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Your source for the best in hand-made weapons and armor. This is the place for what's new. Check back often and be sure to check our list of in-stock items ready for immediate shipping. Also check our Muster page for special deals.
June 11th, 2013
New Items & New Prices!
Keep watch for additional new items as they appear over the next day to few days as we finalize some of the bits and make sure all is ready.
Also our new prices are now in effect. They are listed on the item pages. It has been over 5 years since our last increase in prices. There have been many changes in costs over that time. We strive to price our items fairly for our customers and have made many improvements to reduce the effect of increases in cost. Suppliers have changed, material costs have increased, surcharges applied, all adding up until it became necessary to adjust.
We hope our continued efforts to make great things for great people makes every purchase from A&A satisfying.
May 31st, 2013
A note to our customers, our long anticipated price increase will go into affect on Monday, June 3rd. We have gone to great lengths to maintain our prices, the last increase being over 5 years ago, but it has now become necessary to do so. There will also be some adjustments and changes to our website and some new things to look at and purchase. Thanks to all who have supported us with your patronage and friendship.
April 15th, 2013
This includes our newest edition, a lovely left handed saber based on a 17th Century original.
These discounts are good through noon Friday the 19th. Hope your spring is nicer than the one we have been experiencing in Minnesota.
Feb 14th, 2013
Our February Muster Page has some unique and interesting items. There are several large knives or Bauernwehr, a small knife with a bone handle, a custom side sword and an all steel version of our Medicic Falchion with blued and buffed detail.
Happy Valentines Day to all from A&A!
Nov 27th, 2012
#238 Grunwald Sword is now available for purchase. We have some of these in stock so they can be shipped right away. So if you need a bit of 14th century charm under the tree we can have it to you in time. Our sword takes its name from the Battle of Grunwald. Fought in 1410, this large battle between the forces of the Teutonic Knights and an alliance of Poland, Lithuania and eastern allies is an important moment in the history of this region.
We will have our Black Prince Friday, Nov 23rd, with 10% off any non custom order on that day and 15% off if you order a #034 Black Prince Sword!
On Keep It Local Saturday, Nov 24th, we invite you to visit the shop any time between 10am to 2pm. There will be some treats and refreshments. We will also be working on some projects so you can see how your items are crafted in our shop. Any orders placed during your visit allow you to choose your discount for the helmet of chance! Discounts will vary from 10 to 40% off.
Our Cyber Monday, Nov 26th, deal is a free copy of Sword in Hand by Ewart Oakeshott with any order over 250.00 in value placed on the 26th.
Plus a Free Sword Drawing-
Last but hardly least is the chance to win our new sword! Any order from today, Nov. 16th to 5 pm on Monday the 26th of November, will have a chance to win the first production model of our new #238 Grunwald Sword. A very elegant Type XIIIb from the later half of the 14th Century. We chose to name the blade after the Battle of Grunwald in 1410, a place and time where this sword may well have been part of the action.
Our current prices have not changed for several years. Our commitment to quality has finally started to conflict with cost increases at every level. While we refuse to adjust our quality it has come time where we are forced to increase our prices to maintain our commitment to the best products for our customers. We will continue to focus on quality and improving the experience of our customers in any way we can, but we also want to make sure we can continue serving you into the future. Prices will increase some time in late November or early December.
May 28th, 2012
Pole Hammer is ready to ship. A steel head and sturdy langets with a 16 gauge rondel for hand protection are all mounted to a strong ash haft.
The new exhibit at the Wallace Collection features some work from A&A in its Making the Renaissance Sword exhibit. Part of the excellent Noble Art of the Sword program which is open through mid September.
You can download a free ebook on the exhibit here Queen of Weapons iBook
April 15th, 2012
#129 English Buckler. This type of hand shield was used over an extended period of time in the middle ages. The recurved edge of our English Buckler gives the user a forward surface that can trap thrusts while giving a glancing surface to cuts received on the oblique. Whether medieval man at arms or Montague or Capulet this bit of kit is just what you need.
The Highlight price is $92.00 plus $20.00 shipping and handling.
March 4th, 2012
#005 War Hammer. This 15th century hammer is very impressive in the hand and is one of our most popular hand weapons. A great example of the type, this piece has a solid hammerhead with large back and top spike. The hammer face has a shorter spike in its center and a scalloped detail around its outer edge.
The Highlight price is $280.00 plus $32.00 shipping and handling.
See a review of this item at myArmoury.com's Hands-on Review
Februrary 8th, 2012
Highlight price is $150.00 with the normal $38 shipping and handling
While not Cupid's arrow, this would make a very impressive Valentine gift for that warrior how has won your heart!
Minnesota Originals online from TPT public television featuring Arms & Armor! Our segement starts at minute 13. Watch some of our work in progress and see why we love history.
When you look for a distinctive piece to be a focal point one can hardly do better than this exceptional sword. When one holds this Great Sword in your hand it truly brings the world of the large sword into your experience. At nearly five and a half feet in length and a grip of over a foot in length the power and majesty of this weapon is impressive. Its aged finish strikes a distinctive look and realy appeals to those that love the swords of the past as they have survived to us today. This one of a kind sword is a real prize for any collector or someone looking to make a tremendously bold statement with their display!
December 12th, 2011
Limited Edtion Schweizerdegen
Happy Holidays to everyone. We hope this finds you and yours well and happy.
Today we are introducing a new limited edition piece. The #8003 Schweizerdegen, a 15th century soldiers sword that was popular with all classes and saw service over multiple centuries. Our example is hilted in walnut and has hand made steel fittings. It handles beautifully and is a sword that would be quite handy in close quarters combat.
This is a piece we have planned for quite awhile but have just been so busy it has been a challenge to bring it forth, but now it is here! We hope that it meets the needs of some of those who love a handy sword on their belt.
November 8th, 2011
New Messer Trainer
November already! Oh my gosh this year has flown by. A&A has been very busy and we have been working hard to accomplish our goals. One of which is the introduction of our new #237 Messer Trainer! This steel training weapon is hand made in our shop. Based on original examples, the design for our trainer was modified to create a safe, very durable western martial arts tool.
We worked with instructors of messer combat to test this design and their feedback and critiques where used to make this the best trainer possible.
We hope that if you are looking for a training messer this is the answer you have been looking for.
Another bit of news is the return of the #129 English Buckler! These popular hand shields are back in our lineup and ready to be made for you.
Here is a link to an interview with the owner of Arms & Armor, Christopher Poor. Produced by a local freelance journalist who interviews interesting local people and businesses.
11/10/11- A new addition on our muster page! Left handed Messer Trainer Watch here for more info soon, we have new things coming up and will add them as soon as we can!
A link to some pictures of our shop taken by a local public TV show called Minnesota Originals, in preparation for a story they are doing about Arms & Armor and what we do. This is a great show that highlights the arts created by local people and groups.
July 6th, 2011
Bristol Renaissance Faire
Summer is here and the time to head to the Faire is upon us! We will have a variety of items at the Bristol Renaissance Faire booth for any who would like to visit us and handle some of our unique products and experience the happiness that an Arms & Armor sword can bring to your day!
Our excellent sales staff will be happy to show you any items that catch your fancy and answer your questions about our superb swords, wonderful weapons and other interesting items.
The first weekend this year will have a few one of a kind swords on the wall as well. These interesting pieces, just for our Bristol Faire customers, are some prototype and custom items we have had in the works.
Here are a couple of articles describing the Faire for any with an interest, See you there!
Time stands still at Bristol Renaissance Faire
Ye olde geeks: 6 reasons why the Bristol Renaissance Faire is better than Summerfest
March 29th, 2011
Battle of Towton Special
On this date, March 29th in 1461 the Battle of Towton occurred in the War of the Roses. In honor of this event we thought we would offer a great price on an impact weapon. Our German Flail is available for a few days at this special price of 298.00. This epic battle was a crucial engagement of this Medieval civil war and has been depicted in Shakespear's plays, modern movies and historical fiction. More info can be found about the battle field today and the very interesting archeology of the mass graves of those who did not survive the battle.
March 14th, 2011
March Highlight Item
Just the thing for those in need of a sword for spring, our Anglo-Saxon Sword. While the snow may still make it rough going on foot and our ships are still froze in, the thaw is near and one needs to be ready for the adventures of a new season. Whether you are patrolling the border or taking to the seas, this sword will make an excellent addition to your armoury.
This is a limited time highlight special.
We have a new item on the muster page as well. This is a nice longsword with a great action. It is very much the sword of a soldier and one that will make some young man-at-arms a very proud owner.
February 18th, 2011
New Limited Edtion Item
#8002 Fighting Axe Type L.
The fighting axes of the Nordic cultures where impressive weapons for their speed and agility. Created with a hardwood haft and forged head the warriors of the Viking era would have been fearsome opponents with such a weapon in hand.
January 24th, 2011
January Highlight Special
#214 Javelin or #227 Greek Javelin you can pick up some javelin fun on a special deal.
These are great pieces for all sorts of periods and they provide some real fun if you get some of the crew around for a target contest. You can check out some great suggestions for a variety of games here Javelin Games by Puck Curtis you also can add your own Amentum or lanyard to your Javelin with easy directions here. Please always remember safety first.
December 31, 2010
Happy New Year!
Hope your 2011 will be great! We have a bit of fun for you if you plan to see Season of the Witch with Nicholas Cage on January 7th.
Keep an eye out for any small knives in the film, they may be from A&A Inc.
December 24, 2010
New Sword from A&A! #236 Anglo-Saxon Sword
A new sword from A&A to get things started on a great 2011. This light and agile Viking era sword is very nice in the hand. The warriors of Wessex or a marauding Dane would all have been happy with such a sword in their scabbard.
Check it out here
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So if that Christmas money is burning a hole in your coin bag, give us a call or drop an E-mail and we will have a great sword inspired from the past on its way to you.
There are still some of the Small Knives left if your funds do not support a new sword. It is never to late to add a nice addition to your kit. All hand made from 1050 steel and hardwood with a touch of bronze here and there.
December 24, 2010
Seasons Greetings from Arms & Armor!Last Chance deal for Dec 24th!
Have you left that last gift too late, sitting in your pajamas and do not want to leave your house? We are here to help! Today only we have ten percent off on gift certificates for $50.00 or more! You can give us a call 800 745 7345 or drop an email and we can send the certificate back by email, you print it out and your shopping is done!.
Deal good Dec 24th till mid afternoon. Call 800 745 7345
E-mail to AA@armor.com Happy Holidays to all of our friends and customers. We hope this finds you well and in good spirits. This year part of our Christmas Special will be a great daily deal on a different item, for several days running. These will be announced each day on the Christmas Page
Christmas Highlight Special
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We want to express our thanks for all the great customers that have purchased a bit of history from Arms and Armor this year. You are truly an exceptional group of people and the reason we exsist! May your holiday be grand and full of joy and happiness.
Christmas Knives are back! Check out these great gifts and fun additions to your kit. All hand made from 1050 steel and hardwood with a touch of bronze here and there.
A great deal for that perfect gift!
As an additional benefit for the season we will have a Christmas deal on the excellent book #959 Sword in Hand by Ewart Oakeshott. In the personable style he was known for, Mr. Oakeshott recounts the story of the Medieval sword. This volume is full of high quality images and deep insight into the history of the sword and the cultures of medieval Europe.
Please have a safe and joyous holiday for you and yours. We look forward to hearing from all of you in the future. We hope you continue to find something that brings history alive for you; something that you feel is made just for you. That is our goal at Arms & Armor: to craft something you can get nowhere else and that you can be proud to have for as long as you aspire to own a piece of history.
Best of the season from Arms & Armor.
Clue: look for the holly leaves.
November 24th, 2010
Black Prince Friday
You can see a list of in stock items Here.
We look forward to talking with you when you make your purchase and if you live nearby stop by the shop for some extra treats!
November 15th, 2010
To start it all off, here is our November Highlight Special! It is a great deal on our Knightly Horseman's Axe, a classic hand weapon of the mounted knight of the high middle ages. Whether in battle or tournament this axe was incredibly effective against an armored opponent, mounted or on foot.
October 31st, 2010
We will often have ideas for new pieces or have the option to turn certain custom pieces into a small production run. This seemed like an exciting way to enhance what we can offer to our great customers. We will be creating these Limited edtion pieces from Arms & Armor from time to time and hope they are a new option to find the right piece for your collection.
This will be something we hope to do on a semiregular basis and have some fun items in the plans, so check back to see new things.
September 20th, 2010
September Dagger Highlight
Our newest Highlight Special is a great price on several of our Daggers. The pieces listed bellow will all be at the highlight price of 159.00 plus shipping. These daggers cover a wide time period and have a variety of styles. We hope they allow a lot of people to add to their kit and collections.
#130 Crusader Dagger
#062 Medici Dagger
#063 Tudor Dagger
#225 Knightly Dagger
#226 Chevalier Dagger
You can see all our daggers on the A&A Dagger Page.
With fall upon us, we are gearing up for some new and interesting things, so check back often. Have a good day!
September 2nd, 2010
Special Rapier on the Muster Page
A special rapier is available on our Muster Page. as the last production of our Elizabethan Rapier is done. We have added a customized blade and have an opportunity for one lucky customer to have this great piece in their collection.
August 2nd, 2010
Free Round Targe Offer
This months highlight deal is a bit different. We have our #045 Round Targe back in stock and thought we would celebrate by giving one away with each purchase of a sword or rapier. These sturdy shields are very popular for use in western martial arts practice and sparring. They are sixteen gauge steel spun to shape and mounted with a hard grip.
Fine print stuff-(Offer good on new orders)
July 13th, 2010
New Item from A&A
A great new 15th Century dagger, based on an original from the region of modern day Northern Italy. This would be a great addition to your kit for soldiers of the late 1400's through the mid years of the 16th Century. You can see similar daggers at the belt of many such fighting men in the gothic art of the period.
June 29th, 2010
July Highlight Items
The July highlight items are a special that we are quite excited about. We wanted to support our friends at
This exciting addition to the western martial arts library is something that many have been looking for and an excellent excuse to purchase a new weapon for your armoury. We thought what better way to do that than a special price on our #232 Italian Pole Hammer and our #217 Burgundian Poleaxe.
Also as the Fair season gets underway be sure to stop by the booth at The Bristol Renaissance Fair outside of Kenosha, Wisconsin or The Minnesota Renaissance Fair near Chaska in Minnesota. Putting our weapons in your hand is the best way to appreciate the great value of Arms & Armor craftsmanship.
April 16th, 2010
April Highlight Item
An April highlight item for anyone interested in the #034 Black Prince Sword. This is the prototypical Type XVa medieval sword. The combination of strong tapering point and fine edges make this sword an exceptional fighting sword. Such manuals as Fiore dei Liberi's Fior di Battaglia and Talhoffer's Fechtbuch illustrate this type of sword in the combat of the period.
This excellent sword is Highlight priced at $690.00 plus shipping.
March 19th, 2010
March Highlight Items
#062 Medici Dagger
#063 Tudor Dagger
#130 Crusader Dagger
#225 Knightly Dagger
We will be having a group Highlight this month. It will be a dagger, scabbard and shipping all included for 170.00 on any of our crosshilted daggers in stock. List above is currently in stock. These daggers are from a variety of styles and periods.
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Two Sgian (Medieval Irish Long Daggers)
A special muster for the holiday two Irish Sgian. Often depicted carried by the Irish Kerne or infantry man of the period, these large daggers are often seen in the depictions of Irish mercenaries and soldiers.
Have a great St. Patrick's Day from A&A Inc.
February 22nd, 2010
February Highlight Item
#213 Nordland Viking Axe. This style of axe was in active use over a long period of time from the late Roman period through to the Middle Ages. The stout axe head is mounted on a custom-made hickory haft.
This Nordic weapon is highlight priced at $57 (s/h 20.00).
Muster Page Update
We have a couple of Seax on the muster page, as well. Let your inner Anglo-Saxon out and get a broken back Seax for the spring thaw. These two hand made pieces are nice examples of this style of large knife. Whether one is on the hunt or in battle these large knives will serve you well.
Custom Section over the next few days so check back and see what has kept us busy this winter.
Be well from A&A Inc.
November 30th, 2009
Mini update 12/9/09
Christmas Knives !!
December Highlight Item
Happy Holidays to all from A&A. We hope your winter is going well and wanted to bring you our December Highlight Item the #014 Viking Spear. We hope this helps a bit for all those looking for a "stocking stuffer" for your favorite Viking.
New Items on Muster Page
Check out some new items on the Muster Page
October 26th, 2009
10% Off Special October 26th thru the 2nd of November
Whats in stock right now!
This discount applies to items on the Muster page as well!
October 12th, 2009
A great new item from our workshop. This is a nicely detailed pole hammer based on an original in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This piece originated out of a custom piece we made for a good customer and we liked it so much we decided to add a version to our line of items. Check it out here #232 Italian Pole Hammer and let us know what you think.
Also look for more updates in the next few days. We have been busy of late and want to catch up on showing some new items and interesting custom pieces we have finished.
As promised even more new stuff from A&A. #233 Montante Trainer
A training sword for the Iberian Montante or two-handed sword. This piece has been in development for quite some time as we worked closely with western martial artists who where working on the historical material and needed a solid sword for training that had the heft and strength to handle the historic system. This has turned out an exceptional sword. It feels light in the hand but has the strength to handle the exceptional forces a two handed sword generates.
And more new stuff from A&A! #234 Spadone Trainer
The Italian Bolognese school of fence inspired this trainer for use in such systems as Marozzo. This piece was developed with Steve Reich and Tom Leoni martial artists and priciples in the
August 13th, 2009
Well we seemed to have worked straight through July, so we find ourselves in August already. The summer seems to fly by doesn't it? The Renaissance Festivals have started and we want to invite everyone who is able to attend the Bristol show outside Kenosha WI and the Minnesota show to stop by the booth and visit with us and see our replicas first hand.
This weekend August, 22nd and 23rd, we will be having a special savings opportunity at the Bristol show. When you have decided what you would like to buy you will have a chance to get five, ten or fifteen percent off your purchase. So don't be shy and come on out to the fair and save.
We are working on plans for other savings opportunities at the fairs so watch the news for updates. We hope everyone is having a great summer and looking forward to seeing you at the show.
We have decide to continue the discounts this weekend at the Bristol Faire so stop by and save this weekend the 22nd and 23rd.
June 1st, 2009
June Highlight News
#216 Aunlaz $155.00 Highlight Price + $18.00 Shipping
#193 High Gothic Mace $275.00 Highlight Price + $28.00 Shipping
Don't forget that you can always check whats in stock ready to ship at any time on our In-stock Page. Have a great start to summer and we look forward to hearing from you soon.
May 14th, 2009
May Highlight Item
#219 Training Rapier. This sword is something we have been working on for quite some time and have put a great deal of research and testing into its development. We hope it is something that will enhance the practice of Western Martial Arts for our customers. There are several options available, including a specific #218 Side Sword Trainer so take a look at the page and let us know if you have any questions.
Muster Page this month. The first being a couple of knife and pick sets. The other items are a couple of Bec de Corbyns, slightly different from each other they are tests for a new item we are working on. Remember the muster pieces are all one of items.
April 20th, 2009
April Highlight Item
#227 Greek Javelin. This is a slim little leaf shaped bladed throwing weapon and will compliment our #214 Javelin very well. This will also be our Highlight item for April with a special price if you order more than one. If you order two or more #227 Greek Javelins the price will be 45.00 each.
The second item is the #222 Jian Chinese sword. This has been in development for a while and we have been excited to bring this to our customers who where looking for a high quality Jian for practice and training.
#215 Silvered Smallsword has returned. The detail is the same but a heavier silver plate finish is applied by a new provider and we are quite pleased with the results.
There will be some more additions to the website soon so check back often as we catch up on some of our updating and as always best wishes from A&A.
March 11th, 2009
Highlight Special for March
Whats in stock right now!
Its also good on the Muster items as well!!
February 3rd, 2009
The#203 Fechterspiel Sword and #204 Fechterspiel Sword - Training Grade are the highlight items for this month. These great trainers are used by many of the top Western Martial Arts Schools and Teachers around the world. While there are many good training tools used today for the WMA the steel trainer can not be bettered for the action of the fight. The steel on steel contact affects the speed and smoothness of the interaction between blades like no other material and allows one to work the fight the same way they trained in ages past.
#203 Fechterspiel Sword Highlight Price $435
#204 Fechterspiel Sword - Training Grade Highlight Price $398
Updated Muster Page Feb 11, 2009
December 31, 2008
Happy New Year from Arms & Armor!
Well as 2009 is about to burst upon us we thought we would wish everyone a Flailing New Year with a great price on either our classic Spiked Flail or our dashing German Flail. In fact if you would like to get both there is even a better deal.
#003 Spiked Flail Highlight Price $230
#144 German Flail Highlight Price $255
Purchase both flails for the great price of $470! plus shipping and handling.
We hope the New Year brings happiness and prosperity to all our friends and customers. So many of you have started as customers and become good friends over the years that we are always happy to hear from you. We look forward to talking with you soon and making you great things in 2009.
We also would like to feature a trio of custom swords at a special price on our muster page. These pieces where created with some blade shapes and hilt components that we had on hand and decided we would turn them into some one of a kind swords. These are all done in the style of historical originals but not based on just one historic sword. The details and handling all do mirror different examples from history.
December 4, 2008
Seasons Greetings from Arms & Armor!
Happy Holidays to all of our friends and customers. We hope this finds you well and in good spirits. This December we decided to do something out of the ordinary for a Christmas special. We have always admired the variety of items the medieval knife maker produced and the utility of their pieces. We took the many examples of these items that have been found along the Thames in London as inspiration to make a large group of small knives.
A reminder as well that you can save time shopping for some of your gift needs by just adding some of our fun items to your order. This of course leaves more time to shop for a new sword! We have some great things for any age group.
#961 Medieval Alliance is a fun game that incorporates learning about history with a Knightly quest in service to your King. The excellent book #959 Sword in Hand tells the story of the Medieval sword in the personable style of the great Ewart Oakeshott. This volume is full of high quality images and deep insight into the history of the sword and the cultures of medieval Europe. Also don't pass up our entertaining high-quality puppets: the gallant #962 Knight and ferocious #963 Dragon. They make excellent companions and inspire imagination and fantasy. Don't forget to add them to your Christmas purchases to make your gift giving complete.
Best of the season from Arms & Armor.
November 12th, 2008
The November News from Arms & Armor.
Well the snow is starting to fly a bit and its time for our Novemeber update. This month we are introducing an upgrade to one of our classic items. The #082 Schloss Erbach Sword has been in our line for quite a while and we have had a couple of versions of it over the years as we gained more information on the original. We decided it was time to take the step and replicate the original with a greater attention to details of the hilt left by the original swordsmith. The pommel and guard have been redone from scratch and the grip shape has been adjusted to mirror the original even more closely.
November Highlight Item Schloss Erbach Sword
As we have upgraded our Schloss Erbach sword we have decide to pass on a great savings to anyone interested in the earlier version. We have a few in stock and this would allow one to get an A&A longsword at a very good price.
Older style Schloss Erbach
Fall Muster page will continue to be updated and added to through the next month or so. Watch for special deals and one of a kind pieces. This might be a great place to watch for Christmas presents for those who need a piece of the middle ages on your gift list.
Also watch for some additions to the Custom Section of the website over the next few weeks as we detail some of the finished items that have been done since we last updated that section.
October 20th, 2008
Before the snow flies come to the Fall Muster, check out a variety of items at a special price. Over the year we accumulate some items that are not standard or have been left over after an order did not go through. Here we have them collected in one spot for those looking to replenish their gear after a long campaign season or add something unique to their collection.
So check out the Fall Muster page and we hope you find something you have to have.
Also check back soon as we will update the page frequently as the items are limited in number and we have some more things to add in the next few days.
We at A&A are very excited to add some unique pieces from the talented Samuel Haverkamp to our offerings. These incredible reproductions exceed the concept of reproduction creating incredibly detailed copies of these beautiful pieces. We rarely offer others makers work on our pages but we could not pass by the chance to work with Sam and bring things great pieces to you. Check them out in our Heritage section.
Here are two new medieval daggers from A&A. These are based on original pieces from the 15th C. Though the Knightly Dagger could be a century or two earlier in style. Check them out.
#225 Knightly Dagger
#226 Chevalier Dagger
June 2nd, 2008
#206 Spada da Zogho - Training Grade practice weapon. One of our very popular training weapons for the Western Martial Arts, this sword is used in many schools and groups around the world today. The use of steel training weapons has increased dramatically over the last few years and many martial artists view it as essential to fully understanding the systems they are training and researching.
The Highlight price is $335.00 plus the standard $32.00 shipping and handling.
The only other item this month is the announcement that we will have a price increase starting in July. We have made every effort to improve efficiencies and limit costs but it has come time to respond to the increases we have experienced since we last raised prices over two years ago. To soften the blow of this news we decided to give everyone a last opportunity to spend your incentive check and get a special deal. Thus a 5% off Sale on all orders placed between June 2nd and June 13th. This applies to all items except the Highlight Item above. We hope any one saving for a purchase is helped by this special price and look forward to making you a great piece from Arms & Armor.
May 1st, 2008
The Carolingian era saw this weapon rise to prominence as troops where armed with this type of spear as their main offensive weapon. Its effectiveness continued to be recognized overtime as it would not have been out of place in the Norman conquest of Briton or the spears illustrated in the art of the Renaissance.
Note 5/15: The spears we had on hand for this highlight item have all been sold. This special turned out to be more popular than anticipated. We are not able to ship any further orders right away but we will happily take orders for this item at this price until the Highlight Item changes.
The Highlight price is $125.00 plus the standard $36.00 shipping and handling.
We also have a bit of fun for May with an offer that will tempt as the month goes on!
A one of a kind sword designed along the lines of a mid 14th C. "Grete Swerde". This sword started out as we explored some of the dynamics exhibited by the longswords of the early Liechtenauer combat tradition. This piece was made as a test bed for some experiments in weight and balance. The sword has been adjusted several times to see how the alteration of elements affected the performance. The last alterations we felt could not be much improved upon and decided to finish the sword. The hilt is done with a straight guard and wheel pommel with incised lines running around the circumference.
Overall Length: 46.5"; Blade Length: 36"; Grip Length: 8"
Weight: 3.3 Lbs; Balance Point: 3 5/8" in front of guard
There are a few items still left in the muster pile so we thought we would leave the page up a bit longer, if anything appeals to you just let us know. Spring Muster
You might think that is it but there is still more to come so stay tuned ...
May brings a new item from Arms and Armor, the #217 Burgundian Poleaxe. The first prototype batch of three are finished and ready for sale. This classic poleaxe is a fighting man's weapon being unadorned with decoration but elegant in shape and feel. The stout blade and fearsome back spike would cause any Knight in the list to take note. The steel head with langets is mounted on a hardwood haft.
March 28th, 2008
So check out the Spring Muster page and we hope you find something you have to have.
February 21st, 2008
#045 Round Targe our most popular of our bucklers for the Western Martial Arts practioners and those doing reenactment. This targe can be used for several different styles of combat and covers a broad range of time periods making it an excellent choice for an all around off-hand shield.
Highlight Price $56 + $20 shipping and handling
We would also like to announce a new dagger the
Aunlaz is a term used for a short dagger carried by English Infantry in the 14th Century. This dagger is based on one attributed by the Royal Armouries to the 14th C and possibly English so it seemed very appropriate. This dagger style is depicted in art and example from the early medieval period right through to the 16th C. this is a classic weapon of the medieval soldier.
We also wanted to thank all you visited with us at
January 7th, 2008
Happy New Year! #213 Nordland Viking Axe. This style of axe was in active use over a long period of time from the late Roman period through to the Middle Ages. The stout axe head is mounted on a custom-made hickory shaft.
Highlight Price $56 + $20 shipping and handling
While 2007 was an exciting year for A&A, it feels good to be starting a new year with lots of opportunities. We have much in the works but our main commitment for the beginning of the year is to keep our accelerated production schedule intact and improve our delivery times. This will mean more items with less waiting for all our customers. As the year develops look for some new items to make an appearance and some old favorites to get make overs.
Have a great 2008 from A&A
December 9th, 2007
Happy Holidays to All! #048 1580 Parrying Dagger. The hilt components of this dagger were molded directly from the original piece. The ribbed detail on the pommel and dished finals are classic design elements from the end of the 16th Century. A great compliment to swords and rapiers of the period this dagger has been one of our most popular parrying daggers for many years.
Highlight Price $198 + $16 shipping and handling
Best Wishes for the Holiday Season from A&A Inc.
November 1st, 2007
Arms & Armor's #036 Knightly Riding Sword is our special this month. This sword feels so good in your hand, it will often sell itself when someone picks it up. It has long been noted for its excellent handling ability and great cutting qualities. Based on a fine early 16th century original in the Wallace Collection in London our Knightly Riding Sword is a great example of the single handed medieval sword.
Several of our customers who practice cutting from horseback have recommended this sword for its excellence in this activity.
Overall length: 38"; Blade: 31.5" x 1.75"
Highlight price $480 + $28 shipping and handling
2007 has been a challenging and exciting year so far for Arms & Armor. You can see some of our items made the big screen and we contimue to work with museums and productions around the world.
You can find out more and check out the links to many of these types of projects that Arms & Armor is involved in on our newly updated Exhibitions and Productions page of the website.
As a last note we would like to give a heads up that we will have an upcoming price increase in the near future. The date has not been set for this as yet but our material and service costs have continued to rise and while we strive to hold our in shop costs steady the cost to make and send our items has increased since our last price increase in 2005.
August 27th, 2007
The end of the summer is our busiest time of the year. Due to a heavy workload and a desire to not impede the backlog of orders, we have been unable to do the highlight item for a period of time. As soon as we are able to bring things back to a reasonable level we will have our highlight item up and running.
Best from A&A Inc.
May 5, 2007
This type of axe is first mentioned in 1501 and is referenced as an "old Scottish batale ax of Lochaber fasoun" (The Scottish National Dictionary, Grant W. editor, Edinburgh). Our clients wanted something that would fit in with the earliest days of this type of weapon and be as economical as possible for their members to acquire.
The head is approximately 14" long and 5" wide including sockets. This weapon style could be mounted on a long shaft 6 foot or longer or on something in the 3 to 4 foot range as a hand weapon. The head is roughly formed with riveted sockets and left black from the quenching of the cutting edge. This is a piece designed to have individual character and will each be slightly different.
The Highlight price has a few options:
Head only $125.00 with $18 shipping and handling
Mounted on ash pole $165.00 with $45 shipping and handling
April 16, 2007
#034 Black Prince Sword. A medieval sword with a sharply tapering blade is seen in many of the long sword manuals of the period. This long sword is truly an excellent fighting weapon and an example of the exceptional qualities that the fighting man of the 15th century was looking for in a weapon.
This is one of our more popular swords and is a favorite of many who collect swords from Arms & Armor.
The Highlight price is $590.00 plus the standard $28.00 shipping and handling.
In other news this month, A&A will be having a modest price increase sometime in June. The current prices have reached a point where they do not cover many of the cost increases we have received from suppliers and services. We work hard to keep our items priced at a level we feel is a great value and resist increasing our prices to often but we are afraid the time has come for such an increase.
March 8, 2007
#063 Tudor Dagger. This classic medieval fighting dagger of the 15th and 16th centuries has a sharply tapering blade making it effective in the thrust and the cut. This style of knife can be seen in the art of the period as well as many examples in museums.
The Highlight price is $130.00 plus the standard $16.00 shipping and handling.
February 16, 2007
Iberian Mace is simple in design but when in your hand it is almost impossible to avoid swinging it about to and fro. Its steel head is mounted on an ash haft and set with a wedge and rivet. We recommend opening the box it arrives in, either outside or in the garage. Appropriate targets will be more plentiful than the living room where innocent furniture may be victimized.
Overall length: 23.75"; Head length: 5.125"
Highlight price $99.00 + $28 shipping and handling
January 8, 2007
#075 Henry V Sword.
The sword of a king, Ewart Oakeshott called this the archetype of the medieval sword. This Type XV sword is an exceptional cutting sword light and fast with great control. This month our highlight item will bring an exceptional sword to your collection. The classic lines of this weapon leave little doubt in its deadly efficiency. Many of our customers say this is their favorite cutting sword.
The original sword is dated prior to 1422 (Henry's Burial) and is now in Westminster Abbey, England. We've marked it down from $545 to its Highlight Price of $480.00 + $28 shipping and handling
December 8, 2006
Seasons Greetings from Arms & Armor!
Best wishes of the season to all of our friends and customers. We hope this finds you well and in good spirits. We are happy to announce some new items and improvements to old favorites this month.
The #215 Silvered Smallsword leads the way as we introduce this new item. We have really captured the essence of these deadly swords in this replica. Light and fast, it has been an instant hit with the western martial artists who have seen it.
In the case of the #078 German Branch Sword it is a complete redo of the sword. When we first made this piece we worked from pictures we took when visiting the Tower of London and published dimensions. The dimensions were in fact incorrect so our replica was scaled down from the original. The next time we saw the piece we realized our mistake but it was already in production. Our intention was to redo the sword but seemed to always be the next project to do. Well we finally have redone the piece and now include the gold finish and it has turned out very well.
#075 Henry V Sword. We have had many requests for this piece with the hollow-ground blade seen on the antique so we now offer this as an option by ordering the #210 Henry V Sword hollow-ground version.
#961 Medieval Alliance and makes a great gift for someone with some interest in the Middle Ages. Then we have two high-quality puppets: #962 Knight and #963 Dragon. They make excellent companions and inspire imagination. Don't forget to add them to your Christmas purchases and why not buy yourself a sword as well?
new item to the custom section and the #959 Sword in Hand by Ewart Oakeshott book comes with a new dust jacket. This, by the way, is an exceptional gift for anyone who likes swords from young adults to full-fledged sword collectors.
December 3, 2006
#215 Silvered Smallsword. This is a brand-new item introduced just this month. To celebrate its launch, we have decided to make it our highlight item this month. It is based on an original smallsword found in the Oakeshott Collection.
We're taking off $30 to make the Highlight price $620.00 plus the standard $28.00 shipping and handling.
November 2, 2006
#014 Viking Spear. This fighting spear of the Viking age is based on a 10th Century Scandinavian original. The sharply tapering head is approximately 15" long. This style of spear was effective as a throwing weapon but would have been used most often as a cut and thrust piece in hand-to-hand combat. From the northern seas of the Atlantic to the Norman raids in Southern Italy to the Varangian Guard in Constantinople this was a weapon used by some of the fiercest warriors in the Western World.
The Highlight price is $125.00 plus the standard $36.00 shipping and handling.
October 9, 2006
#086 Duke of Urbino Sword. This classic medieval sword with a sharply tapering blade is effective in the thrust and the cut. This style of sword is prevalent in the art of southern Europe from the 13th century to the Renaissance.
The Highlight price is $490.00 plus the standard $28.00 shipping and handling. This is a savings of $55!
September 8, 2006
The Javelin is priced at $46 apiece as a special introductory price and shipping is $15 for up to three Javelins, plus an additional $2 each after that.
August 20, 2006
In the last decade, the practice of western martial arts has taken huge leaps forward in the quality of research and our understanding of the period manuals. Those of us who were doing research prior to that time remember how difficult it was to track down a manual or even find someone to discuss it with who was knowledgeable about the subject. Today that is changed as we have conferences and workshops around the country every year, many schools and clubs training actively in the period styles and researchers working hard to find lost material and interpret that material we do have to its fullest.
At Arms & Armor we have always been involved in this research as it speaks directly to making a better, more authentic product. We also are truly interested in practice of the western martial arts ourselves. As we have done this, it became apparent that authentically-styled practice weapons were needed and that working in conjunction with some of the more advanced practitioners of period combat we could develop the best tools for that purpose. You can see the results in our Training Weapons section of the Website.
New Item: #207 Scholar's Sword
Fight Safe... from A&A!
August 2, 2006
The Sword in Hand is normally $60.00, but we have it marked it down to $40.00 plus $8.00 shipping/handling for August's Highlight Item price.
July 8, 2006
This popular dagger is priced at $215 (marked down from $245) for the month of July. When the fall tournament season arrives make sure you have a new dagger to make the right impression.
July 6, 2006
We start the month with a bit of a setback at A&A. Our stock scabbard maker has fallen on hard times and we are currently out of any of our leather scabbards for swords and daggers. We are working to quickly fill the gap but as of this time we are unable to fill any scabbard orders and are not sure when we will be able to in the future. If you have a scabbard on order all ready the item will be sent as soon as possible.
July is also the start of the Bristol Renaissance Fair outside of Kenosha WI. If you are from the area or traveling through please stop at our both at the end of Shakespeares Meadow and see our wears. We look forward to seeing you there.
June 7, 2006
This has been a busy spring for us in the shop!
April started with creating several hangers for a production at The Globe Theatre in London. Then it was all hands to the forge as we crafted nine sets of breast and back plates with cabasset helmets for the sailors of the
We are a bit backlogged on some pieces but have been working hard to catch up with things. We are happy to begin introducing some of our new items and over the next few weeks and months you will see several new things from Arms & Armor.
These are the Mark 1 versions of this item, the regular stock axe (available in a few weeks) will look like this item but with a few tweaks to the finished piece. There are a limited number of these axes available.
Overall length: 19"; Cutting edge: 4.5" long
This axe can ship today with a highlight price of $45.00 and $20.00 shipping and handling.
May 4, 2006
The Highlight price is marked down $10 and is now $55.00 plus the standard shipping and handling!
April 6, 2006
The snow has finally melted away in Minnesota and we are having a busy spring at Arms & Armor. We are looking forward to a great year and have several new things in the works that we will be unveiling in the next few months. Look for a sneak peak or two in May and June.
Exhibitions and Productions page. See where some of our products have been seen on display and used in performance. We always enjoy supporting those who exhibit, perform and teach about our past and its importance to us today. If you can bring a spark of authenticity and realism to the representation of weapons and armor in the modern world it increases the publics understanding and makes the context of their use pertinent to our lives today.
The new items we would like to introduce today are the perfect compliment for the Elizabethan man about town who is looking to spice up their appearance.
April 3, 2006
#058 Classic Medieval Dagger or the #130 Crusader Dagger.
Each is priced at $135 (marked down from $160) for the month of April. What says spring more than a new dagger? They also make an excellent graduation present for that tough to buy for niece or nephew.
March 2, 2006
January 30, 2006
January has been busy at the shop with several commissions for pole arms. Several of these have been added to our custom gallery. European pole arms provide as much diversity as any weapon type in the world. In many cases there are so many examples that it may be impossible to catalog all the variations of a type.
We will be listing a Highlight Item from our line approximately each month. This item will have a reduced price for a limited time. We plan to have each highlighted piece in stock at the beginning of the special price period. This will help those sword lovers who wish to full fill their need for instant gratification.
The first Highlight Item is: The #082 Schloss Erbach Arming Sword. This is a classic German long sword with excellent handling characteristics and lots of presence in the hand. The Highlight price is $560.00 plus the standard $36.00 shipping and handling.
We have added a list of In-Stock Items Ready for Immediate Shipping.
December 7, 2005
Happy Holidays from Arms & Armor
Here is a list of our new items:
Spada da Zogho #205: A "practice sword" for the western martial artist with an Italian design to the hilt and with a tapered blade.
The Lombardy Rapier #211: From the birthplace of the great Italian masters of the rapier this rapier is a classic swept hilt from the North of Italy.
Serenissima #212 Rapier: An early 16th century sword of the Venetian Republic, ready to conquer the known world or defend the Republic against all threats.
Best to all and may the season bring you joy.
From the gang at Arms & Armor
September 1, 2005
Welcome to the new Arms & Armor website.
We hope you find something that brings history alive for you; something that you feel is made just for you. That is in fact our goal at Arms & Armor: to craft something you can get nowhere else and that you can be proud to own for as long as you aspire to own a piece of history.
#203 Fechterspiel Sword. Fechterspiel translates from German as "assault of arms". We thought this an apt name for this Western Martial Arts training sword. It has some of the same attributes as our #187 Fechtbuch Sword but is lighter and better suited for unarmoured combat.
custom section that are both recent completions and things we completed some time ago but are still quite proud of. So please check out this section, as well as all the others, as many of the photos have been updated throughout the site.
custom scabbards. These have always been available from Arms & Armor but the desire for period construction in scabbards has grown immensely in the past few years and we have had many requests for pictures of our pieces.
To redo a site of this size from top to bottom is a big project and we hope that you enjoy viewing it as much as the old site. There are several things that will be added in the next few weeks so check back often.
A note of great thanks needs to be mentioned to Nathan Robinson for his excellent work and great ideas. We would not have been able to accomplish this without him.
Best to all from the guys at Arms & Armor.