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 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.
1 lb 15.3 oz
4 inches from cross point of balance
7 1/4 inch cross width
8 1/4 inch grip-able handle
27 3/4 inch blade length
2 1/4 inches blade to 1/2 inches (cross to tip)
37 1/2 inch over all length
approx 1/2 inch thickness
1 1/2 inch ring (nagel) height
Arms & Armor
Based on original: 14th C, Kölnisches Stadtmuseum.
Overall length: 17.25"
Blade length: 12.3"
Blade width 1"
Grip length: 3.5"
Guard width: 3"
Weight .9 lbs
A dark hardwood grip accents the deadly steel of this stout knife. A piece that would have been contemporary with rondel daggers, this messer would have been the equal to any in knightly hand to hand combat. Strong enough to use as a lever against an armored opponent it could also slice with deadly intent when meeting a softer target than armor.
A solid steel butt and stout guard offer a feeling of power when held in the hand in either grip. This dagger would work well for such combat systems as Liechtenauer or Fiore.
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.