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
Arms & Armor
Arms & Armor Meyer Training Rapier / Rappier
Based on Original: The pieces illustrated inA Thorough Description of the Art of Combatpublished in 1570 by Joachim Meyer.
Overall Length: ~36.75"
Blade Length: 31"
Blade Width: 1.15"
Quillon Width: 10"
Grip Length: 3.5"
Balance Point: 3.6"
Weight: 2.5 lbs
This training sword is based on the pieces illustrated in A Thorough Description of the Art of Combat published in 1570 by Joachim Meyer. He was a cutler as well as a teacher of the sword creating this major work on swordplay, which had several printings. He covers several different types of weapons in this work and it is often looked at as an important work dealing in the weapons of the 16th C.
This rapier is of a simple form with a straight barrel turned cross, a single side ring and knuckle bow. It has a bulbous pommel and matching terminators on the arms of the guard. It is gripped with out the finger passing over the guard as can be seen in the manual illustration below. The hilt furniture is steel. The grip is bound with strands of twisted wire. The blade is made of 6150 steel and has a rectangular cross section similar to our side sword trainer. This sturdy blade will last for many hours of practice and sparring.
Blackfencer Storta (Left Handed)
Love the look and feel of the messer's blade, but want a little more protection? The Storta is the choice for you! The larger nagel combined with knucklebow means that this sword is equally at home practicing messer technique as it is practicing dussack or cutlass. Truly multi-purpose and absolutely beautiful to look at, this is a classic sword will fulfill many of your training needs. This storta is designed specifically for left-handed fighters.
2 lbs, 4.2 oz
2 inches from cross point of balance
4 1/2 inches grip-able handle
2 inches to 3/4 inches blade width (cross to tip)
26 1/2 inches blade length
6 1/2 inches cross width
34 inches overall length
2 inch guard (nagel) height
2 inches to 2 1/2 inches guard to handle clearance
1/2 inches tapering blade thickness
Baltimore Knife & Sword
Baltimore Knife and Sword Federschwert
These come with a lifetime warranty against breakage provided by Baltimore Knife and Sword.
They are discounted as they got some rust on them, and are slow-er to sell at a higher price point. There is no known functional problem with these blades :)
Based on Original: Circa 1480-1510, Private Collection
• Overall Length: 44"
• Blade Length: 36.5"
• Blade Width: 1.75"
• Quillon Width: 8"
• Grip Length: 5"
• Balance Point: 6.38"
• Weight: 2.6 lbs
This broadsword exhibits a hexagonal cross-sectioned blade with a narrow fuller down the forte. The thickness of the blade dramatically tapers to the point to give an excellent balance for the cut; a detail often missed by many modern manufacturers. This style of sword was popular in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and again in the later part of the 15th century, when this sword was made. The furniture on this sword illustrates the writhen or twisted branch like forms favored by the craftsmen of central Europe. The grip is hardwood covered in leather with a stitched seam and shrunk to fit the elegantly shaped handle.
Arms & Armor
ANGLO-SAXON SWORD - OAKESHOTT TYPE X
Based on Original:dated circa 960 AD - 1035 AD, Anglo-Saxon. Find place: Thames at Wandsworth, Museum of London A2373.
• Overall length: 34.5"
• Blade length: 29.2"
• Blade width: 2.2"
• Balance point: 5.8"
• Weight: 2.1 lbs
This reproduction is based on an Anglo-Saxon sword from about the year 1000. This sword was found in riverbed of the Thames in two parts near Putney, south west of London. It is often referred to as the Wandsworth sword. The upper and lower guards are curved in shape and the pommel is of the three lobed variety made of two pieces. We have chosen to do the pommel in the same way with an upper half formed of three lobes and the lower half a curved shaped the mirrors the guard.
This sword is dated to a time of struggle in the history of England. The clash of the Kingdom of Wessex and the Danelaw was ongoing throughout the period. The raiding of the coast by the Danish starting at the end of the 10th Century added to the troubles. There was quite a bit of conflict and a good sword would have been in high demand.
The original has a blade inlaid with INGELRII on one face and two groups of three bars on the opposite. There are many swords with such inscriptions in the blade from this period. They where made in many locals and almost certainly had significant meaning to those who produced and owned these weapons.
The modern person often finds the hilts of these swords to be unique in handling. There is a great discussion here about how these swords where wielded. This Type X blade makes for a sword that feels quite light in the hand. It would be excellent for the style of combat of its day. Here are two interesting sources for what the combat of this type may well have looked like Hurstwic Sword and Shield Combat and Dimicator on Facebook.