Ensifer Redd (Regular)
The highest-end option from Ensifer, the Redd feders offer a special ultra-high durability cord, accents on the guard and pommel, and the highest level of fit and finish available from the Polish smith. You know your sword will last, and you know you'll be looking at it during every single class, you might as well look at a beautiful blade! The "regular" models offer the perfect proportions for your next sparring sword. There's enough space on the handle for some heavy gloves, and the kind of balance and handling that you would demand from a sword of this caliber. This is the sword to train with for years to come.
"After 70+ HEMA tournament matches and 5+ years of consistent club sparring, my Ensifer is still going strong! If you're looking for durability, my recommendation will always be Ensifer." - Rachel van Dyke, SoCal Swords Instructor
"I used Ensifer blades for my entire competitive career, and my first sword from 2012 is still going strong!" - Sean Franklin, SwordSTEM
"To the best of my knowledge IFG/Indes has had over 30 Ensifers and I've never seen one fail catastrophically. They all just age out after developing rattles at the hilt after several years." - Joe Colistro, Lead Instructor IFG
"Jake's had nothing but Ensifer heavies, and usually passed them on to someone else who used them a year or two longer. The shortest lived was 4 years, and I think that one died to our sword-breaker who's done in about four feders now." - Brandi Lynn, HEMA Participant
"Ensifers don’t break... they break people..." - Jack Gassman, HEMA instructor and highly decorated international longsword fighter
Ensifer blades carry a warranty against breakage for 1 year from purchase, to be determined by the manufacturer.
This is my third feder, and definitely my favorite! The balance is great for both cutting and thrusting, and has great bind presence while still having save flex. The thick edges from the fuller keep it free from burrs while also taking heavy strikes without gouging. The handle wrap does discolor from strikes, but has held up very well. I've used it in 3 tournaments so far and twice a week heavy sparring with no complaints. The flared tip is great, and the Redd has some cool cosmetic details that I love. If you're looking for a feder that is safe to use and won't break on you, this is a great buy!