We designed these light Italian Dueling Sabres to be the most accurate training/tournament sabres of their kind available on the market today. We utilized extensive research of extant Italian examples, accurate guard flat patterns, blade profiles, grip modeling and other specific qualities to bring these tournament grade simulators to life like never before. We offer two guard types, two blade sizes and two grip models that you can choose to mix and match and make YOUR perfect sabre!We Know that everyone’s personal feelings on the perfect balance, weight and grip shape differ. We put together a list of our Italian dueling sabre parts to choose from so you can mix and match the perfect sabre for you. **NOTE, these sabres accurately reflect the weight, flex and purpose of the historical examples they replicate. These sabres were light (near 750 grams), fast and quite flexible- considered to fall into our F2 flex range. They are not meant to see combat against heavier, stiffer weapons like feders, longswords or messers.**
Our wide guard is modeled after a particular historical example pioneered by Gerolamo Filippo Siffredi; an armorer born on the coast NW Italy in 1831. He officially set up an arms factory in Torino in 1856 and produced sabres of this type. The antique example we studied has an inscription on the guard “CAPO ARMAIUOLO DEL TRENO SIFFREDI 1866” which translates to “Head armorer of artillery, Siffredi, 1866”. Our 4130 carbon steel version would most certainly make Gerolamo proud. Total guard weight is 340 grams or 12 oz.
Our Horstmann guard is modeled after a very common and somewhat “generic” German training sabre guard style that was often duplicated and could be found all over Western Europe throughout the mid to late 1800’s. This guard works equally well with any training system. The Horstmann brand was actually an outfitter for all kinds of sporting goods. Our 4130 carbon steel version is light, shallowly dished like the antique but still offers great hand protection. Total guard weight is 340 grams or 12 oz.
16 mm and 20 mm Italian Dueling sabre blades.
Our 16 mm and 20 mm Italian dueling sabre blades are built to exact specifications of antique blades of the late 19th century. These specifications include exact weigh, size, flex, curve and tang dimensions. These specifications are explained in the writings of 19th century master Giuseppe Radaelli, Masaniello Parise, and even in the Italian army regulations. These blades are made from hardened 5160 chrome-vanadium spring steel, have a 10 mm rounded tip and have a 2 mm rounded edge. Total weight on the 16 mm is 285 grams or 9.9 oz, total weight on the 20 mm is 325 grams or 11.3 oz. These blades handle exactly like their historical counterparts; they are light, quick and fairly flexible but not whippy at all.
16 mm Italian Dueling Sabre Blade:
20 mm Italian Dueling Sabre Blade:
We offer 2 grip styles for these sabres. Both designs are the result of over 2 years of hands on research and consultation with some of the most knowledgeable sabre collectors in the country. These grips 3D printed from black PLA and are covered with a rubberized coating that offers a sticky grip surface.
We designed the military style grip with a great deal of technical knowledge from Chris Holzman- avid collector, expert practitioner of sabre and author of “The Art of the Dueling Sabre” a translation of Giuseppe Radaelli’s sabre manual. This grip is a perfect 3D model of grip specifications utilized on Italian military training sabres throughout the later half of the 19th century. This grip is deep and robust offering a great hand-hold for very stable and powerful contact.
We designed the Sport style grip with a direct 3D scan of an antique Italian example. We then adapted the design to fit our parts. The deep thumb cavity and contoured body make it quite comfortable while still offering a solid hand hold.
As we prefer to keep our swords modular, a handy detail when it comes to swapping out parts, we designed our exclusive back cap system. This system includes a rounded and contoured cap that reacts in the hand as the “backstrap” of the originals would have but with a distinct advantage. The M6 x 1.25 recessed hex nut leaves just enough protruding from the curve of the back of the grip to get an M 10 wrench on it but not interfere with the comfort of the grip. This little feature goes a long way in terms of comfort. We designed this system to be universal throughout all of our sabre models. This provides a great deal of flexibility when building your sabre.
We have already figured out the total weight and point of balance for each variation in order to help you find the perfect balance and functionality.