Medieval Sword Making Supplies

Sword Making Supplies and sword parts are hard to find.

While a large variety of blank blades can be found at places such as Kult of Athena (they have a pretty extensive range actually, check out what is currently available here) the 'bits and pieces' like pommels, chapes, cross guards and other bits and pieces are not easy to find - and even harder is to determine if the sellers are RELIABLE and the end product actually useable...

To this end, a member of the SBG community Odingaard presented his personal list of sites where he sources his own sword making supplies from - I'm sure that you'll find what you are looking for, and if not, you are welcome to suggest other sites and resources that you have used yourself.


Here are a bunch of links for European sword DIYers. Pommels and guards seem to be the hardest to find. Please add any distributors you know of that aren't on the list. Please comment on your experience if you have dealt with one of these suppliers. I know threads like this have come up before, but I thought it would be helpful to have a lot of these links in one place. Please feel free to contribute.

Medieval Fight Club - Pommels
I just ordered a pommel from these guys. Good quality, even, centered.

American Fencers Supply - Armoury Parts
To see what the parts here look like, click the "swords" or "broadswords" link on the left and you can see the parts on one of their swords. There are a few gems here.

Viking Shields
Bronze fittings for Viking swords and scabbards. This one is familiar to a lot of us I reckon. I've bought from them twice. Good customer service.

Mercia Svieter (Europe)
Loads and loads of cast bronze chapes, lockets, buckles, strap distributors. I've handled some of their stuff and it's thick, a bit rough, but serviceable. I believe this is where Viking shield gets all their fittings.

Dietraumschiede (Europe)
Very nice looking chapes.

Medieval Wares
Lot's of pretty stuff: mounts, buckles, jewelry etc.

Jelling Dragon - Scabbards
Viking scabbard fittings.

Replikate (Europe)
There are some pretty nice chapes here- tab through the other periods etc to see more. Click the British flag for English. Took 6 weeks to deliver, worth the wait. Excellent quality. Not too thick walled, no grind marks, can't tell where the sprues were.



Exotic Wood Group
Handle scales/grip wood

Hagstoz - Bronze Wire

Tandy Leather Factory

Admiral Steel

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