Frogs and Hangers

Admit it: at least part of the reason why you took up fencing was to look absolutely amazing. To toss back your rain-drenched hair as you throw open ancient doors and, drawing your sword, demand satisfaction of an ancient enemy.

That’s why it’s time to ditch the sports bag and saunter into your next event with your sword at your hip, suspended from a sturdy leather frog.*

Gone are the days of clattering around the sports hall with arms full of weapons and fencing gear, of fumbling about with gloves on, trying to lift a longsword from a shiny floor. Instead, sweep in to meet your opponent, hand on your hilt, ready to draw your sword and defend your honour.

*Never wear your weapon in a public place where it might cause alarm.

∴ A Flexible Design ∴

I based these frogs on an image of an antique, which was provided to me by a client as inspiration for her scabbard and suspension. After creating her custom hanger, I returned to the design and adapted it into a “one size fits most” pattern.

The original frog, created for the Maristella Smallsword

The upper straps are designed to fasten around a belt measuring between 2-5cm wide, while the lower straps will secure around a blade measuring 2-5cm wide at its base. Alternatively, the straps can be fastened around an existing scabbard – or a custom made one!

The flared shape of the frog helps spread the weight of the sword across the hip, increasing comfort and reducing the blade’s propensity to swing out as you step. The angle of the sword can be adjusted by buckling the upper straps at different intervals. This helps account for different points of balance, as well as proffering a truly jaunty angle.

I tested a prototype frog at a three-day combat arts festival, and found my longsword surprisingly comfortable and unobtrusive to walk with.

∴ Available Now ∴

Three hand-crafted leather frogs are currently available on a first-come, first-served basis.

All three frogs are crafted from durable 3mm leather, fastened with traditional copper and steel rivets, and finished with an acrylic waterproofing layer.

  • Black with steel buckles: £55 SOLD!
  • Oxblood with brass buckles: £60
  • Purple with brass buckles: £60

 

∴ Hand-Tooled Belt and Frog Set∴

We have one limited edition hand-tooled set for sale, comprising a brown leather belt and matching frog.

The belt is crafted to fit a waist measuring 38-44″. It features a unique hand-tooled rose pattern, and is finished with a beaten brass buckle attached with a traditional copper rivet.

The frog follows the same measurements as those listed above, and features a hand-tooled rose at its centre.

This matching set is designed to make a statement at a fencing tournament or gala dinner. It is also an ideal gift for the fencer with just about everything.

  • Available now for £110

 

∴ Custom Commissions ∴

Looking for something special to set off your fencing gear? I am keen to work with you to create a one-of a kind frog, starting at £65.

  • Ensure a custom fit for a specific blade
  • Your choice of leather colour
  • A hand-tooled design, monogram, or club crest for an additional £30
  • Add a matching belt, starting from £40

Ready to wear your sword at your side? Contact us now to lay your claim to one of these limited-edition pieces, or to commission your own.

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