A Knights Sword: Arming swords and longswords

The knights sword is the most popular style of medieval sword and comes in two primary configurations - the single handed "sword and shield" style arming sword and the later medieval hand and a half style longsword.

We have already looked at some of these blades under the $200 price point, so here we will look at the mid-tier price point - between $250 to $500 and see what, if anything, makes them a more worthwhile purchase if you have the funds to do so.

The Classic Knights Sword:
The Single Handed Arming Sword

The most common type of knights sword was probably the arming sword, also known simply as a "knightly" sword, and was a single handed sword usually used in combination with a shield or buckler (though it could be used without one as circumstances determined).

One of my personal favorites is the European sword by Windlass Steelcrafts.

It is a great example because it is so well tempered, handles well and is available for under $200.

Above this price point, the swords do not necessarily get better. Though many get beefier..

The sword reviewed next by the Hanwei forge is an example of a beefier blade - and does not do so well on light targets, but is sturdily constructed.

"Marshal broadsword"

Hanwei Forge

Price Range: $264-440

OVERVIEW: It's not a bad attempt, but this replica of William Marshal's sword just doesn't make the cut - any kind of cut.. Quite sturdy, but just not exciting enough considering what else is on the market at a similar (or much lower) price point. 

Click here for the full review

Other brands make a more refined fully functional replica knights sword that is better balanced between durability and handling.

Here's two of them from Darksword Armory..

The first sword is one of their earlier models - and is as tough as nails as you can clearly see from article below.

"Medieval Knight Sword"

Darksword Armory

Price Range: $409

OVERVIEW: The sword from my Darksword Test to Destruction review, this was my first Darksword Armory purchase and is still one of my favorite designs. Check out the pre-destruction review of this exceptional piece here.

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The second, also by Darksword Armory, is considerably more refined in all aspects and shows just how far this company has come over the years. But it still has the toughness and durability they have become famous for..

"Sovereign Sword"

Darksword Armoury

Price Range: $525-710

OVERVIEW: Incredibly fast in the hand and responsive, it is also extremely durable and looks stunning. Basically, the complete package.

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Towards the end of the medieval period, the Knights sword began to change, as did the techniques of using them, into what we today commonly call longswords - though the same basic design includes "bastard swords" and "hand and a half swords".

This was a knights sword designed to be used without a shield or buckler and for which there developed two main schools of use - the Italian and the German schools.

The techniques of wielding this swords are quite sophisticated (read more about the sword fighting schools here) - and as such, the best of these swords need to be well balanced, durable and fast in the hand.

Here is an example of a fairly average longsword. Good value, but it is possible to get better..

"15th Century Longsword"

Windlass Steelcrafts

Price Range: US$220-245

OVERVIEW: A well balanced sword that is a decent historical replica, though with a somewhat 'whippy' blade and there is some sloppiness of the intricate fittings close up. But overall a good sword for the price, just nothing exceptional.

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Michael "Tinker" Pearce

The next Knights sword is famous for its handling and blade dynamics, though due to popular demand can be hard to get a hold of..

The product of collaborative project with legendary sword maker, Michael "Tinker" Pearce and the Hanwei Forge.

These swords have a solid reputation and, for what you get, can be obtained for a very reasonable price..

"Tinker Longsword"

Hanwei Forge

Price Range: $249-465

OVERVIEW: Like it's close cousin the Tinker Bastard Sword, the Tinker Longsword had a somewhat troubled birth, which is a shame as it is actually a very well made and advanced high performance blade. Check out 'Shooter' Mike's review for the low down.

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"Tinker Bastard Sword"

Hanwei Forge

Price Range: $240-363

OVERVIEW: These simple looking swords are actually some of the most dynamic, advanced swords to ever be sold under the $300 price point. But they got off to a somewhat troubled start. However, despite a few minor shortcomings, are still exceptional value for money.

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Finally there are two more series of Knights sword that emphasize durability, cutting power and a sub $300 price point..

The first are by Ronin Katana, who have branched out from their focus on Dojo ready Katana to produce properly sharpened, ready to cut straight out of the box, medieval and Viking style swords..

"RK Euro Sword Triple Review"

Ronin Katana

Price Range: $249.99

OVERVIEW: In this hands on review we take a look at not one but three of the heavy duty "beater" style medieval swords by Ronin Katana. From humble beginnings, this line shows much promise, especially for those who like tough, no-nonsense swords.

Click here for the full review

The second line up are from Windlass Steelcrafts and called the "Battlecry" series.

While the blackened, stonewashed blades (done as a cost cutting measure instead of polishing them to keep the price down) may not appeal to everyone, they are eminently practical and well worth a serious look.

I hope this information on the medieval knights sword has been helpful. To return to Affordable Replicas of Medieval Swords from A Knights Sword: Arming Swords and Longswords, click here

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