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 Buster Sword With Sheath and Shoulder Strap
This is a limited edition Buster sword, made from the finest High Carbon steel. This is not a toy. It is for real, not sharpened, but otherwise a very real, very strong, very heavy, very nice.
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.
Roman Gladius Vesparum: Wasp-waisted Roman Gladius
This magnificent gladius features a wasp style blade and a beautifully carved wooden grip. Each segment of the grip is carved deep for a secure hold, and separated with polished brass spacers.
Roman Gladius: Praetorian Guard
The Praetorian is one of our highest end Roman Gladius. With a beautiful high-carbon steel blade, signature V-tip design, stunning polished-hardwood hilt and a blow-your-socks-off gilded sheath, it doesn't get much better.
Goth Dream Arming Sword with scabbard
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.
The Great War Two Handed Longsword
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?
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.
Ancient Greek Hoplite's Phalanx Blade
The Hoplite's blade has an oak-leaf shape, slightly wider toward the point than at the base of the blade. The tho silvered guard is simple and efficient. The pommel is also silvered to a mirror finish.
Roman Gladius Type III with Double Loop Scabbard
This gladius is an exceptional piece. The carved bone grip and polished wood guard and pommel are unique features. It is light and accurate with the classic V-tip that is deal for thrusting. A sturdy rhomboid cross section gives this blade outstanding strength.
Swept basket-Hilt Highborn Rapier
The rapier was a sword that spanned the classes-from stripped-down, utilitarian versions to beautiful masterpieces like this Highborn Rapier.
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.
Aethernis Premium Swept-bladed Sword with Carved Wooden Sheath
The Aethernis is a high-carbon, fully-tempered, sharpened, and battle-ready reproduction of Filipino style, pre-conquest weapons. The curves of the blade scream of elvish grace, with sweeping flourishes arching along the forte of the blade.
Dundarei- Premium Swept Blade Saber with Carved Wooden Sheath
The Dundarei saber is a fully-tempered and battle read.he swept forward blade allows for powerful strokes. And the graceful fullers carved on the forte of the blade makes you look good while making those strokes.
Blade Robin Locksley - Stainess Steel Sword of Robin Hood with Ornamented Hilt
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."
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.
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.
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.
Kukri Dagger with two piece stag handles with brass, black and red spacer stripes
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Laeonis - Premium Broad-bladed Short Sword with Carved Wooden Sheath
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Fully tempered, battle-ready and razor sharp. Both the blade and grip of the Laeonis have a forward tilt to them that gives maximum leverage when cutting. The blade itself is wide, but still light and comfortable to hold.
(A Bit of History According to Strongblade)
The Brigantine was a powerful type of ship that was highly sought after by pirates. It was a roughly 150 ton ship, capable of carrying from 10-12 guns and a crew of up to 100 men. These ships were for big-boy pirates who didn't have to hide or run from their enemies. Sometimes called "skirmish ships," the Brigantines were made for combat, and it was a brave or powerful pirate who commanded one. Brigantines were also occasionally used by the Royal Navy to hunt down pirates, but for the most part, pirate hunting ships usually were a little larger still. Regardless, the larger Brigantines could gobble up the more common sloops like hor doeuvres (mental note: never use the word hor doeuvres in writing again. Pain in the butt getting the spelling and just doesn't look right). Although the sloops were a bit faster and occasionally carried more guns, the Brigantines could take much more punishment and could hold more men.
The average pirate ship, a sloop, was a one-masted ship that could carry about 50-75 men and as many as (but rarely) 14 guns. Some sloops were larger than that, but in almost all versions, a Brigantine was a more favorable ship. In the pecking order of ships, Brigantine's were above Sloops and Barqs, but below the mighty Frigates. Few pirates captained Brigantines. Even fewer ever captained Frigates. Blackbeard had one (the Queen Anne's Revenge), but few others had the means to take and keep a warship.
The Brigantines carried two sails, but used a combination of square sails and "fore-and-aft" sales to give it versatility on the sea (which means that it could both outrun you AND outgun you). Of course, shipping vernacular changed and morphed throughout history, and the exact specifics of the Brigantine mutated with it, but all seem to agree that brigantines had two masts and were larger ships than Sloops.
Romanticized and vilified in literature and film, pirates have been the subject of endless fascination. Pirates of course, are any group of sailors who prey upon other ships, stealing money or goods and sometimes harming or killing the crew. Eye patches seem to have something to do with piracy as well, but no one can really figure out what.
It's hard to say when pirating first started. There are reports of pirates as far back as ancient Greece, and possibly even before, but the pirates that most people think of are the ones from the 17th through the 19th centuries. This was a time when governments actually sanctioned piracy against their enemies (apparently, it was okay to steal from and murder people as long as they were considered enemies of your country). Under these government laws, anyone could attack ships belonging to an enemy country and keep anything that they could recover from the ships. Crews that took advantage of these laws were called "Privateers," which was French for "mean guys with parrots," or "men who drink rum." Well, okay. Privateer isn't really French at all. But "souffle" is, and it means a "light fluffy dish of egg yolks and stiffly beaten egg whites mixed with cheese or fish or fruit."
Many countries encouraged privateers, including England, Spain, America, France, and many North African countries (these African countries formed the heart of the infamous Barbary Coast pirates). And while the idea of privateers might have sounded good when it was first thought up, it lost some of its charm later on. Here's why: The privateers theorized that, "Hey, if I can get 100 gold a month attacking enemy ships, I could probably get 400 a month attacking any ship." They began testing that hypothesis and, soon, there were hundreds (thousands even) of former privateers attacking any ship that came near them. Other privateers switched to piracy when their nations stopped allowing privateering. Thus began the Golden Age of Piracy.
Pirates may have been a lot of things, but they were rarely inefficient. Ship-based life called for cleanliness, order and efficiency in all things. Which is why the cutlass was a favorite of the yo-ho-ho crowd. The weapon was both sword and shield: a vicious blade at one end, a dazzling basket hilt on the other. The blade was short enough to be swung recklessly (without fear of getting caught in rigging or masts) and wide enough to do real damage when it hit. The baskethilt provided excellent hand protection and could even be used as a small shield. The curved blade allowed for fast, efficient cutting and looked pretty good, too.
The exact origin of curved swords is something that has been debated for years. It is generally accepted that the majority of curved swords came from the East.
Curved swords most likely manifested somewhere around Egypt, with the appearance of the khopesh (a weapon somewhere between sickle and sword).
Since then, a number of curved swords began appearing in the East and westerners took to calling such curved swords "Scimitars". Technically, there isn't one sword that is called a scimitar; the term refers to the entire group of curved swords that came from East (excluding the Japanese curved swords). The term may be a derivative of "Shamshir" which was a thin curved sword from Persia, although the shamshir wasn't really popularized until the 1500s. Other scimitars include the Turkish kilij (think of the massive cleaver swords from Aladdin and you have a fairly accurate picture), and the Indian Tulwar (somewhere between a shamshir and a kilij). Some smaller curved weapons from the east include the Kopis (a knifelike curved blade that probably was the predecessor of the Khopesh), the Nepalese kukri and the hook-handled falcata of ancient Spain.
Curved swords weren't confined to the east, of course. As the scimitars developed in the east, the west was catching on to the trend. Sabers and cutlasses were slowly conceptualized and developed in Europe. The curved blades were ideal for charging horsemen who tended to lose their straight blades in the bodies of their haplessly impaled foes. The curved sabers could slash opponents and slide off as the horsemen rode by. Another advantage was that curved blades were more compact than straight ones, so horsemen were also able to slash from side to side without worrying about trimming the ears off their horses.
Sailors also liked this compact size, since ship-board combat was often in very close quarters, with a vexing amount of wooden obstacles for swords to get embedded in. This explains the stereotypical image of the pirate holding a cutlass, reinforced by Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Kierra Knightley in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean.
A back sword is a sword that has only one edge. The non-sharp edge of the sword is known as the "back" of the blade. These swords often are curved. Examples of back-swords include most cutlasses, sabers and what westerners refer to as "Scimitars."
Inspired by Model SBA-BRIGANTINEPIRATE