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.
Arms & Armor
Arms & Armor Meyer Training Rapier / Rappier
Based on Original: The pieces illustrated inA Thorough Description of the Art of Combatpublished in 1570 by Joachim Meyer.
Overall Length: ~36.75"
Blade Length: 31"
Blade Width: 1.15"
Quillon Width: 10"
Grip Length: 3.5"
Balance Point: 3.6"
Weight: 2.5 lbs
This training sword is based on the pieces illustrated in A Thorough Description of the Art of Combat published in 1570 by Joachim Meyer. He was a cutler as well as a teacher of the sword creating this major work on swordplay, which had several printings. He covers several different types of weapons in this work and it is often looked at as an important work dealing in the weapons of the 16th C.
This rapier is of a simple form with a straight barrel turned cross, a single side ring and knuckle bow. It has a bulbous pommel and matching terminators on the arms of the guard. It is gripped with out the finger passing over the guard as can be seen in the manual illustration below. The hilt furniture is steel. The grip is bound with strands of twisted wire. The blade is made of 6150 steel and has a rectangular cross section similar to our side sword trainer. This sturdy blade will last for many hours of practice and sparring.
With a rawhide edge and linen faces, this buckler will provide you the protection and feedback that you crave. The boss fits a light glove, and the faceted nails give you that truly authentic feel. Pair it with a steel arming sword to complete the package.
3 lb, 2 oz
14 inches diameter
2 1/2 inches boss depth
5 inches boss width
Rawhide rim with linen covered wood core
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 Falkner 1459 Messer (Left Handed)
In Blackfencer's Falkner-style messer, the straight false edge and clipped long edge tip come together in a fun and distinctive blade shape. The sword maintains the balance and feeling of standard messers, making the selection of this weapon one of personal preference. This messer is designed specifically for left-handed fighters.