Survey on Long Sword simulators

Unfortunately, there is still no satisfying definition of what a good or safe simulator in historical fencing is. We want to use this statistical survey to collect the data so that definitions can be created by suitable simulators. We therefore ask for your support in this project.

The collected data will be anonymised, cleaned up and made available to all for evaluation. In subsequent tests and examinations, those simulators that have proven to be the de facto standard are examined in more detail.

This statistical survey is intended to define safe equipment for historical fencing with simulators. Please help us with this project by entering correct values.

Note: please check all questions first and collect the data BEFORE you start the survey. For some questions you need some material (weight, tape measure).

data protection
All data is stored on its own server (no access by third parties). The personal details are only for queries, if we have a part of the answers did not understand or need to ask something. They will be deleted after completion of the analysis.

Your Name (or nickname)
Your email address (will not be used for anything else but this survey)

Please chose the type of sword below that matches best your sword simulator (a detailed sword type is not needed).
sword simulator types

Note: the naming of the sword types and the typology is not scientific or historical correct. But it is very helpful in this survey.

Who was the producer of the simulator (if known)

The total length of the sword simulator from the point to the end of the pommel is cm

The length of the blade from the point to the begin of the crossbar is cm

The width of the blade 3cm after the point is cm

The total length of the handle from the crossbar (not included) to the end of the pommel (included) is cm

The thickness of the edge in the middle of the blade is mm

The thickness of the edge 3-5 cm near the point is mm

The point of the blade is more or less

The weight of the sword simulator in gram is g


Please try the following experimental setup as closely as possible. If that does not work, ask someone to hold the sword on a table. The table edge 10cm behind the crossbar. Use a pencil or similar at the table edge to make sure the blade has contact at the 10cm distance from the crossbar. This also applies to feder swords with shield. The weights correspond to one or two plastic water bottles filled with 1 Liter water.

Note: carefully attach the weight to the blade (adhesive tape). Should it slip off during the measurement, the blade will spring up and may injure someone who is performing the measurement.

Had you been able to reconstruct the setup for the measurement?

Please enter the difference in height between the straight unloaded blade and the blade with the weight of ONE kg in millimeters:

Please enter the difference in height between the straight unloaded blade and the blade with the weight of TWO kg in millimeters:

Pressure Test

Please see the setup displayed in the image below and try to recreate it as close as possible before answering the question.

The difference in kg (use 0.5kg steps) between the straight and the bent blade was kg.

How often do you use your simulator in tough training situations like sparrings?

How old is your simulator

Thank you for helping us making HEMA better.