they were often handed down from generation to generation, it's quite possible that an entire family tree would use the same blade.
SBA-ARCHERSWORD

SBA-ARCHERSWORD

European Archer's Short Sword

$77

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This European short sword is a beautifully weighted with nickel-chromed hilt, pommel and scabbard accents. The grip is tightly wrapped with a rich red copper wiring and the blade is rugged high-carbon steel.

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SBA-CRUSADER

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

$82

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A more recent version of our Dominus Crusader featuring the same the same distinctive cross in the pommel, but this version offers a blade without the fullers providing a wonderfully open area perfect for a personalized engraving.

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SBA-DEATHBRINGER

Deathbringer: Hand-and-a-Half Mercenary Sword

$97

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The extremely wide blade and the scalloped brass crossguard which appear to be talons or skeletal fingers help earn the name for this model. Although not a true hand size, it does have a grip wide enough for some hand-and-a-half work.

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SBA-DOMINUSCRUSADER

Dominus - Knight Crusader Arming Sword

$89

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It is a wonderfully crafted arming sword that feels absolutely perfect in your hand. A padded and ridged leather grip gives excellent traction for the hand and a more ergonomic feel.

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SBA-GENSTEELSWORD

Gensteel Elegant High-Carbon Steel Arming Sword and Sheath

$91

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The Gensteel is a fine example of the paradoxes of war. It is a beautiful thing to behold. Elegant and tapered, with gracefully curling tips on the guards and a sophisticated, spade-shaped pommel.

SBA-GOTHDREAM

SBA-GOTHDREAM

Goth Dream Arming Sword with scabbard

$80

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The GothDream has a historic base but with a bit of a fantasy flare, Based on the arming sword or war spike design, it long, light and very well balanced. The hilt is distinctive yet comfortable to wield.

SBA-JAEGER-F

SBA-JAEGER-F

Jaeger Rugged Viking Sword - Stage Combat and Live Steel Perfomances

$92

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Designed for stage combat or theatrical re-enactment, the guards and pommels are made from a polished-but-uncoated steel, which prevents chipping when struck. The thicker blade edge and round tip add an extra measure of safety.

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SBA-KNIGHTPROTECTOR

Medieval Knight Protector's Arming Sword

$79

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This is a gorgeous reproduction of a medieval arming sword. The blade is made from a high-carbon steel. A long, graceful fuller runs almost the entire length of the blade, giving the sword additional strength and lightness.

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SBA-KNIGHTPROTECTOR-F

Medieval Knight Protector's Stage Combat Sword

$79

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A stage combat version of our popular Knight Protector but with thicker edges and rounded tip for extra security. The blade is also slightly narrower making it lighter and easier to wield.

SBA-RINGHILTBASTARD

SBA-RINGHILTBASTARD

German Bastard-Style Ringhilt Sword with Split Grip

$94

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The German Ring-Hilted is about 47 inches in total length. A little short for a standard hand and a half sword, but the shorter length actually helps with the balance. It weighs in at about 3.5lbs, so it's no daisy, but the point of balance is set nicely at about 5 inches from the guards.

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SBA-WARSPIKE

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

$86

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The Warspike combines the length of a long arming sword, the hilt of a small hand-and-a-half, and just a hint of a "tuck" thrusting blade. The excellent balance and light weight make the Warspike an exceptional addition to any collection.

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SBCM-LOCKSLEY

Blade Robin Locksley - Stainess Steel Sword of Robin Hood with Ornamented Hilt

$86

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A dedication to Robin Hood(Robin of Robin of Locksley). A slim light stainless steel blade with a beautifully ornate hilt. The original Elegant Weapon for a More Civilized Age."

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SBCM-TEMPLAR-GOLD

Gilded Templar Sword with Knight's Templar Sigil and Scabbard

$95

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This is a beautiful piece of historically based artwork. It bears a 32.5-inch stainless-steel blade that is smooth and perfect for engraving. The black leather scabbard bears ornately carved and gilded collar and tip.

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SBCM-TEMPLAR-KNIGHT

Knight Templar Sword with Pewter Colored Hilt with Golden Accents

$95

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The Sword of the Templar Knight is a highly ornamental with a beautiful pewter colored metal hilt featuring a golden cross in the pommel and embedded golden colored coins in the grip and guard embossed with various designs of religious significance.

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SBDK-DAG-TEMPLAR-T

Tempered Templar Dagger with Cross Embossed Pommel

$50

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SBA-CRECYSWORD

Battle Of Crecy's Hand and a Half Sword

$86

Out of Stock

A historical replica from the battle of Crecy, the blade is 36 inches of carbon steel. The leather grip and polished steel guard add to the beauty and functionality of this piece. The steel pommel help give it excellent balance.

SBA-NORMAN-TWOHAND

SBA-NORMAN-TWOHAND

Norman Sword with Molded Leather Scabbard with Belt Hangers

$140

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The Norman two-handed sword is one of our most beautiful pieces. Boasting an impressive overall size of 45 inches with a blade length of 35 inches it still a comfortable weight and very well balanced.

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SBCM-PENDRAGON

King Arthur's Sword, Excalibur - Arthur Pendragon

$84

Out of Stock

The Pendragon captures the power, nobility and mystery of legendary King Arthur and his mystical sword, Excalibur. This version of Excalibur is long--nearly four foot in overall length, with a wide stainless steel blade that's absolutely perfect for engraving.

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SBDK-DARKAGES

Arming Sword with Leather Scabbard

$75

Out of Stock

This design is based on the traditional medieval arming sword. It is beautifully crafted and features a blade with a wide fuller. The wooden grip is covered with wrapped leather cord.

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SBDK-MEDIEVAL-BASTARD-T

European Bastard Sword with Elegant Red Scabbard

$101

Out of Stock

The medieval bastard is gorgeous with many unique features. The blade is made of high quality tempered steel available sharpened or un-sharpened. The steel guard and pommel balance out the length of the blade. The grip is accented in red which matches the red scabbard.

Strongblade Lore
(A Bit of History According to Strongblade)

The knight and his arming sword were inseperable. Though a knight might switch other weapons throughout his life and even during a single battle, the arming sword was his for life. In fact, it was likely that a knight would go through more wives than arming swords, and, when you consider that arming swords were often handed down from generation to generation, it's quite possible that an entire family tree would use the same sword.

Because of this, arming swords were much more than just weapons. They became symbols of the men who carried them. Badges of honor, symbols of rank and nobility, and messages to all that the bearer was both a gentleman and warrior; that he could save your soul or take it in an instant.

The relationship between the knight and his arming sword was similiar, if not so religious, as the relationship between a samurai and his katana. Knights would have sacred or other meaningful words inscribed into the blades of their swords, inlaid with silver or gold. These words served as both an inspiration and personal motto for them. Occasionally, knights would rent out space on their swords to local merchants, and would, with each kill, proclaim "This death was brought to you by Samuel's Bake Shop, where you don't have to spend a lot of bread to get a loaf" or something similar. Actually, I don't think those last two sentences are true, but it would have been a good way for the knights to raise money for their church, now wouldn't it?

As mentioned, arming swords were handed down from generation to generation. The swords, used in combat, often suffered damage or breakage, so the blade would be refitted, or a new pommel would be attached, or perhaps a new grip would be added to replace an old worn one. It's possible that the sword a great-great grandson bore no longer resembled the original.

Arming swords in warfare were used mostly as backup weapons for lances and much larger battle swords. The knight would draw these swords when dismounted, or when his other weapons were lost or broken. The arming sword, however, would have been used quite often in one-on-one combat and in smaller scale combats. In some tourneys, knights would first joust with lances, then, when unseated, would draw their arming sword and continue the combat.

Inspired by Model SBA-GENSTEELSWORD

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