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History of the most important S.F.T. Swords





SCOTISH BASKET HILT (ref.: 529)

The term "broadsword," while it has become a generic term for the European sword in general, is not really an accurate term when used in that way. The only "true" usage of the word "broadsword" is when it applies specifically to the Scottish basket-hilt weapon of the 17th and 18th C., when that specific term was in usage to that specific weapon (what some people also call a "claymore")

Early incarnations of the basket-hilt sword (right) was in many respects more effective than later models. The basket of steel bars does an excellent job of protecting the hand, yet does not add a great amount of weight. Well balanced, this is an excellent cut and thrust weapon.

This distinctive 1831 Highland Broadsword features a full basket steel handguard lined with red felt and topped with red tassel and double-etched blade. Complete with steel scabbard this sword measures 41" overall with a blade length of 32". It weighs 3.8 pounds.

This sword is Not Full Battle Ready. It has a high quality polished tempered stainless steel blade and can be sharpened. Ideal for display or stage use.




CLAYMORE (ref.: 519)

The Scottish Claymore was usually identified with the Scots as a symbol of pride and strength. The Claymore, or "Claidheamh-mor" (Great Sword) in Gaelic is a two handed broad sword utilized by the Scottish Highlander throughout several centuries. Used in the constant clan warfare and border fights with the English from 1500 t0 1650 and still in use as late as the Rebellion of 1745, the two-handed Claymore seems to be an offshoot of earlier broadswords as they were developed into great-swords.

It was said that the bearer of a Claymore needed no shield (how could he carry one, anyway?) because the reach of the sword provided its own protection. A favorite weapon of the fierce Highlanders of Scottland, the claymore was a fearsome presence on the battlerfield.

These beautiful two-handed swords are reproductions of the 16th century models. They feature the traditional angled quillions ending in quatrefoils along with massive pommels to balance the 39-inch tempered steel blades. Featuring polished steel hardware, any highlander would be proud to own one of these impressive weapons!




ESPADA CENTURION (ref.: 540)

"Dating back nearly 2,100 years this extraordinary blade represented the height of weaponry during Rome's barbaric fascination with gladiatorial combat. According to Methos, its short broader based blade made it lighter and easier to maneuver which was key strategy when the fighting wore on. "The longer the battle, the worse it was," he said. "I watched men so crippled with fatigue that they could barely lift their swords from the ground. When that happened it was, of course, their death knell." Methos salvaged the blade from the beheaded body of a fallen gladiator who had been left to the whims of the vultures. "Removing any article from a deal gladiator was vehemently forbidden and punishable by cruxifixcion," he said. "But his fate held such powerful symbolism for an Immortal. "

This style of sword is known as a gladius hispaniensis and dates from at least the early part of the first century BC. It was essentially a thrusting sword capable of rupturing mail.

This sword is an accurate reproduction of a first century AD Roman sword. This decorative Roman Sword (517) has a stainless steel blade with a bronze hilt. It is crafted by Swords from Toledo Spain. OVERALL: 28"




ESPADA CENTURION (ref.: 581)

The Vikings are known as great warriors. This reputation is based on what we know about their weapons and battle tactics. The Viking Age that began so fearsomely in the 800’s tapered off in the 12th century much to the relief of many Europeans. The Vikings were Nordic people -- Danes, Swedes and Norwegians -- who sometimes sailed out of Scandinavia in hundreds of longboats to loot and pillage coastal cities.

Laws of the late Viking period show that all free men were expected to own weapons, and magnates were expected to provide them for their men. The main offensive weapons were the spear, sword and battle-axe, although bows and arrows and other missiles were also used. Weapons were carried not just for battle, but also as symbols of their owners' status and wealth.

This beautiful SFT Viking sword measures 36.5 inches. The sword's blade is of quality high carbon steel and handle is solid bronze.




EXCALIBUR (ref.: 521-B-O)

"The Lady of the Lake — her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king!"

King Arthur's history and legend is intimately linked to the magic and mystery of this magnificent sword, "Excalibur." As Merlin the wizard proclaimed, only one shall be able to remove the sword from the stone, and he shall be king.

Arthur knelt in front of the stone and took the sword and beheld his destiny. He later took Excalibur to the cathedral and offered it at the holy altar. Arthur was anointed with the Sacred Oil and in the presence of all the common people whereas he solemnly swore to be a loyal king and to defend Truth and Justice all the days of his life.

The actual facts of King Arthur's life have been mixed through time and legend, yet the story of King Arthur, his noble Knights of the Round Table, and this legendary magic sword "Excalibur" remain popular and have great appeal to a vast and loyal audience today.




TEMPLAR SWORD (ref.: 516 y 517)

The Templar Order was established in 1118 to ensure the custody of the Holy places and to protect the pilgrimage routes. The order reached its maximun splendor on the XIII century.

The knights Templar considered themselves as knights of God, honour of the church and of chrisianity. Their lema was "NON NOBIS,DOMINE,NON NOBIS, SED TUO NOMINI DA GLORIAM" (Give Glory, Not for us, God, not for us, but for your name).

The Templars fought along side King Richard I (Richard The Lion Hearted) and other Crusaders in the battles for the Holy Lands. It was a very well organized military force and they were the clash forces in all the Crusades.

They were in the vanguard during the attack and in the rearguard during the retreat.

During a century, they ensured the effective government of the Latin kingdom of Constantinople. They did not pay taxes or tributes, they did only obey to the Pope and they had properties in all Europe and the Middle East




TIZONA DEL CID (ref.: 100-N-L y 100-C-L)

According to legend, Diáz de Vivar (El Cid) fought for Alfonso against the Moors, fought for the Moors against Alfonso, and conquered the Kingdom of Valencia for himself; he ruled there until his death in 1099.

Even his title, El Cid Campeador, reflects his conflicting loyalities: "El Cid" is a Moorish title of respect, from Arabic al sayyid "Lord"; "Campeador" is Spanish for "Champion". To this day, Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar is known as a hero of Christian Spain. El Cid was also a great war hero due to his excellent achievements in the the Reconquest of Spain . El Cid was a superior and extremely successful soldier of fortune who apparently never lost a battle.

This beautiful replica sword, features an ornate sword catcher and pommel and measures 39" in length and weighs 3.5 lbs.

DELUXE GOLD MEDIEVAL SWORD SERIES. Features polished steel blades that have a deeply etched design. Hand guards and pommels are gold-toned, and handles are wrapped with gold plated wire. All swords in this series have tempered stainless steel blades and CAN be sharpened.




Celtic Combat Sword (ref.: 576)

Dating back as early as 500 B.C., The Celtic peoples were one of the most brave, inspiring and exciting fighters in History, displaying great strength and fury. Their choice weapon in battle was a sword designed for close combat with it's flared leaf shaped blade featuring strong and deadly sharp edges. The two sharp edges made these swords good for slashing at the enemy, especially if the warrior was riding on a chariot. Such a design could be wielded quickly and with great power.

In respect of the Celts tradition and worship of the celestial heavens, this Celtic sword offers a solid brass hand poured crescent moon guard and pommel . Each 2.25"W x 19"L flared blade is hand forged of high carbon steel which replicates the materials as close as possible to the period.

This truly inspiring sword comes to us from the age of heroes. The anthropomorphic hilt and leaf shaped blade are similar to the swords that would have been used by Gaelic heroes like Cuchulain or Conn of the Hundred Battles.

The Celtic Combat sword has an overall length of 26.5" and possesses all the attributes required by the true Celtic warrior. A beautiful decorator sword, ready for display in home or office.




SPANISH RAPIER (ref.: 703)

Swept Hilt Rapiers trace their origins to early 17th century Europe, where swordplay with the Rapier was considered an essential part of a gentleman's education and was often used in resolving gentlemanly disagreements.

The decline of armor and the rise of the musket was simultaneous, and some would say a necessary precursor, for the rise of the rapier. The rapier depended almost entirely on the thrust for use, and would have been useless against an armored opponent. The almost wholesale abandonment of armor allowed for the rise of a sword devoted to thrusting. The rapier, although carried as a secondary weapon by almost all soldiery, was almost never used as a primary weapon throughout this period.

Blades generally originated in Toledo but were hilted by regional smiths, resulting in many different hilt styles and finishes.




TOLEDAN RAPIER (ref.: 704 y 704-CV)

Swept Hilt Rapiers trace their origins to early 17th century Europe, where swordplay with the Rapier was considered an essential part of a gentleman's education and was often used in resolving gentlemanly disagreements.

The decline of armor and the rise of the musket was simultaneous, and some would say a necessary precursor, for the rise of the rapier. The rapier depended almost entirely on the thrust for use, and would have been useless against an armored opponent. The almost wholesale abandonment of armor allowed for the rise of a sword devoted to thrusting. The rapier, although carried as a secondary weapon by almost all soldiery, was almost never used as a primary weapon throughout this period.

Blades generally originated in Toledo but were hilted by regional smiths, resulting in many different hilt styles and finishes.




COLADA DEL CID (ref.: 110-N-F)

According to legend, Diáz de Vivar (El Cid) fought for Alfonso against the Moors, fought for the Moors against Alfonso, and conquered the Kingdom of Valencia for himself; he ruled there until his death in 1099.

Even his title, El Cid Campeador, reflects his conflicting loyalities: "El Cid" is a Moorish title of respect, from Arabic al sayyid "Lord"; "Campeador" is Spanish for "Champion". To this day, Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar is known as a hero of Christian Spain. El Cid was also a great war hero due to his excellent acheivements in the the Reconquest of Spain . El Cid was a superior and extremely successful soldier of fortune who apparently never lost a battle.

This beautiful replica sword, with forward and reverse knuckle guards measures 38" in length and weighs 3.6 lbs.




RAPIERA BARROCA CALADA (ref.: 580-OV)

The cup hilt rapier made its appearance in the early 1650's in Spain, and enjoyed popularity in Spain and Southern Italy until the early 1700's. The rapier was often used with a second defensive weapon; daggers, bucklers, and cloaks were the most popular. While daggers were often decorated "en suite" with their companion rapier, it was by no means unusual to have a "mismatched" set of rapier and dagger. Much lighter than the broadsword of medieval times, the rapier brought about a whole new style of swordplay and a proliferation of fencing schools. The rapier marked the earliest beginnings of fencing as a sport.

A very well known sword from XVI century valued in all Europe and used by the brave Captains of the Flandes Corps and the courageous Conquerors of America.

This beautiful and intricately detailed Spanish style sword stands out due to its half-cup shape. It features a graceful and light blade, carefully tempered. The original version of this historically accurate replica can be admired in the most important Museums of the World. 45 inches in length.




SABLE FRANCES CHAMPAGNE (ref.: 549)

Similar to the U.S. Marine cutlass Napoleonic era cutlass was used by Pirates roaming the Spanish Main. Features 24.5" curved metal blade, simulated brass handle, leather scabbard with brass fittings.

" The cutlass was the hand to hand combat weapon used when all shots had been fired from smaller arms. Pirates were very pragmatic people and, in this, knew that a shot from a gun was better than a slash from a sword. Still, in the face of an empty firearm, the pirates were determined enough to use such larger cutlery as a means to the same end."

Many so-called pirates were really privateers. Privateers were privately commissioned crews, ordered by the monarchs of countries like England, France, and the Netherlands to raid and capture enemy ships. Documents would be given to the privateers from the king or queen making this legal, but only in times of official war with the target country. Pirates would capture and steal in war or peace. They were not commissioned by anyone, and therefore piracy, unlike privateering, was illegal. But since the supposed privateers often forged their documents, the line between the two was blurred.




CRISTOFORUS COLUMBUS (ref.: 553-O)

"A wonderful tribute to the Explorer Christopher Columbus." This replica from 1492 is a reproduction of an Officer's Sword from the fleet of Christopher Columbus. The blade(gold version) features a print of the 3 ship fleet that Columbus sailed in his discovery of America. The Santa Maria, Nina, and Pinta are shown in excellent detail on the highly polished double edged blade.
The handle is a royal cloth wrapped in bright gold wire.The pommel is Gold surrounding a dark silver raised mold of the seal of the Spanish Royal Navy.

This beautiful Columbus Sword is available in either old gold plated finish, , silver plated or gold finish (shown). This is the old gold plated version.

Toledo is famous for its historical character, its art and its steel. SFT inherits the testimony of the sword manufacturing traditions of Toledo Spain among the list of the most famous swordcutlers of its time. Their craftsmen have mastered the original art of the sword and create with modern materials the high quality pieces the market clearly identifies as; SFT PRODUCTS.

SABLE MASONICO (ref.: 571-PV)

The meaning of the masonic symbol -- Taken from the Masonic Information Center booklet

The Square symbolizes things of the earth, and it also symbolizes honor, integrity, truthfulness, and the other ways we should relate to this world and the people in it. The Compasses symbolize things of the spirit, and the importance of a good and well-developed spriritual life, and also the importance of self control - of keeping ourselves within bounds. The G stands for Geometry, the science which the ancients believed most revealed the glory of God and His works in the heavens, and it also stands for God, Who must be at the center of all our thoughts and of all our efforts. Perfect polish Stainless Steel Blade with black or red scabbard.

Throughout history, as an instrument of justice, truth, equality and firmness, swords have been used at every great event and have become imbued with great symbolism. For this reason, freemasons use swords in all their ceremonies. This beautiful MASONIC SWORD compiles many of the symbols used in the craft: the compass and square set, the plumb line and the hammer, the sacred book and the eye of the Supreme Being, and the five-pointed star inscribed in the capital "G" of the Great Architect. "WHAT YOU MAKE MAKES YOU"

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