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Windlass

The Knight Shop is a distributor for Windlass Steelcrafts and the premier retailer of Windlass Swords for sale in the UK.

Windlass Swords (Windlass Steelcrafts), are based in India and are one of the oldest sword manufacturers still in production.  They were established in 1943 to supply kukris to the British Army.

Over the decades they have expanded to become one of the largest suppliers of military swords in the world. They are also well known for making high quality licensed replicas of swords, armour and historical clothing seen in Hollywood movies.

Their swords are forged from high quality, high carbon steel and tempered with the most advanced heat treating process available. They are flexible, well balanced and lightweight making them ideal for practicing historical swordplay techniques.

Windlass Swords are durable and are either of threaded or peened construction with the tang forged as part of the blade. They are blunt and have a 1mm edge although sharpening service is available on these swords. 

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  • Classical Swept Hilt Rapier

    Exceptional not only for its exquisite beauty, this rapier is reproduced from an original in the collection of Hank Reinhardt. This sword shows off one of the more graceful and sublime designs from a period when no two swords were made exactly alike. (There were often tremendous differences between rapiers because of varying amounts of skill of the blade maker, the hilt maker, and the cutler who assembled them.) This particular swept-hilt design, which is truly a work-of-art, was in use for over a hundred years. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts, this light, fast and quick rapier uses a high carbon steel blade. Scabbard included. This weapon is featured in Deadly Duels.

    Total length: 114 cm
    Blade length: 93 cm
    Weight: 0.95 kg
    Blade thickness (base): 4.8 mm
    Blade width (base): 1.95 cm
    Point of Balance (PoB): 11 cm
    Blade: High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Peened
    Scabbard: Leather, Wood, Steel

    All sizes are approximate and may vary slightly from piece to piece.

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    Excl. Tax: £185.83 Incl. Tax: £223.00

  • German Longsword

    We call this elegant edged weapon a "German Longsword," but this type of blade was widely used in Europe during the Late Middle Ages. Its slender shape, acute point and lack of fuller predetermine this sword for use as a thrusting weapon against knightly plate armor. Wielding this blade with two hands greatly increased the probability of scoring a hit in the enemy's weak spot. Our German long sword features a hilt with a striking design: the meander incised in the crossguard is repeated in the pear-shaped pommel. The wooden grip is wrapped in smooth, brown leather for increased control and comfort.

    Our German Longsword comes with a brown leather scabbard including a mount and chape.

    Total length: 113 cm
    Blade length: 91.5 cm
    Grip length: 14.5 cm
    Weight: 1.59 kg
    Blade thickness (base): 4.8 mm
    Blade thickness (CoP): 3.8 mm
    Blade width (base): 5.1 cm
    Blade width (CoP): 3.7 cm
    Point of Balance (PoB): 12.5 cm
    Centre of Percussion (CoP): 29 cm
    Oakeshott type: XVa
    Blade: High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Peened
    Scabbard: Leather, Wood, Steel

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

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    Excl. Tax: £187.50 Incl. Tax: £225.00

  • Sword of Robin Hood

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    Our original Robin Hood sword is the licensed replica from "Robin Hood," the Universal Pictures movie directed by Ridley Scott. Made of hand forged carbon steel, this licensed Robin Hood sword is just like the sword in the movie – down to the smallest detail. The unusual hilt is a very special eye-catcher. The hardwood grip is set with decorative turquoise cabochons and the steel has been treated to look old. The inscription made famous in the movie is engraved on the steel surfaces at the sides: "Rise and rise again" or "Until lambs become lions." The octagonal pommel is riveted and decorated with the cross pattée favoured by crusaders. Our original Robin Hood sword includes a decorative shield with the Loxley family coat of arms that you can hang on the wall and use to display the sword.

    Total length: 101.5 cm
    Blade length: 84 cm
    Grip length: 11.5 cm
    Weight: 1.45 kg
    Blade thickness (base): 4.0 mm
    Blade thickness (CoP): 4.6 mm
    Blade width (base): 5.1 cm
    Blade width (CoP): 3.6 cm
    Point of Balance (PoB): 13 cm
    Centre of Percussion (CoP): 21 cm
    Oakeshott type: XI
    Blade: High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Peened
    ScabbardNot Included

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

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    Excl. Tax: £185.83 Incl. Tax: £223.00

  • Brandenburg Rapier

    This stunning rapier has an expertly crafted swept & twisted metal basket. The heavily carved horn grip mimics the elegantly twisted metal of the hilt and is hand wound and inset with a single steel accent wire that provides an excellent grip while duelling. Better yet was the aristocratic, dashing look it gave the wearer while rakishly hanging from the belt. Hand forged high carbon steel blade with flattened oval cross section. Extended, custom engraved ricasso for strength.

    Includes leather scabbard with twisted metal accents completing this magnificent and fast rapier.

    Overall Length: 112cm
    Blade Length: 95cm
    Blade Width: 2cm
    Blade Thickness: 0.5cm
    Weight: 1247g
    Grip Length: 9cm
    Material: 1065 High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

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    Excl. Tax: £195.83 Incl. Tax: £235.00

  • Bosworth Longsword

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    A beautifully proportioned weapon with dynamic handling qualities, it is a harmony of mass and dimension. With a long, semi-tapered diamond cross-section fitted to a round ergonomic pommel on a double-handed grip, this is a fine example of the perfection that was achieved in this popular design. Against any opposing arms or armour it was capable of quick deadly cuts as well as accurate and forceful thrusts. Aptly named for the bloody late 15th-century battle during the War of the Roses, the Bosworth is a fast and capable warsword adeptly able to execute the deadly “Mastercut” techniques so closely associated with double-handed blades of the period. With a slim handle that virtually begs to be gripped in the diverse and effective winding actions that this kind of sword ideally allowed, it features a surprisingly small heft for its size. This ebony-toned “queen of weapons” is perfectly suited to foot-combat in war, judicial duel or knightly challenge. This is a substantial and graceful weapon that will leave the wielder every confidence it could readily defend life if called upon. Discover with it just why this form of longsword was respected for centuries and celebrated against whatever it encountered.

    Overall Length: 120cm
    Blade Length: 92cm
    Blade Width: 4cm
    Weight: 1304g
    Point of Balance: 10cm Below Hilt
    Blade: 1065 High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Sharp
    Pommel: Peened
    Scabbard: Wood, Leather, Steel

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

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    Excl. Tax: £199.17 Incl. Tax: £239.00

  • Swept Hilt Rapier

    This swept hilt rapier was quite popular in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Our version is hand forged by the skilled artisans at Windlass Steelcrafts and has a blade of high carbon steel with a diamond cross-section. This gives the blade firmness, yet allowing it to be flexible in action. The all-steel guard and ornate pommel are accented with a real bleached, polished bone grip. Includes a full leather scabbard with steel throat and shoe.

    This was one of our most popular rapiers for a number of years and was retired years ago. We are proud to bring back this elegant sword by popular demand for a limited time as one of our Windlass Classics.

    NOTE: Bone is a natural product and may have slight variations from the photo shown, giving each handle a unique "one of a kind" finish.

    Overall Length: 111cm
    Blade Length: 98cm
    Blade Width: 2cm
    Weight: 964g
    Grip Length: 9.5cm
    Material: 1055 High Carbon Steel

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

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    Excl. Tax: £183.33 Incl. Tax: £220.00

  • English Two-Hand Sword

    Two handed swords were the scourge of late medieval battlefields. Due to their slender blades. these dreaded cutting weapons were also able to deliver well-placed thrusts. The wide crossguard with rounded finials has an elaborate langet and the solid, riveted fish tail pommel makes this English two handed sword extremely well-balanced. The relatively angular grip is wrapped with dark violet leather, which adds a special touch to its simple elegance. This edged weapon is a replica of sword number IV.1787 from the Royal Armories in the Tower of London.

    Total length: 145.5 cm
    Blade length: 112 cm
    Grip length: 25 cm
    Weight: 2.09 kg
    Blade thickness (base): 5 mm
    Blade thickness (CoP): 5.4 mm
    Blade width (base): 5.2 cm
    Blade width (CoP): 2.8 cm
    Point of Balance (PoB): 11 cm
    Centre of Percussion (CoP): 46 cm
    Oakeshott type: XVIIIb
    Blade: High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Peened
    Scabbard: Wood, Leather, Steel

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

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    Excl. Tax: £195.00 Incl. Tax: £234.00

  • Acre Crusader Broadsword

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    This medieval Acre Crusader Broadsword from Windlass Steelcrafts Battlecry collection is a formidable weapon of proven worth. This classic knightly sword was an idea for sword and shield or sword and buckler combat whether on foot or horseback. The Acre crusader sword is a stout and fearsome blade that takes advantage of its heft, width, and centre and gravity to deliver deadly slashing cuts and hacking blows as well as thrusts.

    With a wide cross-guard of over 8" it's no sword for the soft hearted or weak-spirited. Its practical cruciform hilt with single-hand grip and disc pommel was to be the functional model for countless other sword styles to follow.

    Overall Length: 100cm
    Blade Length: 83cm
    Blade Width: 5cm
    Weight: 1530g
    Grip Length: 16.5cm
    Point of Balance: 15cm 
    Blade: 1065 High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Sharp
    Pommel: Peened
    Scabbard: Leather, Wood, Steel

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece

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    Excl. Tax: £194.17 Incl. Tax: £233.00

  • The Eagle - Eagle Head Gladius

    This official gladius is a detail-rich replica of the eagle sword from the movie. Of tempered carbon steel, the blade tapers from the cross guard into a kind of waistline, widening again before the point. This style of blade was named after Mainz, Germany, its place of discovery, and is the highest quality variant of the Roman gladius. The leaf-shaped Mainz blade was sturdier, heaver and better balanced than the Pompeii and Hispanicum styles. Officers in particular were equipped with this kind of gladius.

    You can tell from the elaborate decoration of this gladius that this isn't a mere legionary sword. The finely crafted grip with decorative patterns ends seamlessly in the sculptural eagle head – by far the most distinctive feature on this exceptional sword. Covered with dark leather, the wooden scabbard boasts richly decorated metal plates. The relief on the chape shows a ruler surrounded by soldiers, and depicted on the throat is a legionary standing in front of a Roman temple. On the central plates there are classical Roman laurel vines completed by a laurel wreath insignia in the middle of the scabbard. A leather shoulder strap is attached with metal rings to the scabbard. All metal parts have been artificially antiqued to give the Eagle Head Gladius an especially battle-tested look.

    Total length: 76.3 cm
    Blade length: 50.3 cm
    Grip length: 11 cm
    Weight: 0.77 kg
    Blade thickness (base): 1.5 mm
    Blade width (base): 4.8 cm
    Point of Balance (PoB): 7.7 cm
    Blade: High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Intergrated
    ScabbardWood, Leather, Brass

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

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    Excl. Tax: £180.00 Incl. Tax: £216.00

  • Erbach Bastard Sword

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    Franz, Count of Erbach-Erbach was famous for his collection of antiques exhibited in his castle at the beginning of the 19th century and in his great hall he had an extensive collection of old German weapons. The original, from around 1480, of this German hand and a half sword was among the swords in his astonishing collection.

    During the 15th century armour had reached the peak of effectiveness. To combat this, an improved sword design was required. The Erbach sword is an excellent example of this class of swords. This Renaissance weapon can be assigned to the “Oakeshott Type XVIIIa without fuller” category. Well balanced, it could be used single handed, or with two hands to deliver a powerful blow or a deadly thrust. This sword features a very beautiful steel hilt as the crossguard twists toward its ends, which have the same twist as the pommel riveted firmly in its place. Leather sheath with steel fittings is included. Can be seen in Records Of The Medieval Sword by Ewart Oakeshott.

    Total Length: 109.5 cm
    Blade Length: 86 cm
    Width at Base: 5.7 cm
    Thickness at Base: 3.9 mm
    Weight: 1.38 kg

    All dimensions are approximate and may vary from piece to piece.

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