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Once upon a time a Sword sang...
The Team
Eleonora Robecchi - Design & Sales Manager
Rodolfo Tanara - Swordsmith
Commander Sampo - Supervisor and kibble-eater
...And a Nightingale answered.
Our story

Malleus Martialis di Rodolfo Tanara


The Art of “Spadai” lives again in Florence from the meeting of craftmanship and design. This is Malleus Martialis.

Malleus Martialis recovers the ancient art of swordsmithing, whose tracks are in original findings, figurative and plastic art, illuminated manuscripts and in the ancient european swordmanship treatises, in order to give the sword a new function in our time.

The comparative study allows the crafting of quality blunts, intended for museum exhibition, re-enactment and Historical European Martials Arts (HEMA): the concept planning and design process rely on the historical period and the connected combat techniques as reference.

“Once upon a time a sword sang…”
This is the story of two kindred souls.

Rodolfo Tanara is the founder of Malleus Martialis, and after treading his inner path for nearly a decade he realised that swordmaking was his true calling.
In 2014 Malleus Martialis started in Florence, as Rodolfo won a selection held by the City of Florence. He had the chance to begin in a tiny workshop along the ancient walls, in the historic district of Santo Spirito.

Rodolfo dreamt of crafting historical blunt arms and cutlery relying on his passion for fencing, history and re-enactment. In the meantime, he silently followed the flourishing of the Historical European Martial Arts. Despite his passion, he never loved being under the spotlights.

In 2015, Rodolfo moved to the green hills of Impruneta, near Florence, and there he met Commander Sampo, a fluffy and talkative alley cat who started spending more and more time in the smithy.

“And then… A nightingale answered.”

In 2018, Eleonora Rebecchi, as Rodolfo’s partner in life, decided to join Malleus Martialis. Before starting as a designer in the company, she was studying Italian Belcanto while graduating at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. After the degree, she specialised in CAD design and in the end decided to quit with music to follow this ambitious project alongside with Rodolfo.

In the same year, Rodolfo attended to a swordmaking class at Bushfire Forge in England, under the guidance of the master swordsmith Owen Bush.

Research and education are some of the pillars of the company: during these years the team also had the chance to analyze original swords from the Solingen Klingenmuseum in Germany, Museo delle Armi Luigi Marzoli and MAM – Museum of Martial Art in Brescia, and several other private collections.

Thanks to the academic approach and the attention to detail, Malleus Martialis offers four collections:

Ancient Collection: Entry-level blunt arms for re-enactment and practice.
Sport Collection: HEMA blunt arms, flexible blades with thickened tip.
Armerìa Collection: Faithful blunt reproductions based on period references and tailor-made on commission.
Sharp Collection: Historical Cutlery for domestic use and work tools.

All Malleus Martialis’ arms are blunt and with rounded point. [Read more]

Reviews and feedbacks from our customers
What they say

FILIPPO – UK

Just received my custom piece and I can tell that it was the best sword I’ve ever handled. Light, fast, agile and beautifully proportioned as well as being absolutely gorgeous. Perfect for Flos Duellatorum, it moves like an extension of my arms used both with one and two hands. There is absolutely NOTHING that could have been done better and I’m extremely proud to possess this unique piece. As an Italian myself, I’m proud to see Italian smithing art being always more present in the HEMA community, and it is all thanks to Rodolfo and his team at Malleus Martialis.

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SALVATORE – ITALY

Malleus mi ha piacevolmente impressionato! Sapevo che erano bravi,ma non del tutto finché non ho avuto tra le mani la mia commissione. Da “collega” posso apprezzare infinitamente il lavoro che hanno svolto sulla mia lama Rodolfo e Eleonora, non trovando nessuna pecca ma solo pregi. In loro, ho conosciuto dei professionisti unici, delle splendide persone ricche di umanità, passione e competenza, felice di avervi stretto questa nuova amicizia.

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TIM – FRANCE

I was looking for a practice sidesword suited to practice bolognese swordsmanship.I’m 100% satisfied with the work of Mr Tanara.The weapon has a good construction, great balance and a very nice finish. It behaves very well in sparring and drills after some weeks of testing.Futhermore, my experience with the communication and the customer service was very good. I totally recommend Malleus Martialis if you’re looking for a sidesword.

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SEBASTIAN – ITALY

Disponibile, preparato, abile, competitivo. Serve qualcos’altro per gettarsi a comprare le sue armi?

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ISACCO – ITALY

I bought a basic XIV century two handed sword a few days ago, a really good piece, I’m really amazed when I use it, it is very light and totally different from other swords that don’t handle this way at all! Thanks…I think that everyone in searching of a good, beautiful and functional sword should take in consideration to choose this maker!!!! My vote? A+++!

Why choose us

Because we’re a young team believing in an ambitious dream. We strongly invest in research and care about details building every project on collected original data. When you deal with a blunt weapon, compromises are heavy, considering the primary function today. Keeping the original soul alive is our aim.