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Windlass Steelcrafts

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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  • Danish Hand Axe

    In the ranks of the Huscarls, the bodyguard of Scandinavian nobles and kings, axes of various sizes were a very popular weapon. The Huscarls often used the Danish axe with their left hand to attack the side of the enemy not protected by a shield. Pictures of the Danish axe can be found, for example, on the Bayeux Tapestry and date to the second half of the 11th century.

    Smaller beard axes such as this Danish hand axe had evolved from Francisca and served the Huscarls primarily as devastating throwing axes, but were also used in close combat. A distinctive feature is the relatively long blade cutting, which tapers sharply towards the shaft. The blade encloses the shaft made of wood and is riveted to it. The shaft is largely straight but is widened at the lower end towards the blade, which improves the handling discreetly.

    Length: 53cm
    Weight: 680g

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

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    Excl. Tax: £60.00 Incl. Tax: £72.00

  • Roman Maintz Gladius

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    This sword ("gladius" in Latin) found in Mainz, Germany and has a leaf-shaped, double-edged blade. It was as effective for cuts as it was for thrusts, which means it was the perfect sword for close combat.

    The light, faux ivory grip is characteristic of this type of gladius and the guard prevents your hand from slipping onto the blade after a strong thrust. The ample, ball-shaped pommel keeps your hand on the grip after strong cuts. A scabbard with ornamental brass applications comes with this Mainz type gladius.

    Total length: 70 cm
    Blade length: 50.5 cm
    Grip length: 9 cm
    Weight: 0.77 kg
    Blade thickness (base): 4.3 mm
    Blade width (base): 5.5 cm
    Point of Balance (PoB): 9 cm
    Blade: High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Threaded
    Scabbard: Wood, leather, brass

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

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    Excl. Tax: £163.33 Incl. Tax: £196.00

  • Nashville Plow Works Cavalry Sabre

    This fine sabre has a 1065 high carbon steel blade with full tang and is well tempered. Grip is black leather wrapped and twisted brass wire. A rare chance to own a unique piece of US wartime history. An authentic replica of the highest calibre. Prior to the Civil War Messrs.

    Sharp & Hamilton operated a farming implement company under the trade name of Nashville Plow Works. With the war looming, the owners converted their establishment into an armoury. The Nashville Plow Works continued operations until April 1, 1862, when the city was taken by Federal troops. This sword has a cast brass guard, with both CSA and Nashville Plow Works also cast in block letters on the underside of the guard. The pommel and back strap are of one piece and of brass. The scabbard is blackened steel with brass mounts. Made by Windlass Steelcrafts.

    Total length: 99 cm
    Blade length: 86.5 cm
    Grip length: 11.5 cm
    Weight: 860g
    Blade thickness (base): 4.4 mm
    Blade thickness (CoP): 4.2 mm
    Blade width (base): 2.9 cm
    Blade width (base): 2.4 cm
    Point of Balance (PoB): 9 cm
    Centre of Percussion (CoP): 26.5 cm
    Blade: High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Peened
    Scabbard: Steel, Brass

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

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    Excl. Tax: £149.17 Incl. Tax: £179.00

  • 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: £193.33 Incl. Tax: £232.00

  • English Privateer Cutlass

    This replica has a hand forged, high carbon steel blade and a solid brass guard. Leather scabbard with brass throat and tip.

    Total length: 77.5 cm
    Blade length: 64 cm
    Grip length: 8.5 cm
    Weight: 860g
    Blade thickness (base): 4.7 mm
    Blade width (base): 3.5 cm
    Point of Balance (PoB): 11 cm
    Scabbard: Leather

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

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    Excl. Tax: £126.67 Incl. Tax: £152.00

  • Roman Pompeii Gladius

    This sword ("gladius" in Latin) was found in Pompeii, Italy and has a straight, double-edged blade. It was as effective for cuts as it was for thrusts, which means it was the perfect sword for close combat.

    The entire hilt, including the grip, is made of selected hardwood: ash and maple, to be precise. The guard prevents your hand from slipping down the blade after a strong thrust. The ample, ball-shaped pommel keeps your hand on the grip after strong cuts. A scabbard with ornamental brass applications comes with this Pompeii type gladius.

    Total length: 69 cm
    Blade length: 51 cm 
    Grip length: 8.5 cm 
    Weight: 0.77 kg 
    Blade thickness (base): 4.2 mm 
    Blade width (base): 5.3 cm 
    Point of Balance (PoB): 10 cm
    Blade: High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Threaded
    Scabbard: Wood, Leather, Brass

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

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    Excl. Tax: £126.67 Incl. Tax: £152.00

  • US Navy Cutlass M1860

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    Starting in 1860, US Navy M1860 cutlasses were manufactured for the US Navy in Chicopee, MA. They continued to be used after the Civil War broke out. Our replica has the marks you would expect to see on an original: "USN DR 1862" and "AMESMFGCO CHICOPEE MASS" to show that the cutlass is military issue and who manufactured it.

    Heavily influenced by the sabre used by the French navy, our US Navy Cutlass M1860 is a replica of the model that replaced the M1841. The slightly curved blade has a wide fuller that ends in the area of the point where the broad backstops and the false edge begins. The blade geometry of the M1860 makes it extraordinarily light. Held in place by a riveted pommel and the full knuckle bow at the hand guard, the wooden grip of this naval cutlass is covered in leather and wrapped with twisted, golden wire. It includes a leather scabbard with a frog for holding the scabbard.

    Total length: 80 cm
    Blade length: 65.5 cm
    Grip length: 11 cm
    Weight: 0.86 kg
    Blade thickness (base): 4.3 mm
    Blade width (base): 3.1 cm
    Point of Balance (PoB): 11 cm
    Blade: High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Peened
    Scabbard: Leather, Wood, Brass

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

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    Excl. Tax: £126.67 Incl. Tax: £152.00

  • Merovingian Seax

    The seax (also called sax, seaxe, and hadseax) was the weapon of choice of Germanic tribes between the early Middle Ages and the Viking era. There are many variations with many different blade lengths: the Merovingian Seax was used as a tool as well as a weapon.

    Our lightweight broad seax has a distinctive blade form and its cutting edge is on the long side of the single-edged blade. A decorative lozenge pattern and stripes are etched into the blade on both sides. Brass studs in the wooden grip add to the decorative effect and also give you a better grip on this seax. The leather scabbard is riveted at the top and bottom and laces on one side.

    Total length: 48.5 cm
    Blade length: 33 cm
    Grip length: 8.5 cm
    Weight: 450 g
    Blade thickness (base): 0.32 cm
    Blade width (base): 4.1 cm
    Blade: High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Scabbard: Stitched Leather

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

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    Excl. Tax: £96.67 Incl. Tax: £116.00

  • Musketeer Rapier

    The musket, though the prime weapon of the French Musketeers, was a cumbersome firearm, both to load and fire. A good rapier was a necessary second weapon. Our Musketeer rapier is fashioned after those circa 1590.

    The basket hilt is ambidextrous and a very effective mix of both the cup-hilt and swept-hilt styles. The grip is wood wrapped with twisted wire and the parts of the hilt are plated with gleaming nickel silver.

    Total length: 117 cm
    Blade length: 96 cm
    Grip length: 10 cm
    Weight: 1.27 kg
    Blade thickness (base): 4.9 mm
    Blade thickness (CoP): 3.8 mm
    Blade width (base): 2.5 cm
    Blade width (CoP): 1.6 cm
    Point of Balance (PoB): 8 cm
    Centre of Percussion (CoP): 20 cm
    Blade: High Carbon Steel
    Edge: Blunt
    Pommel: Threaded
    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

  • 19th Century Firefighter's Axe

    Originally found at auction, Windlass Steelcrafts has lovingly recreated a beautiful 19th-century firefighter's axe - down to the blue paint of the sinuously curved hardwood shaft seen on the original. The high carbon steel head has a massive axe face and spike for breaching and prying. Not only functional, but this beauty can also be engraved on its wide surface and presented as a trophy to a firehouse or heroic firefighter.

    Overall: 88cm
    Axe Face: 23cm
    Spike: 13cm

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

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    Excl. Tax: £60.00 Incl. Tax: £72.00

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