Reasonable broadswords for HEMA?

Both Purpleheart and Blackfencer have very nice synthetics for broadsword practice, but there are very few reasonably priced steel broadswords out there that are safe to spar with. SGT blades seems to be the closest right now with a $375 option http://sgtblades.com/hema/, but the basket is pretty huge as it is designed to fit a Red Dragon glove in it. If we have the basket, why do we need this? Castile makes a very nice one, but it is $700. Everything else right now is made from Hanwei or cold steel hilts with blades from other places as far as … Continue reading Reasonable broadswords for HEMA?

Just starting out…

I have been studying HEMA for a little over a year and wanted a place to share some of my thoughts around the process, equipment, and general experience. I have studied Longsword, rapier, Scottish broadsword, sidesword, sword and buckler, and a bit of dagger in class and have done some independent messer work. Longsword is where most of my experience is, but am not an authority by any means. I have fought in one tournament and am looking forward to further tournaments in the future as I found it very enjoyable. At 43 years, I am a bit on the … Continue reading Just starting out…