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The Black Ribbon Suite



With a barely-concealed tremble in your hand, you lift the letter from your desk. A folded sheet of thick, yellow paper, sealed with an all-too-familiar signet, and wrapped in a black silk ribbon.


Breaking the seal with fumbling fingers, you let the ribbon fall to the floor as you unfold the luxurious parchment. Inside are only four words, but they are enough to fill your mind with fear and thrill and flashing blades:


"We meet at dawn."


 

The Black Ribbon Suite is a set inspired by simple elegance, with flat ribbon-like barwork, subtle hand-carved elements and the distinctive Balefire blackened finish. Designed to be formidable all-rounders, they speak of duels at dawn and swashbuckling in the streets.


The swords below have already sold. New Black Ribbon swords can be found in our Emporium when available, and are announced on our Facebook and Instagram pages.


They are always sold as seen – if you require customisation, please browse the past swords below for inspiration and contact us to discuss ordering a bespoke weapon.



 


  • Total length: 120.5cm

  • Blade length: 107cm

  • Blade width at shoulder: 2.2cm

  • Blade stock: 6mm

  • Quillon span: 25cm

  • Grip length: 9cm

  • Grip and pommel: 12.5cm

  • Point of balance: 15cm

  • Weight: 980g

  • Ambidextrous




A light, nimble ambidextrous rapier, ideal for fast-moving rapier styles. The guard features a striking scallop shell plate based on historical originals, paired with a symmetrical X-shaped counter guard.

 


  • Total length: 106cm

  • Blade length: 91.5cm

  • Blade width at shoulder: 2.7cm

  • Blade stock: 6mm

  • Quillon span: 23.5cm

  • Grip length: 9.5cm

  • Grip and pommel: 13cm

  • Grip to guard: 5cm

  • Point of balance: 13.5cm

  • Weight: 970g

  • Right Handed

  • Fencing safe edges, tip and flex







A simple basket-hilted backsword, based on the Chelmsford swords. Its hollow pommel helps maintain a light weight and good blade presence in cuts and binds, even with its substantial hand protection.


 


  • Total length: 106cm

  • Blade length: 91cm

  • Blade width at shoulder: 3.7cm

  • Blade stock: 6mm

  • Quillon span: 21cm

  • Grip length: 9.5cm

  • Grip and pommel: 13.5cm

  • Grip to guard: 5cm

  • Point of balance: 12cm

  • Weight: 1140g

  • Right Handed

  • Fencing safe edges, tip and flex








A simple backsword that's light in the hand, with a pivot just forward of centre allowing for tip-on actions while still working beautifully as an all-rounder.


 


  • Total length: 94cm

  • Blade length: 81cm

  • Blade width at shoulder: 3.4cm

  • Blade stock: 6mm

  • Quillon span: 22cm

  • Grip length: 8.5cm

  • Grip and pommel: 12cm

  • Grip to guard: 3cm

  • Point of balance: 14cm

  • Weight: 930g

  • Right Handed

  • Fencing safe edges, tip and flex








A basic Bolognese style sword that retains blade presence while rotating well and feeling light in the hand. It would work well paired with a dagger or buckler.


 


  • Total length: 94cm

  • Blade length: 80cm

  • Blade width at shoulder: 4.5cm

  • Blade width at ricasso: 2.5cm

  • Blade stock: 6mm

  • Quillon span: 21cm

  • Grip length: 9cm

  • Grip and pommel: 12.5cm

  • Grip to guard: 3cm

  • Point of balance: 12cm

  • Weight: 1000g

  • Right Handed

  • Fencing safe edges, tip and flex


An all-round sword with presence, excelling in tip-forward moves. Ideal for close-measure fighting, and would pair well with a buckler.

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