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#168 Italian Three-Ring Rapier
This slim weapon was quickly embraced by Italian fighters for its agility and speed. The art of combat with these stiff thrusting blades was quite deadly. The fully swept hilt protected the hand, a primary target, when fighting in the streets or a duel. The three side rings on the foreguard are complimented by a four bar inner guard and a faceted barrel-shaped pommel. The wire-bound grip allows a firm grip that any Italian swordman would consider essential. From 1600 to 1640 this type of rapier was, arguably, the most popular style made. There are many illustrations in art and surviving examples in museums and collections. Norman identifies this hilt as Type 61 in his book, The Rapier and the Smallsword. The blade is a quarter inch thick at the hilt and distal tapers to an authentic point and edge. Available with a satin steel finish or you can special order a blued finish for the hilt.

Original: Circa 1580-1585, Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan (Inv. 2537)

Overall length: 47.25"; Blade: 38" x .8"

$1220 + $53 shipping and handling

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#6004 Nail Practice Blade
Substitute a period-style practice blade constructed of 6150 steel and tempered as our sharps to this rapier at no additional cost. It has the distinctive forged button tip and rectangular cross-section in the foible seen on original practice blades. These were sometimes referred to as "nails", for obvious reasons. [ View Details ]

#180 Hilt Bluing
A professional heat bluing is applied to create a deep rich, almost black finish on your sword hilt and pommel. [ View Example ]

$85 additional

#116 Rapier Scabbard
A heavy leather scabbard with a single seam up the back side available in black or brown. [ View Details ]

$175 + $18 shipping and handling (free s/h if ordered with sword)

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