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.
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.