Marto Swords from Toledo in Spain – sword manufacturer producing a totally awesome display swords, armor, costumes and medieval gifts.
Medieval sword fight with two handed swords, maces and group fight with one handed swords and other weapons.
Sword fight event: Year 1995, Helfstyn castle, CZ, Europe performed by a Moravian group Markus M.
Look at the following video for the real gothic fight with twohanders.
Two handed swords in action
Celtic swords for sale. New sword cattegory added. Celtic swords available for sale. Celtic warriors in history.
For hundreds of years the Celtic warrior represented the quintessential barbarian warrior to the settled peoples of the Mediterranean. To the Romans, Greeks and other “civilized” people the Celts where a reoccurring nightmare that unpredictably erupted from darker Europe. It was a well earned reputation, and they repeatedly gave the Mediterranean world reason to fear them.
Celtic warriors stood a head taller than their Mediterranean opponents and are described as having muscular physics.
With the spread of the La Tene culture at the 5th century BC, iron swords had completely replaced bronze all over Europe. These swords eventually evolved into, among others, the Roman gladius and spatha, and the Greek xiphos and the Germanic sword of the Roman Iron Age, which evolves into the Viking sword in the 8th century.
There are two kinds of Celtic sword. The most common is the “long” sword, which usually has a stylised anthropomorphic hilt made from organic material, such as wood, bone, or horn. These swords also usually had an iron plate in front of the guard that was shaped to match the scabbard mouth. The second type is a “short” sword with either an abstract or a true anthropomorphic hilt of copper alloy.
Scabbards were generally made from two plates of iron, and suspended from a belt made of iron links. Some scabbards had front plates of bronze rather than iron. This was more common on Insular examples than elsewhere; only a very few Continental examples are known.
The last of Napoleon’s swords in private hands, sold in auction for $6.4m.
Auction: Fonteinebleau, France, 2007.
History of the Napoleon sword
The inspiration for the sword’s design is said to have come during Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign. He noticed that the swords used by the Arabs, which were also curved, were very effective in cutting off the heads of their French enemies.
After the battle in Italy, Napoleon gave the sword to his brother as a wedding gift and it was then passed down the family through the generations.
The sword was declared a national treasure in 1978 and, while it may be sold to a foreign buyer, they must have a French address and keep it in France for six months a year.
The sword, which belonged to eight of the emperor’s descendants, was believed to be the last of Napoleon’s blades in private hands.
Types of Swords – Medieval Swords in Europe. Historical sword types in medieval Europe. Description and picture gallery of various swords.
Anelace (cinquedea – five fingers) – short sword or dagger used for parrying or in pair. Favorite sword in Italy.
Backsword – A sword with one sharp edge.
Badelaire – A French term for a short, broad, curved, and double-edged pointed sword.
Bastard Sword aka as the Long Sword (also Half sword or 1,5 handed sword) – The length of the Long Sword (Bastard sword) ranged from from 44 to 50 inches in length. The versatility of the design of Bastard Swords prevented the sword from being specifically categorized as either a one-handed or two-handed weapon hence the name ‘Bastard’.
Bilbo sword – a thrusting-sword, seems to take its name from its place of manufacture – Bilbao.
Braquemar sword – straight bladed but curved-edge.
Broadsword – The earliest of the Medieval swords from the 6th Century. The Broadsword had a two-edged blade measuring 2-3 inches wide at the base and tapering to a point. The length of the Broadsword ranged from 30 – 45 inches and weighed between 3 – 5 pounds.
Claymore (Scottish sword) – may refer two types of Scottish swords.
Two handed claymore – The average 2 handed claymore ran about 140 cm (55″) in overall length, with a 13″ (33 cm) grip, 42″ (107 cm) blade, and a weight of approximately 5.5 lb (2.5 kg).
One handed claymore – Basket-hilted claymore – It could be either single- or double-edged, typically weighed between 2 and 3 lbs (0.9 and 1.5 kg), with a fairly wide blade typically 30 to 35 inches (0.75–0.9 m) long. Used till 2WW by Scots and English officers.
Cruciform – A generic term for any sword which when inverted point downward will form the shapeof a crucifix.
Curtana (Cortana or Courtain) – meaning of name is “shortened sword”, used for a ceremonial type of sword.
Cutlass sword – is a short, broad sabre or slashing sword, with a straight or slightly curved blade sharpened on the cutting edge, and a hilt often featuring a solid cupped or basket shaped guard.
Cutting sword – These swords were at first used by early Medieval Knights and were also particularly favoured by the the Vikings. A slashing stroke would be used but this became ineffective against heavy body armour.
Curve Blade Swords – German curved Messer, Grossmessr and the Bohemian Dusask.
English Tuck (Estoc) Sword – Thrusting swords to penetrate armor. Estoc is the French word meaning thrust or point. Some Polish variants has more than 1,57metres it means 62″!
Executioner’s Sword – a sword designed specifically for decapitation of condemned criminals. These swords were intended for two-handed use, but were lacking a point, so that their overall length was typically that of a single-handed sword (ca. 80-90 cm). The quillions were quite short, and mainly straight, the pommel was often pear-shaped or faceted.
Falchion Sword – A Falchion sword was favoured by some Medieval Knights who had been on Crusade. This sword was similar to a heavy scimitar. The Medieval Falchion swords had a short, heavy blade with a single edge.
Flame-bladed sword – type of greatsword, When parrying with such a sword, unpleasant vibrations may be transmitted into the attacker’s blade. These vibrations caused the blades to slow contact with each other, as additional friction was encountered with each wave. Used in defence of important leaders by well-trained and experienced swordsmen, called Doppelsöldner (double mercenary) because they received double pay. It may have been the case that the wave-shaped edges were more useful for attacking the wooden shaft of an opponent’s pike, cutting off the tip and thus rendering the pike relatively harmless. It is not known if the undulating blades on these weapons imparts a significantly greater or lesser ability to cut, slice, or thrust against a human target.
Flamberge – flame bladed rapier.
Great Sword – The Great Swords were large two-handed swords. The length of the Great Swords ranged from from 50 to 72 inches, with a handle that measured 18 – 21 inches in additional length. Great Swords weighed between 6 – 10 pounds. The Great Sword featured an extended handle that allowed the blade to be used in two hands.
Hunting Sword – type of single-handed shortsword that was used during hunting parties. Possibly developed from German Hiebmesser. Used for finishing animals.
Hand and a Half Sword – also called a Long Sword or Bastard Sword.
Kriegsmesser is a large, curved, single-edged two-handed sword typically around the same length as the longsword or hand-and-a-half sword. They were popular in the 15th and 16th century Germany. The name literally translates from German to “War Knife.”
Malchus Sword – Single-Handed Sword.
Mameluke sword – cross-hilted, curved, scimitar-like sword historically derived from sabres used by Mamluk warriors of Ottoman Egypt from whom the sword derives its name. The Mameluke sword remains the ceremonial side arm for some units to this day. Used for example in US marine Corps and British Army.
Messer – German machete style of sword.
Mortuary Sword – sword used after 1625 by cavalry during the English Civil War. This two-edged sword sported a half-basket hilt with a straight blade some 90-105 cm long. Similar swords: Walloon Sword, Schiavona.
Pistol Sword – Edged weapons with built-in pistols were common in Eastern Europe. The flintlock axe pistol was a trademark Polish cavalry weapon from the 16th until the 18th century. Similar guns were made in Hungary and a multi-barreled version was invented in Germany. Axe pistols were also issued to the Swedish navy in the early 18th century.
Practice Sword – Wooden Swords or Batons were used for training as practice swords.
Rapier – rapier is a relatively slender, sharply pointed sword, used mainly for thrusting attacks, mainly in use in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Sabre – curved, single-edged blade and a rather large hand guard, covering the knuckles of the hand as well as the thumb and forefinger. Although sabres are typically thought of as curved-bladed slashing weapons, those used by the world’s heavy cavalry often had straight and even double-edged blades more suitable for thrusting. The length of sabres varied, and most were carried in a scabbard hanging from a shoulder belt known as a baldric or from a waist-mounted sword belt. Sabre may came may come from such Medieval European designs as the falchion, or the earlier scimitar. used as a cavalry weapon, but it gradually came to replace the various straight bladed cutting sword types on the battlefield.
Karabela – karabela was a type of Polish sabre (szabla). Perhaps one of the most famous types of that type of weapons, it became highly popular in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the 1670s. Most likely the name was coined after the Turkish terms Kara (dark) and belâ (curse).
Spadroon – a light sword with a straight blade of the cut and thrust type. The style became popular among military and naval officers in the 1790s.
Sax Sword (Hadseax, Sax, Seaxe, Scramaseax,Scramsax and Sachsum) – Old English means knife or cutting tool. In modern archeology (and further in this article), the term seax is used specifically for the typically large knives that were worn by men in the 5th to 11th century, in the region roughly enclosed by Ireland, Scandinavia and Northern Italy.
Scimitar – The scimitar was a type of sword most commonly associated with the Saracens in the Holy Land who fought against the Crusaders. Scimitars had a distinct curved blade ending with a sharp point.
Storta – Italian curved storta sword.
Yatagan – Turkish sword (which became known in other countries as the ‘Turkish sword’) used from the mid-16th to late 19th centuries. The yatagan was extensively used in Turkey and in areas under Turkish influence, such as the Balkans.
Types of Swords – Medieval swords in Europe
Fantasy Swords – List of famous swords in fantasy book series. Sword of Truth, Middle-Earth swords, Shannara swords, Narnia swords, Wheel of Time swords, Books of the Swords and many more.
Amber series by Roger Zelazny
Grayswandir: sword used by Corwin of Amber. Grayswandir is associated with the moon and the night.
Werewindle: sword used by Brand and later stolen from Brand’s son, Rinaldo, by Jert of Chaos. Werewindle is associated with the day.
Redwall series by Brian Jacques
The Sword of Martin the Warrior – wielded first by Martin the Warrior, then by all the champions of Redwall Abbey.
Shannara series by Terry Brooks
The Sword of Leah: a sword carried by the Leah family for generations, later given the ability to cut through magic.
The Sword of Shannara: a magical sword with the power to reveal the truth of any being or situation. It is forged from magic, is indestructible, and “can only be wielded by a true heir of Shannara.”
Steven Brust series
The Great Weapons are 17 swords and daggers created by the Serioli in order to kill the Gods for stealing their world. They absorb the souls of those they cut, though the wielder can choose to spare the souls rather than let them be destroyed. The weapons can also temporarily swallow the soul of their wielder to prevent his or her destruction. Each Great Weapon also has unique powers and properties.
Blackwand : a black longsword which has the ability to expel a lethal black beam. Morrolan e’Drien received it from Sethra Lavode during the events of The Lord of Castle Black. Its literal name is “Magical-Wand-for-Creating-Death-in-the-Form-of-a-Black-Sword.”
Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
The vorpal sword, which went “snicker-snack”. Vorpal swords have later been used in many role-playing games. Vorpal swords are known for their uncanny ability to sever heads, as compared to swords of sharpness, which merely cut off arms or legs.
David Gemmell series
The Swords of Night and Day : wielded by Olek Skilgannon ‘the Damned’ in White Wolf and The Swords of Night and Day. Powerful, yet inferior, copies of the Swords of Blood and Fire.
The Swords of Blood and Fire : twin swords wielded by Decado in The Swords of Night and Day, and by Boranius in White Wolf. The original swords from which the Swords of Night and Day were copied.
The Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind
Sword of Truth, wielded by Richard Rahl, a man of great inner strength who begins life as a simple forest guide. The sword has numerous powers, most notably that it rebels against being used on a target the wielder does not believe deserves to die, punishes its user after they have killed someone with it (especially someone who did not deserve to die), remembers the skills of its previous wielders, and if given to someone not worthy of the sword, will eventually transform them into a subhuman creature.
The Pastel City by M. John Harrison
The sword of Lord tegius-Cromis : “his plain long sword which, contrary to the fashion of the time, had no name.”
The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
Callandor: A powerful sa’angreal, also known as The Sword that is not a Sword resides in the Stone of Tear (heart of the stone)
Heron Mark Sword: Swords borne by blademasters. Some are Power-wrought blades of Aes Sedai make, and thus unbreakable. A majority are crafted of more mundane stuff.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Rhindon, the sword of Peter Pevensie.
Eternal Champion series by Michael Moorcock
Mournblade: Stormbringer’s twin, Elric’s cousin Yyrkoon’s sword.
Stormbringer: Elric’s sword. Stormbringer absorbs the souls of anyone it kills.
The Sword of the Dawn: Dorian Hawkmoon’s sword.
The Winter of the World by Michael Scott Rohan
Gorthawer: the black sword wielded by the mastersmith Elof.
Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
The Sword of Gryffindor: a sword in the Harry Potter series. Can be wielded only by a “True Gryffindor”. In the last book, it is revealed that it is goblin-made, and therefore, goblins take ownership of it. However, when a true Gryffindor arises, it comes out of the sorting hat. It is first pulled out by Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and then by Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and used to kill the last horcrux, Nagini the snake. The sword absorbs any substance that will strengthen it; for example, if immersed in poison, it gains the ability to poison its target, and rejects any substance that would damage or tarnish it.
Books of the Swords by Fred Saberhagen
The Twelve Swords of Power, each with a unique magic property, were forged by Vulcan and capriciously scattered across a world in which technology had been replaced by magic and the deities of classical antiquity returned.
Coinspinner : a sword which brings luck to its wielder but may desert him at any moment.
Doomgiver : the “sword of justice”, which turns any attack back on the attacker.
Dragonslicer : a sword which transcends dragons’ resistance to normal weapons (but does not protect the wielder in any way).
Farslayer : a sword which kills a named victim, regardless of distance, when it is thrown by its wielder… Who may, of course, become the next target.
Woundhealer : a sword which heals diseases and injuries and cannot be used as a weapon.
Mindsword : the “Sword of Glory” or “Skulltwister”, which inspires instant and fanatic loyalty to the wielder.
Shieldbreaker : a sword which destroys any weapon, including other Swords… but which cannot harm any creature not bearing a weapon, nor will it allow its wielder to use any other method than itself to attempt to attack another being, even if that being is unarmed.
Sightblinder : a sword which causes its wielder to be perceived by observers as someone they either fear or trust, giving the power of disguise but not the power of stealth.
Soulcutter : the “Tyrant’s Blade”, which imposes instant and unbreakable depression on anyone nearby—including the wielder.
Stonecutter : a sword which can cut through stone.
Townsaver : a sword which will protect the innocent from any number of attackers… But does not protect its wielder.
Wayfinder : a sword which leads the wielder to whatever he seeks… But by the most dangerous way.
Middle-earth swords by J. R. R. Tolkien
Narsil / Anduril: (Narsil was reforged into Andúril, Flame of the West) Elendil’s Sword in possession of Aragorn.
Orcrist: Goblin-cleaver, called “Biter” by the Goblins. Used by Thorin Oakenshield.
Ringil: sword owned by Fingolfin.
Sting: An Elven knife used as a sword by Bilbo, and later by Frodo Enchanted to glow when evil is near.
Anglachel: (later Gurthang) and Anguirel (both forged from a meteorite).
Herugrim: sword of Théoden.
Aranrúth: sword of the Elven King Thingol of Doriath in the First Age. After his death the sword was passed on to his descendants.
Gúthwinë : sword of Éomer.
Barrow-blades: daggers or short swords forged in Arnor in the early Third Age. They were found by the Hobbits in the barrow of a barrow-wight and given to them by Tom Bombadil.
Hadhafang: an uncanonical sword invented by the The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, used by Arwen and Elrond.
The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
Terminus Est: Carried by the protagonist, the Torturer Severian. Has liquid metal (mercury, referred to by its Latin name hydrargyrum) within the blade, making it hard to lift and giving more power on the downswing.
Centurion movie trailer. Centurion is upcoming movie from ancient Britain.
Roman soldiers fight for their lives behind enemy lines after their legion is decimated in a devastating guerrilla attack.
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Olga Kurylenko, Dominic West.
Centurion Release date: April 23, 2010.
We can enjoy Roman swords in action.
Centurion Movie Trailer
List of famous swords. Swords in legends and swords of famous owners.
Excalibur, Colada, Durendal, Honjo Masamune, Joyeuse, Sword of Damocles, Tizona, Galatine and many more.
Bhavani Talwar – the sword given by the goddess Bhavani to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, king of Maratha Empire.
Bruncvik’s Sword – legendary Czech sword, according a legend burried inside of St Charles Bridge in Prague.
Caladbolg – The sword used by the hero Fergus mac Róich in the Irish epic Táin Bó Cúailnge.
Chandrahas (“Moon-blade”) – in Hindu mythology, the sword given by the god Shiva to the ten-headed Ravana, king of Sri Lanka.
Colada – the secondary sword of El Cid.
Crocea Mors- used by Julius Caesar in a story told by Geoffrey of Monmouth.
Curtana – the sword of Holger Danske, vassal of Charlemagne; this sword is reputed to be made of the same steel as Durendal and Joyeuse.
Durendal – (or Durindana) the sword that belonged to Roland, nephew of Charlemagne and hero of the French epic The Song of Roland; it once belonged to Hector of Troy.
Excalibur (Caledfwlch,Caliburn, etc. see also Caladbolg above) – King Arthur’s sword, given to him by the Lady of the Lake; the sword itself as well as the scabbard were magical.
Galatine – The sword of Sir Gawain in the Arthurian legends.
Gram (in the Volsung Saga) or Balmung (sometimes in later traditions) – Sigurd.
Grus- the historical sword of Bolesław III Wrymouth, medieval prince of Poland.
Hauteclere – this sword that belonged to Olivier, another hero of The Song of Roland.
Heaven’s Will (The Will of Heaven,Thuan Thien,Thuận Thiên)The Sword Gods gave to Lê Lợi to help him fight the Chinese.
Honjo Masamune – The best weapon made by Japan’s master swordsmith, Masamune.
Hrunting – Unferð, associate of Beowulf.
Joyeuse – the sword of Charlemagne (Charles the Great), the famed Medieval king of the Franks and first emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
Kusanagi (Grasscutter / Sword of the Gathering Clouds of Heaven) – A sword of equivalent importance to Japan as the Excalibur is to Britain.
Legbiter – Viking King Magnus Barelegs’s sword.
Lobera – the sword of the king Saint Ferdinand III of Castile.
Morgelai – Bevis of Hampton’s sword in the Anglo-Norman/Middle English romance Bevis of Hampton.
The Sword in the Stone – King Arthur’s sword, placed by Merlin into a stone in a churchyard, which only the rightful king could remove. This sword is often identified with Excalibur (see above), but in some versions the Sword in the Stone is broken in a fight with King Pellinore.
The Sword of Damocles – mythical sword of decision.
The Sword of Goujian – The sword used by King Goujian of Yue.
The Sword of Attila, discovered by Attila the Hun through mysterious means.
Szczerbiec – The sword of Polish kings.
Tizona or Tizón – one of the two swords of El Cid.
Tyrfing – a cursed sword from the Tyrfing Cycle, which includes the Hervarar saga and parts of the Poetic Edda.
Zulfiqar (Thul fiqar) – The two-tipped sword of legendary companion of Muhammad, Ali.