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Medieval and European Swords- Battle Swords, Arming Swords, Rapiers

Medieval and European Swords- Battle Swords, Arming Swords, Rapiers

The sword, in the classic, romantic sense of the word, usually conjours up images of knights in Europe. Unless you mis-hear the word and think someone is talkingabout sores. In which case, many people will still think about Europe and the plague, so I guess our bases are covered.
SBA-ARCHERSWORD

SBA-ARCHERSWORD

European Archer's Short Sword

$74

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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-CELTICSHORTSWORD

High Carbon Steel Celtic Sword with Sheath

$77

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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.

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SBA-COUSTILLEDAGGER

Hand Crafted Coustille Sword-Dagger

$54

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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.

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SBA-CRECYSWORD

Battle Of Crecy's Hand and a Half Sword

$86

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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-CROSSEWIND

SBA-CROSSEWIND

Crossewind Ambidextrous Swept-Hilt Rapier with Brass Guard and Pommel

$88

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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.

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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

$93

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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-DREADWINDRAPIER

Dreadwind: Swept Hilt Rapier

$94

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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.

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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.

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SBA-GREATSWORD

The Great War Two Handed Longsword

$85

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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?

SBA-IRISHTWOHANDER

SBA-IRISHTWOHANDER

Caladbolg, Irish Two Hander - Lightning Sword of Fergus

$116

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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.

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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.

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SBA-OSPREYVIKING

Osprey; Viking Raider Battle Sword

$77

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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.

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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.

SBA-STORMBLADERAPIER

SBA-STORMBLADERAPIER

Stormblade Swept Hilt Rapier, Musketeer Style, with Superior Balance

$94

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If you're looking for a great Three Musketeers style rapier, then this is your Huckleberry. Astoundingly attractive, light and un-adverbially cool.

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SBA-SWD-MED-FALCHION

Medieval European Falchion

$77

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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.

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SBA-TWISTEDCLAYMORE

Claidheamh Mor: Twisted Hilt Claymore

$132

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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.

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SBA-VIKINGRAIDER

Quick-Strike Classic Viking Raider Sword

$63

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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.

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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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SBC-SWD-STAGESABRE

Stage Combat Sabre or Rapier

$110

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This 19th Century sabre is designed for stage combat. A military style sabre which is durable enough for sports fencing.

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SBCM-LOCKSLEY

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

$71

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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-MAS-RED

Masonic Greatsword - Stainless-Greatsword with Red Velvet Grip

$79

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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.

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SBCM-PENDRAGON

King Arthur's Sword, Excalibur - Arthur Pendragon

$74

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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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SBCM-TEMPLAR-GOLD

Gilded Templar Sword with Knight's Templar Sigil and Scabbard

$76

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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

$73

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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-DARKAGES

Arming Sword with Leather Scabbard

$104

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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-HOLYLAND

Holy Land Sword with Leather Scabbard

$99

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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.

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SBDK-ROYALKNIGHT

Tempered Royal Knight Arming Sword with Leather Scabbard

$95

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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.

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SBDK-ROYALRAPIER

Swept Hilt Rapier

$100

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This is beautiful piece. It features a large basket with intricate design. The grip consists of alternating layers of steel and polished wood.

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SBV-ICE-II

Ice, Sword of Eddard Stark

$315

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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.

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SBA-AMBERGALERAPIER

Ambergale: Brass Swept Hilt Rapier

$73

Out of Stock

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.

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SBA-ROYALRAPIER-T

Swept basket-Hilt Highborn Rapier

$129

Out of Stock

The rapier was a sword that spanned the classes-from stripped-down, utilitarian versions to beautiful masterpieces like this Highborn Rapier.

Strongblade Lore
(A Bit of History According to Strongblade)

Le Musketeers
Who were these musketeers everyone talks about so much and why didn't they carry any muskets?

Well, truth be told, musketeers DID carry muskets, but they were intended more as an elite honor guard for the king and other high ranking members of French civilization. Because of this, they tended to disdain firearms unless absolutely necessary, as a matter of pride.

These men were hand picked for their skill with sword, musket and horse. But musketeers were also required to be gentlemen, to be educated and to be able to perform well socially. Although the musketeer units were created in 1600 under Henry IV, their hayday.. heyday ... heydey.. .ah forget it... their peak was under Louis the XIII and Louis the XIV (until Louis XIV ran the country AND the musketeers into the ground). The musketeers originally all rode grey horses and were as skilled in riding as they were in swordplay.

But enough about the musketeers. You want to hear about D'Artagnan, and Athos and Porthos, and that Aramis guy, don't you? Well, beleive it or not, they all truly existed. As did Cardinal Richelieu, the villain in Alexander Dumas' book, and the Duchesse de Winter was also based on a real person. D'Artagnan was supposedly quite the adventuresome musketeer. His prowess with sword and musket and his bravery eventually led to his appointment as Grand Musketeer, one of the most prestigious military honors in France (no real relation to the Grand MOUSEketeer, who really has no discernable skill with sword OR musket). No doubt his stories captured the imagination of Dumas much later in history.

Rapiers, Cut-and-Thrust Swords, and Small-Swords
This group of swords is one of the most confused of all the different classes. Most of these swords are usually classified into one ambiguous lump under the term rapiers but in actuality, they were very distinct groups of rapiers.

The rapiers and small-swords were swords carried mostly by civilians, and were used almost exclusively in duels or for self-defense. Cut-and-thrust swords were a more military sword, used to combat slower, heavier knightly swords.

Rapiers
Although the term rapier has become synonymous with any narrow-bladed sword (particularly those with fancy hilts), the term rapier actually applied to only a select few types of swords. Rapiers were narrow (usually one and a quarter inches wide), quite long, fairly heavy, and usually had only a slight edge on them. The extremely long length of the rapiers made them a bit heavy and cumbersome, not at all the Errol Flynn or Zorro-type small-swords that most people think of.

Although early rapiers did have sharp edges, the sword was meant almost exclusively as a thrusting rapier. It is theorized that the sharp edges on early rapiers were used to discourage opponents from grabbing the rapier with their off hand, although there is some evidence that the edges also allowed the sword to slide into a body more easily. And that's really what it's all about isn't it? That said, there is also evidence that early rapier wielders did use the edges to slash, but the type of rapiers they used were probably closer to their side-sword cousins than to the rapier in its prime.

A rapier was used almost entirely for offense when it was first introduced (in the 15th century). If a rapierist was going to parry, he or she would use a parrying dagger in the left hand, or perhaps a small buckler shield. As the rapiers became smaller and more agile, parrying with the blade was introduced. This meant much more contact with opponent's blades, and, as anyone who did any amount of broomstick fencing when they were kids knows, quite a few hand wounds. Because of this, elaborate crosses (metal guards perpendicular to the blade) and rings were developed to help protect the hand. These protections evolved and became more elaborate, culminating with spiraling crosses and beautiful swept hilts. Later, swordsmen went to a more practical, if less aesthetic, cup hilt. This was a small, curved metal disk at the top of the hilt, just above the cross.

The term rapier has been used to describe all of the swords in this category at one time or another, and is fast becoming a catch-all to light swords in general. The term is believed to have come from the Spanish/Italian word ropera meaning clothes, being a sword that is worn with clothes, or a dress sword.

Small-swords and Dueling Swords
These are the swords that many people generally think of when they hear the word rapier. Fairly short, light, and having only a rudimentary edge or no edge at all. These and the dueling swords are the rapiers closest to our modern day fencing foils and epees.

Hollywood loves the small-swords; Errol Flynn, Zorro, and the Three Musketeers have all been depicted with some form of small-swords. The light-weight small-swords allowed much faster swordplay, what is known as double-time fencing; quick attacks and counter-attacks and fast paced movement. With this type of rapier, a combatant didnt need a parrying dagger or buckler. Parries were executed with the forte of the blade (The portion of the blade nearest the hilt), and ripostes (counter-attacks launched after a parry) were blazingly fast. Small-swords were the basis for later Court swords, which were mostly ornamental swords worn by the for fashion instead of combat.

Although small-swords were used for dueling, they should not be confused with dueling swords, which were used almost exclusively for duels. Dueling swords had absolutely no edge; they were used only for thrusts against an opponent. Dueling swords were often cylindrical, although there were also versions with rectangular cross sections. These swords were the direct descendants of modern fencing foils and epees.

Both small-swords and dueling swords were the penultimate dueling rapiers they could be carried easily at all times and were graceful enough to be used by the upper classes. In fact, the use of the small-sword was considered an important part of a gentlemans education.

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