There isn't a more classic shape in our catalog than the Blackfencer Longsword. It's our second best-selling sword (after the Standard Federschwert), and for good reason. The swelled grip, pinned-through guard, and Blackfencer's specially selected nylon make this the best synthetic longsword you can buy!
Our #1 selling sword! This classic training shape and design of the Blackfencer Federschwert has been around for centuries. The synthetic blade has the same balance, flex, and weight as a thin steel blade. It is also highly durable, with almost no reported failures.
2 lbs, 13.6 oz
2.5 inches from cross point of balance
37 1/2 inches blade length
1 1/4 inches to 1 inch (cross to tip)
10 inches cross
10 inches grip-able handle
49 overall length
1/2 inch average blade thickness (tapering from thicker at the strong to thinner at the weak)
Blackfencer 1796 Infantry Saber (Steel)
Enjoy saber, but want more protection for your hand? The Three Bar Hilt Sabre is the one for you! The additional width provided by the extra bars provides more safety for your hand than a simple D guard, while still affording the space and maneuverability you've come to expect from a sparring saber.
2 lb, 2 oz
3 1/2 inches from cross point of balance
33 1/4 inch blade length
1 1/2 inch to 1 1/8 inch blade width (cross to tip)
The Blackfencer steel federschwert falls into the “long” feder category, but handles like a much smaller sword. With smooth chamfered edges, excellent flex, and that trademark Blackfencer handling and durability, you will be hard-pressed to find a better workhorse steel sword.
In 2018, SCS went to Spain to fight in a tournament run by Blackfencer. Several students begged Alberto Aquillue (head designer and co-owner of Blackfencer) to make a feder. His answer was a solid no. He stated that with the feder market being already saturated, he would need to design a sword that really stood out, and he wasn’t sure if that was possible. Fast-forward to 2020, and somehow, he’s done it! With this price point and quality, we can confidently say this feder brings an exciting new option to the market.
Blackfencer's standard Steel Longsword is the blunt steel trainer you are looking for. 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, 7 oz
34 3/4 inches blade length
9 1/4 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
Cold Steel Rondel Dagger Trainer
We used Cold Steel's training bowies and other hard rubber training knives for years, and after several rounds of begging, Lynn Thompson of Cold Steel made rondels for us.
The blade offers a high level of flex near the tip while remaining strong near the hand. Most HEMA rondel techniques work great. A few techniques that require stiffness along the whole blade will not, but that's the trade-off for having the safety of the flex.
Some people find the decorative points on the hilt to be a little scratchy (the wooden prototype had rounded points but this got simplified in the computer model for the mold). One minute with a file will soften these a lot though.
Blackfencer Longsword XL
If you're a big fencer who wants a big sword, this is the one for you. The Longsword XL is appropriately scaled in the handle and blade to provide superior balance and flow. This sword may also substitute as a montante for smaller fighters.
Blackfencer Federschwert XL
The Heavy Longsword bridges the gap between the longsword and the extra-long longsword. The difference is subtle, but may be just what you're looking for.
3 lbs, 0.7 oz
2 1/2 inches from center of cross point of balance
38 inches blade length
10 inches cross
10 inches grip-able hilt
2 1/4 inches to 1 inch blade width (cross to tip)
1/2 inch blade starts thicker near cross and tapers appropriately toward tip
49.5 overall length
Blackfencer Ring Hilt Federschwert XL
Looking at longswords throughout history, it didn't take long for complex hilted designs to begin appearing. The addition of simple rings on the side of the sword offers significant protection for the hands of the user. If you're seeking an increased level of safety, this sword is for you. The rings are over-sized to accommodate any size of glove in a thumb-grip.
3 lbs, 1.4 oz
39.5 inches blade length
2.5 inches point of balance
11 3/4 inches grip-able hilt
5 1/2 overall ring width
1 3/4 inches to 1 inch blade width (cross to tip)
52 3/4 inches overall length
10 inches cross width
5 1/2 inches total ring width
Blackfencer Musket with Bayonet
Based on a Brown Bess Musket (a historical training tool), this synthetic musket and flexible bayonet is a unique offering created by South Coast Swords and Blackfencer. The musket has sufficient weight to mimic the handling of an original, without being abusive if an accidental butt strike lands. A piece of metal (not included) can also be strapped to the rifle portion to reach the appropriate historical weight. The bayonet offers exceptional flex, and is pre-drilled with a pin to hold it in place. The bayonet may also be removed for ease of storage.
If you are looking to simulate the cutting edges and blade width of a "knightly" style dagger -- also called the "sword-hilted dagger" -- this is a great alternative to the rondel trainer. Although both the point and the flex are slightly less friendly than the rondel, they are within range for similar knife and dagger trainers. Padded clothing is recommended, and of course eye protection is a must.