The Blackfencer Bastard sword offers something a little smaller in proportions than the normal longswords. The "hand and a half" length hilt combined with slightly shorter blade gives it a unique, yet very historical feeling in the hand. Be aware that fitting heavy HEMA gloves on this handle is a challenge, this sword is best used with minimal gloves.
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.