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's Steel Longsword is the blunt steel trainer you are looking for. With the addition of large rings, yours hands will be safer than ever before! With sufficient flex for tournament fighting and edges that are thick enough to withstand moderate abuse (note that this is a blunt, NOT a heavy feder), this is a sword that will serve you well in training for years to come. South Coast Swords has several that have been used regularly for over a year, and students and instructors alike love their performance and handling. This longsword is sure to "steel" your heart away!
3 lbs, 12 oz ~
37 3/4 inches blade length
11 3/4 inches cross width
11 inches grip-able length
3 inches from cross point of balance
2 inches to 3/8 inches blade width taper (cross to tip)
50 inches overall length
Baltimore Knife & Sword
Baltimore Knife and Sword Federschwert
These come with a lifetime warranty against breakage provided by Baltimore Knife and Sword.
They are discounted as they got some rust on them, and are slow-er to sell at a higher price point. There is no known functional problem with these blades :)