The steel swords we use for training and competition are specially made. Whilst they are as accurate as can be in terms of weight and feel to the originals, our blades are blunt and sated with a lot more flex than the originals they are based upon so we don’t seriously injure each other swordfighting.
There is a worldwide cottage-industry devoted to making weapons for use in HEMA. Many of our members have preferred makers and will commission special designs for their weapons.
Jay recently got the chance to visit one of our favourite swordsmiths, Danelli Armouries, to get his hand measured for his next sword. We look forward to seeing it when it is complete.