Based on: Mid-16th century, items depicted in manuals of the period and surviving examples.
Overall length: 32"
Blade Length: 25.8"
Blade Width: 1.6"
Nagel Height: ~2.75"
Grip Length: 5.7"
Balance Point: 3.75"
Weight: 1.49 lbs (675g)
A steel Dussack trainer has been a frequent request from our customers for some time. The form of this sword is based on the dussack trainers portrayed in German fencing treatises including Meyer's 1570 "The Art of Combat",but its handling mimics that of a sharp sword. Although period trainers were usually wood covered in leather, or whale-bone, this product permits much better sensitivity in the bind than synthetic, leather, or other training tools currently on the market. This elegantly simple piece is not only a joy to hold in the hand but should give long and steady service in the practice of the Dussack, an iconic piece in the german fencing traditions of the late medieval period.
It has a sturdy hand forged nagel that is hot peened to the blade providing protection for the hand. The wooden scale grips are glued and set with steel pins. The knuckle bow is enlarged to provide clearance for the heavy gauntlets allowing manipulation of the sword with little hindrance from safety equipment. The blade is flexible enough that it is safe for bouting with standard safety equipment. We especially recommend this product as a training tool for developing a nuanced understanding of this complex weapon.
Here is an excellent article about the history of the Dussack on HROARR.
Blackfencer Danzig Langes Messer (Left Handed)
Messer is fun. Messer with sharp sims is even more fun! The notches along the blade engage when paired with another sharp sim sword, and re-create the feeling of binding with sharp blades with a high level of accuracy. Many students at South Coast Swords pick these immediately when it's time for messer class.
1 lb, 13.5 oz
4 inch point of balance from center of cross
27 1/4 inch blade length
7 inch cross width
2 inch to 1 inch blade width taper
1/2 inch blade thickness
8 1/2 inch grip-able handle
36 3/4 inches overall length
Blackfencer Storta (Left Handed)
Love the look and feel of the messer's blade, but want a little more protection? The Storta is the choice for you! The larger nagel combined with knucklebow means that this sword is equally at home practicing messer technique as it is practicing dussack or cutlass. Truly multi-purpose and absolutely beautiful to look at, this is a classic sword will fulfill many of your training needs. This storta is designed specifically for left-handed fighters.
2 lbs, 4.2 oz
2 inches from cross point of balance
4 1/2 inches grip-able handle
2 inches to 3/4 inches blade width (cross to tip)
26 1/2 inches blade length
6 1/2 inches cross width
34 inches overall length
2 inch guard (nagel) height
2 inches to 2 1/2 inches guard to handle clearance