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.
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.
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.
Weathered Bronze Greek/Spartan Helmet with Horse Hair Crest, Liner
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(A Bit of History According to Strongblade)
You know your civilization is tough when it's very name comes to mean "warlike".
The Spartans were reknowned for their ferocity and for their military strength and skill. Of the Greek city-states, the Spartans were one of the few who actually had a standing army with professional soldiers. Most of the other city-states had sitting armies who would rarely stand at all. Okay, just jokes. Other Greek city states had armies composed of citizen soldiers who would arm and equip themselves at times of war, but no real standing professional army. The Spartans had a strict military philosophy that made them strive to be as strong and disciplined as possible and to do away with all other distractions (In addition to "warlike" the name Spartan has come to mean simple and sparse).
Ancient artwork on vases, urns and the like depict Greek warriors fighting nude or with very little armor. This is a stylized version of warfare -- a dreamy artistic interpretation of fighting, man versus man in the simplest, most pure sense of the term. Frank Miller, in his graphic novel 300, took his cue from these types of artistic renderings, giving his Spartan soldiers a jock strap, a shield, a helmet and little else. This certainly looks impressive (particulalry when your actors work out obsessively for 6 months before shooting) but is not exactly how Greeks fought. The hoplite, a standard unit in Greek militaries, was a heavily armored soldier, with a steel or bronze cuirass (breastplate for you who don't speak Spartanese), heavy greaves on their legs, vambraces on their arms, helmets and mud flaps with silhouettes of naked women on them (okay, no mud flaps). Thus armored, the hoplites were: A. Well protected from just about any type of attack, B. Heavier, thus allowing them to push their opponents backward when meeting shield-to-shield and C. No fun in swimming competitions.
Greeks fought as a unit known as a phalanx. They grouped themselves together tightly, using their shields to cover themselves and part of the soldier to their left. In this way, every shield covered half of two people. Their own shield covered their left and their neighbor's shield covered their right, so that every soldier was fully covered from the knees to the shoulders. Their heads were protected by a large helmet and their legs by sturdy iron or brass greaves (usually sculpted to look like legs). In their right hands, they carried a long spear with a rounded leaf-blade. The spear typically had an iron or brass spiked butt which helped to balance it and could also be used to stab with if the spearhead broke. On their waist, Greeks carried a short leaf-bladed sword. This was used when the fighting got very close or their spears were mangled beyond use.
The fighting style of Greek soldiers (particularly the phalanx units) was fairly simple. They would march forward, sometimes at a run, and slam into their opponents. The two rival units would meet shield to shield, spear to spear, and begin shoving and stabbing at one another (This was exemplified in the movie 300 by the memorable scene of Leonidas' Spartans stylistically shoving their opponents off a cliff). When the soldiers of one unit started to fall, their unit tended to disintergrate like a chain with breaking links. When enough men fell in one formation, the remaining men tended to turn and flee, knowing that to stay was death. Greeks generally placed the strongest, most experienced warriors in both the front and the rear of the formation. The ones in the front bore the brunt of the initial charge. The ones in the back kept the unit together for as long as possible if things started to go badly (and also turn and face enemies that might flank them). Sometimes neither unit would gain a clear advantage and the fighting would break down into hundreds of small combats between the men, usually with swords.
The Spartan poet Tyrtaeus, a warrior himself, wrote extensively about the horrors and glories of phalanx formations. Liek this little gem:
Our soldier should be disciplined in the work of the heavy fighter, and not stand out to the missiles when he carries a shield, but go forward and fight at close quarters and with his long spear or short sword, thrust home and strike his enemy down. Let him fight toe to toe and shield against shield hard driven, crest against crest and helmet against helmet, chest against chest; let him close hard and fight it out with his foeman, holding tight to the hilt of his sword, or to his long spear.
Inspired by Model SBH-SPARTANCRESTED