There are quite a few Conan the Barbarian Swords available on the internet these days. From cheap knock-offs to high end, licensed fully functional replicas costing thousands and everything in between,this guide has you covered.
For a start though, let's define the different Conan the Barbarian Swords as there are a few different designs to choose from.
There are basically three replicas from the original classic movies starring Arnold Schwarzenegger:
Below is a picture of each one.
While Valeria's Sword and the Fathers Sword (sometimes also called the 'Master Sword') are popular in their own right, the Atlantean sword is usually the first pick of anyone looking to start a collection of Conan the Barbarian Swords as it was the sword that Conan found in a tomb in the original Conan the Barbarian movie, and used it to great effect against all manner of enemies.
The original sword was designed by the late, great sword maker Jody Sampson - who also designed swords for many other movies, television series and for the theater - embellishing it with runes of his own creation and drawing on his own imagination and extensive experience in both knife and sword making.
But without a doubt, it is the Atlantean Sword that he is most fondly remembered for - and the one most frequently copied and imitated.
Most replica Conan the Barbarian Swords are extremely cheaply made from stainless steel with fragile, rat tail tangs attached to extremely heavy, unwieldy blades and are not suitable for anything other than display purposes.
And many of them, not even suitable for that - with loose or rusted fittings, major deviations from the original design and a cheap, rather ugly appearance.
All of these are unlicensed knock offs, usually made in Pakistan or China, and while cheap - for the most part are an utter waste of money.
However, there were some licensed replicas out there made by Marto of Spain which, while also made from stainless steel, were faithful recreations of the originals and priced at around the $300 mark.
Now-a-days however, the official license has been passed on to Windlass Steelcrafts - an Indian company well known for producing affordable, fully functional swords for both collectors and even armies around the world..
So let's take a look at those shall we?
As an officially licensed sword, the Atlantean Sword by Windlass Steelcrafts is an ornate, fully functional version of the sword Jody Sampson originally designed.
But, at around the same price as the decorative Marto sword was sold for, it is not going to be without a few minor problems here and there.
As THIS version is the current officially licensed version - let's take a little time out to examine it in more detail with a hands on review that first appeared in the March 2012 edition of our monthly newsletter, the Sword Buyers Digest.
So far we have some cheap replica Conan the Barbarian Swords that no serious collector should even really be giving a second look to, the discontinued Marto replicas - and then a step in the right direction with the officially licensed, fully functional replicas by Windlass Steelcrafts.
But the most discerning collectors know that the very best of the best replicas are made by Albion Swords from the ORIGINAL molds used to create the swords used in the movies by none other than Jody Sampson himself (after all, Jody became a full time employee and designer at Albion).
Yes, like any other version of this fantasy sword - it is extremely heavy and not very practical to wield unless you have muscles like Arnie. And like the Windlass version, it is unsharpened by default.
But no other version comes as close to being as beautiful and true to the Conan the Barbarian swords seen in the movie - though the $3200+ price tag and a wait time exceeding one year may put all but the most die hard collectors off - THIS is the version that true Conan fans dream about..
While outright copies of this sword without the official license are technically in violation of copyright - it is perfectly acceptable for artisans to use the design concepts and general style of the Conan the Barbarian Swords as a starting point to create their own works of art.
Brendan Olszowy from Fable Blades has done just that - making some one off designs of his own heavily inspired by Conan.
And then there is the clearly inspired by the Atlantean Sword the Warmonger by Darksword Armory - an original and fully functional design available right here at the SBG Sword Store that fills the gap between the Windlass and the Albion versions in many respects.
No doubt more swords will come about based on the originals over the years - and there is nothing wrong with this if it is purely inspirational. It is only when a company attempts an illegal copy that things get a bit questionable - and we strongly encourage sword buyers to avoid replicas that infringe copyright as in the long run, illegal knock offs are not good for anyone.
But as inspiration, well - that's actually not a bad thing at all and, as you can see from the three swords above, can result in some true works of functional sword art.
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