Most cheap medieval swords are, quite frankly, rather crappy..
The vast majority are overly heavy, made from stainless steel, have rat tail tangs and no medieval knight worth his salt would even give them a second glance.
But others, firmly under our sub $300 budget (most under $200), are truly quite amazing value for money..
Here we will look at the most affordable.
Medieval swords in general have a smaller market than, say, Japanese swords. So there is not enough demand to make the lower end very attractive to most sword makers..
In general, most cheap medieval swords priced under $100 are a total waste of time and money. Unless you don't care one ioata about historical accuracy and are looking for something to hang on the wall - and leave it there - you are going to be disappointed.
One maker, Deepeeka of India, at first glance offers some hope. MOST of their medieval swords are under $100 (just). Indeed, some of them - while not historically accurate - are at least historically plausible, and fulfil the role of a decent looking decorative sword without any problems.
Just don't try to use them, as for a start they are 2lbs too heavy and, well...
You might want to check the review and see for yourself..
At first glance, there doesn't seem to be much else there. Most medieval swords are either purely decorative and cost around $60 or rather specialist and closer to $1000 with not much in between..
But there is one last option, and it is a good one..
Windlass Steelcrafts of India have dominated the market for historically
accurate/plausible cheap medieval swords since the 1970s and are still extremely popular.
Indeed one of my favorite swords of all time is the Windlass European Sword - so much so that it used to be the sword pictured in the first generation SBG logo!
The primary reasons for their popularity is due both to their relatively low price but also the quality steel and tempering of the blades.
This is no surprise, Windlass Steelcrafts are the official sword making contractors to many of the world's military's (including the Gurkas and the USMC) and have for decades - their manufacture of medieval swords is simply a sideline business, but a profitable and robust one.
Probably the only real disadvantage to Windlass Steelcrafts is that they release and retire new swords so frequently that it can be hard to identify which new designs are winners and which ones are to be avoided. However, in recent years as the market has become more competitive, they have stepped up to the challenge and the number of good swords outweigh the bad, plus they have kept a handful of reliable models that they keep steadily in production.
So let us look at some reviews of those, starting with my personal favorite.
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