Blackfencer's Sidesword is one of our best sellers. Fencers love the elegance of the design and the handling, as well as the protection offered by the knuckle bow and covered ricasso. Pair with a buckler for maximum Marozzo!
2 lbs, 4.4 oz
37 1/2 inches blade length
4 inches from cross point of balance
9 3/4 inches cross width
4 inches grip-able handle length
2 1/4 inches ricasso
43 1/4 inches overall length
1 1/2 inches to 3/4 inches blade width (cross to tip)
1/2 inch average blade thickness, tapers toward tip
Blackfencer Macuahuitl - Aztec War Club
Designed with the expert guidance of Roberto Martinez-Loyo of Elite Fencing Club, this macuahuitl trainer offers a realistic weight and balance without breaking the bank. The macuahuitl was typically a ripping and tearing weapon used for taking prisoners, and when you handle this and imagine the flint-lined edge, you'll understand why.
2 lbs, 8.2 oz
37 inches overall length
10 inches handle length
4 inches wide tip
3 inches wide base
3/4 inches thickness
Blackfencer Swept-hilt Rapier
The swept-hilt rapier by Blackfencer is an excellent low-cost option for those who would like to train rapier, while being tough enough to spar against other synthetics on the market. Each guard is hand-shaped just like any steel sword, with a flex and balance that closely mimics the steel alternative. This sword is PERFECT for Italian rapier.
2 lbs, 2.9 oz~
6 inches from cross (3 from ricasso) point of balance
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
38 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
Arms & Armor
Arms & Armor Dussack Trainer
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
Blackfencer Steel Side-Ring Federschwert
Similar to the two-ringed feder, this sword is designed to provide additional hand protection. The unique single-ring option is lighter than having two rings, and will give you that extra protection when you want it!
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.