Specializing in serving EDUCATIONAL THEATER –
– that’s right, these are WEAPONS OF MASS INSTRUCTION!
There are items listed for both rental or sale – AND –
- If you see something in rentals that you want to buy, just drop me a line for a price quote. The entire rental stock is now available for purchase.
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To learn more about rental or sale items, click the appropriate button below.
Below is an overview of the major groupings of items to get you started. Select a topic below or use the menu to the left. Once you’re on a weapon page, look for the “For Sale” or “For Rent” tab for specifics in each category.
- Swords : smallswords, broadswords, rapiers, sabres, and more
- Exotica : scimitars, katanas, fantasy items and more
- Daggers : stilettos, knives, daggers, bayonets and more. Some of the hilts make interesting swords.
- Shields and Impact Weapons : bucklers, shields, quarterstaffs, halberds, spears and more
- Firearms : pistols, rifles, revolvers, muskets, shotguns, machine guns and more
- Leather Goods : scabbards, sashes, frogs, holsters, gloves, baldrics and more
- Miscellaneous : bows and arrows, powder horns, shackles and more
And don’t forget to visit the Attic where I sell discontinued rental items.
About Rental Items
The price shown by each item covers up to the first 30 days of rental counting backwards from closing night. So whether you need to have it for one hour or one month, the price is the same. (Be sure and let me know if the item needs to be fight-worthy or is going to be dropped.)
be sure to read the conditions of rental – ordering
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Please note: many prices can shift suddenly from season to season. I’ve been hit by a doubling of transportation costs as well as the vagaries of importing many supplies from overseas. But I also know that theatres have been hit hard by the same economic hammer, so as always I’ve tried to keep my rental rates as low as humanly possible and still stay in business.
I know that you could rent from any other company, so I strive to provide what you need at a price that is unbeatable. So low, in fact, that your theatre can afford to have the weapons available for the first rehearsal, instead of first tech. And as you know, sooner is safer.
Need it for longer than 30 days?
After the first 30, I only charge per additional day to closing night. I don’t charge for the time in transit – only for the time in your hands.
Need it for less than 30 days?
Sorry, but whether you need it for one month or only one hour, the initial rental fee is the same. I do this because I know that if I allow for reduced prices on shorter rental periods, actors won’t get the props into their hands until just before opening, and that just isn’t safe. So order early. (Anyway, the monthly rate is cheaper than most places’ weekly rate.)
“Should I rent or should I buy?”
That’s always a difficult choice to make, and part of it involves looking in your crystal ball and seeing what shows your theatre will do over the next decade. A very rough rule of thumb is you should buy an item if you believe you might use it for three different shows during the next ten years.
“Only three times?” Well, yes, because you also have to consider the back and forth shipping costs with rentals, and that really adds up. On many items, the price break happens with only two rentals.
See something in rentals that you want to buy?
I’m streamlining the business, so the entire rental stock is now also available for sale. If there is something that you think you might want to own rather than rent, just check out the price or drop us a line for a price quote. Some items are costly, but most are being sold at 30% to 70% off the original price! (These are, of course, used items, so don’t be shocked that they show the effects of twenty-eight years of hard use.)
“AAAH! I don’t know what I need!!!”
Don’t worry. Weapons of Choice has furnished over 32,000 shows nationwide with weapons, but I also know that it’s not enough just to provide props. Since historic weaponry isn’t covered in most theatre classes, any information I can supply as to type of weapon or fighting style is done so gladly, even if you don’t rent or buy from me.
Why pay the same rate for an inexpensive sword as for an expensive one?
Other places charge the same flat fee for whatever sword you order. I try to offer a variety at different prices so you can save money.
The price for each item shown is the first month’s rate, which is also the minimum fee, even if it is only used for one day. Longer rentals are pro-rated per day, but at only one half the first month’s rate. All items must be returned within 15 days of closing night.
Credit cards accepted for rentals and sales. So are institutional purchase orders, but only after a confirmed phone or e-mail request.
Rental items are used items. That means that other actors have handled them before.
They have been dropped, mistreated, abused and broken – battered, shattered, and tattered.
All have been repaired many times over and usually show it.
No pristine models available for our rental items.
Invoices are mailed out AFTER the items have been shipped.
You might get your invoice from a week to a month after you receive the boxes.
I do not provide packing slips, pre-invoices, or written estimates.
I apologize for the inconvenience, but I just don’t have the staff to do anything but
build your order, ship your order, and then invoice the order, in that order.
When you rent, you are agreeing to certain things. Find out what they are by reading the terms and conditions.
About Sale Items
Because wherever possible I use steel (not bronze or aluminum), thick leather (not leather over cardboard), and I design the items for actors on stage – not for dress-up at Ren-Faires. All swords, daggers, and leather items for sale are built when the order is placed.
Swords and daggers developed specifically for the rigors of stage combat.
As you may know, Weapons of Choice has provided fight worthy weapons for stage since 1990. I still purchase hundreds of weapons each year from a score of manufacturers, and have choreographed over 300 shows myself, so I’ve learned a thing or two about replica weapons along the way:
- Swords made for renaissance fairs may hold an edge but can’t take a hit.
- Swords that can cut down a sapling can also cut through another sword.
- Swords must be both sturdy and light for maximum safety.
Weapons of Choice makes combat weapons designed for the realities of stage combat classes, but still look great for main stage productions. These are fully fight-worthy swords, daggers, and impact weapons. When you see this symbol – – next to a sales item, you know that Weapons of Choice has produced an affordable fight-worthy weapon and every steel weld is guaranteed for the life of the weapon.
With the exception of replacement epee blades, we do not sell parts for swords. Complete weapons only.
“Well, should I buy or should I rent?”
That’s always a difficult choice to make, and part of it involves looking in your crystal ball and seeing what shows your theatre will do over the next decade. A very rough rule of thumb is you should buy an item if you believe you might use it for three different shows during the next ten years. “Only three times?” Well, yes, because you also have to consider the back and forth shipping costs with rentals, and that really adds up. On many items, the price break happens with only two rentals. And on some, it’s cheaper to buy than to rent!
Not a theatre person? read this