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 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 Steel Falkner 1459 Messer
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.
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)