Fence West is the home of Metal Weapons Fencing and Boffer sword games within the SCA (Society for Creative Anacronisms) within the Western half of the Kingdom of Lochac.


To contact Pantera (Joshua Davidson), please email fencewest.pantera@gmail.com, or call on 041 995 4246



Below is a series of posts outlining different techniques for medieval metal weapons fencing. They will be labelled as either novice, intermediate or master. They may be for long sword, rapier or cut and thrust styles.



Novice fencers are those who have only just begun. It all starts with recognising the pointy end of the sword and learning that this is the bit you are aiming to get in your opponent.


When a post is labelled as Novice, it will be a fairly simple learning step aimed at helping you to understand fundamental concepts of fencing.



Intermediate fencers are learning some specific style points and techniques. Specific references to specific styles, such as Spannish, or Italian or schools such as Capofera or I33 will define the context of the moves being learned.


When a post is labelled as Intermediate, it will assume a solid grasp of the basics of fencing and be talking more about variations and technique.



Master fencers should have a solid grasp of both the fundamentals and specific style/school techniques.


Master posts will be more explorations into methodology, conception of ideas and looking to see how variations on previously understood concepts can change the game.


Styles and Schools

There are many different styles of medieval combat. These pages will cover three different styles – SCA Rapier, SCA Cut and Thrust and Boffer.


SCA RAPIER – This is the style of light and heavy rapier with different weapons sword and device options available within the rules of the SCA. Check under the Resources page for links to the specific rules.

It is played to touch with rigid protection over the groin (for males), neck and face, four layers of cotton drill or equivalent over kill zones and at least one layer of fabric over all other parts of the body.

Valid attacks are made by thrusting the point of the sword to touch your opponent, or to place the edge and slice.


SCA CUT and THRUST – This is a more advanced form rapier which includes “cuts” which is a form of light concussion based slice. The aim of this is not to hit your opponent with force. The goal of the cut is to remove the placing part of the slice, such that the concussion is no harder than the thrust. Legs are considered a winning blow. This makes for a faster game.

Additional armour is required, which includes rigid protection for the elbows, knees and back of the head over and above the armour required for rapier.


BOFFER – This style is a primer for younger combatants on the fine art of fencing, whether it be the above two styles or the other sword style of the SCA known as “Armoured” or “Chivalric” combat. The swords are made from rigid plastic and impact absorbing foam. This combination can still cause some damage, so caution is encouraged and ideally neck, head and groin protection is recommended, especially for mock tourneys.

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