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.
1 lb, 10 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)
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 Ring Hilt Longsword 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, 2.3 oz
39 1/2 inches blade length
2 inches width to 1 inch width (cross to tip)
11 3/4 inches grip-able handle length
2 inches from cross point of balance
10 inches cross width
52 3/4 inches overall length
5 1/2 inches total ring width
Blackfencer Longsword (Sharp Simulator)
If you could buy just one pair of swords for your club, this is the model we would recommend. Durable enough to be used for many years to come, these offer something that most training swords lack: BIND! The interlocking teeth on the edges of the blade ensure that they will stick when edge-to-edge, then slide appropriately when turned to flats. We have compared these to real sharp longswords, and the bind is strikingly similar.
Despite common concerns, there is little need to worry about the teeth increasing the risk of injury. While there is a higher chance of small scratches on uncovered skin, but we have found the Longsword Sharp Simulators to pose minimal increased risk among our students at South Coast Swords.
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.