Should I buy a Hanwei federschwert?

Question: Is a Hanwei federschwert worth buying?

My verdict: No, definitely not. Just don’t.

These have been on the market for more than a decade, and they have not really improved much in that time. They break given the slightest provocation. There have been occurrences of practitioners receiving injuries from penetrating thrusts from broken Hanwei feder blades.

These are a liability to you, to your training partner, and to everyone around you. You have a duty of responsibility to your training partners, which includes not stabbing them with broken blades if at all possible, so you should avoid these swords like the plague. They are simply not worth the risk or the money.

There is nothing good to say about them.

Keith Farrell

Keith Farrell teaches HEMA professionally, often at international events (why not hire me to teach at your event?), and has an interest in coaching instructors to become better teachers.

I have authored Scottish Broadsword and British Singlestick and the award-winning AHA German Longsword Study Guide, and maintain a blog at where I post regularly.