European Archer's Short Sword
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.
High Carbon Steel Celtic Sword with Sheath
This Celtic shortsword has a polished steel semicircle guard is which is accented with brass rivets and fits snugly over the flared forte of the sword's blade. The blade is forged from our rugged high-carbon steel and is oak-leaf shaped.
Hand Crafted Coustille Sword-Dagger
This Coustille, the Blackrush, is a beautifully crafted reproduction of these daggers. It features a high-carbon and full-tang blade, a nickel-plated steel guard, and a wheel pommel with a satisfyingly understated sunken hub.
Battle Of Crecy's Hand and a Half Sword
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.
Crossewind Ambidextrous Swept-Hilt Rapier with Brass Guard and Pommel
Truly a handsome rapier,and wieldable by left-handed or right-handed warriors. The guards on one side sweep upwards and join together, to flow up and around the grip like a waterfall.
Crusader Knight's Medieval Arming Sword with Christian Cross on the Pommel
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.
Deathbringer: Hand-and-a-Half Mercenary Sword
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.
Dominus - Knight Crusader Arming Sword
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.
Dreadwind: Swept Hilt Rapier
This one of the finest rapiers that Strongblade sells at this price range. It has a breathtaking, oversized swept hilt, chromed in nickel and swirling like a sandstorm around the hand that wields it.
Gensteel Elegant High-Carbon Steel Arming Sword and Sheath
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.
Caladbolg, Irish Two Hander - Lightning Sword of Fergus
At a towering 52 inches long, the Irish Two-hander can both intimidate and impress friends and enemies. Its most notable feature (other than its size) is the polished-steel Celtic ring pommel at the base of the grip.
Jaeger Rugged Viking Sword - Stage Combat and Live Steel Perfomances
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.
Medieval Knight Protector's Arming Sword
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.
Medieval Knight Protector's Stage Combat Sword
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.
Osprey; Viking Raider Battle Sword
The Osprey features a long 32 inch blade and has an amazing swept guard that stretches a good five inches to each side. Nickled and flared at the edges, the guard give the Osprey a regal appearance.
German Bastard-Style Ringhilt Sword with Split Grip
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.
Stormblade Swept Hilt Rapier, Musketeer Style, with Superior Balance
If you're looking for a great Three Musketeers style rapier, then this is your Huckleberry. Astoundingly attractive, light and un-adverbially cool.
Medieval European Falchion
This falchion has a nice curve to it and is weighted similarly to the first falchions created. Sleek design and a distinct blade groove put this falchion in a class of its own.
Claidheamh Mor: Twisted Hilt Claymore
At an impressive 58 inches, This claymore features a massive redwood twisted hilt that truly is beautiful to look at. The brass hardware of the pommel and cross sets off the redwood perfectly. The 42 inch carbon steel blade is polished to a mirror finish.
Quick-Strike Classic Viking Raider Sword
Classic viking! A lofty, carved brass "saddle" pommel sets the tone for this wonderful Norse weapon. The pommel is etched with the traditional lines, dividing the "saddle" into sectors or lobes. Just below the pommel is an attractive ridged grip of leather over wood.
Warspike Knight's Hand-and-a-Half(Bastard) Sword
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.
Stage Combat Sabre or Rapier
This 19th Century sabre is designed for stage combat. A military style sabre which is durable enough for sports fencing.
Masonic Greatsword - Stainless-Greatsword with Red Velvet Grip
A red velvet grip with golden accent, a decorative guard and pommel with Masonic symbols plus an impressive 45 overall length with a 37 inch polished stainless steel blade make this a sword fit for royalty.
King Arthur's Sword, Excalibur - Arthur Pendragon
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.
Gilded Templar Sword with Knight's Templar Sigil and Scabbard
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.
Knight Templar Sword with Pewter Colored Hilt with Golden Accents
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.
Arming Sword with Leather Scabbard
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.
Holy Land Sword with Leather Scabbard
This Holyland is a replica of those used during the military campaigns of the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries known as the Holy Land Crusades. The decorative pommel is a counter weight for the blade and helps make this a very nicely balanced weapon.
Tempered Royal Knight Arming Sword with Leather Scabbard
The Royal Knight features a tapering blade with wide fuller. The leather covered wooden grip is contoured and enhances both the beauty and handling. The solid brushed steel guard also adds to its attractiveness.
Swept Hilt Rapier
This is beautiful piece. It features a large basket with intricate design. The grip consists of alternating layers of steel and polished wood.
Ice, Sword of Eddard Stark
This is a licensed replica of ICE from the HBO series Game of Thrones. ICE is huge measuring almost 58 inches in length. This adult collectible is officially licensed and includes a display plaque and a certificate of authenticity.
Ambergale: Brass Swept Hilt Rapier
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This is a wonderful signature piece to any costume or room. Its all-brass gaurd, grip and pommel give it a unique style that really draws the eye.
The Great War Two Handed Longsword
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This is a magnificent piece of steel. Long and beautiful, with a 32 Inch blade and a massive 8 inch grip. Oh, and did we mention that it's under 3 pounds?
Swept basket-Hilt Highborn Rapier
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The rapier was a sword that spanned the classes-from stripped-down, utilitarian versions to beautiful masterpieces like this Highborn Rapier.
Blade Robin Locksley - Stainess Steel Sword of Robin Hood with Ornamented Hilt
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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."
(A Bit of History According to Strongblade)
The Crusades According to Strongblade
It was a time of darkness, violence, politics and religion. The spiritual and political leader of the world called for a crusade against the East, to exact revenge for wrongs supposedly committed against the West. Tens of thousands died and, in the end, nothing was really accomplished.
We're talking of course, about the Iraq War and our current commander in chief, who actually did call for a crusade just beore the war began. Okay, so all this could apply to the original Crusades too, but it just goes to show how little things change in a thousand years.
Back in the 11th century, Pope Urban II heard about some non-christians being unruly in what is now Eastern Europe and Parts of the Middle East. Apparently, these non-believers were killing pilgrims, Christian pilgrims no less, who were on their way to Jerusalem to pray and break bread and drink wine and whatever else pilgrims do. Pope Urban II, a crafty man, saw this as a chance to unify Europe against a common enemy and called for a "Crusade" against the evil-doers. This led to the first of many Crusades, and, in addition to unifying christians in Europe, gave a purpose to the many mischievous soldiers-turned-mercenaries who were wandering Europe with no battles to fight. These soldiers were establishing roving bands of marauders and generally making things uncomfortable for Civilizations everywhere.
In the year 1096, the crusades began. Before long, the Europeans had captured much of the lands in question and Haliburton moved in and immediately began overcharging the knights for food (okay, so there really was no Haliburton back then. Big Deal.). Years later, the muslims recalimed much of their lands, including the Holy City of Jerusalem. Not to be outdone, the Europeans recalimed it again, and lost it again. This trend went on for hundreds of years, until, in the late 13th century, a pivitol rock, paper, scissors" match was held for the lands, winner take all (after the Europeans lost, there was a great dispute about whether it had been 2 out of 3 or not, and the war began again for another few months).
The rest of the story can be seen inaccurately in the movie Kingdom of Heaven, starring Orlando Bloom. It is a little misleading, but entertaining and captures a bit of the flavor of the true Crusades.
Inspired by Model SBA-DOMINUSCRUSADER