Predecessor to modern fencing weapons as we know them, the Rapier is very nearly the progenitor of a line of swords that emphasizes precision, agility, technique, and a counter-and-thrust style that has eventually become the modern sport of fencing. Fairly typical for its make, this swept-hilt rapier possesses all the hallmarks of the highly stylized hilts that became fairly popular and for good reasons. In addition to reasons of style, dramatic flair, and personal taste, these ornate guards fulfilled a specific purpose – defense of the hand. The guard of this rapier has two pieces, in two positions – the standard position and an upper guard. The standard guard is a simple circular quillon with a bar-guard, while the upper guard is any additional quillon, formed into a circle and a rectangle about the ricasso of the blade. This two-part guard provides protection to the hand and to the fingers, when the rapier is held with the thumb and pointer-finger forward. Three other quillons sweep downward, to provide marginal protection to the rest of the hand, should a strike be directed lower. The grip of this rapier is steel-wire wrapped, while the pommel is simple and effective. Anyone looking to learn something farther from modern fencing and closer to medieval dueling would be well-served by a good rapier like this one.
- Includes Leather Wrapped Scabbard
- Stainless Steel Blade
- Leather Grip Wrapped With Steel Wire
- Overall Length: 44 Inches