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#170 French Rapier
Function and beauty vie for top billing on this splendid example of Norman's Type 52 rapier hilt. The sinuously curved hilt and wire-bound grip would have been a declaration of good taste from the earliest examples of this rapier style, appearing in the 1540's. This example is mounted with a stout blade, able to deliver a thrust or a cut, and not diminishing the elegance of the weapon. The functionality of this piece should not be overlooked. Gentlemen were the first to carry such swords, but all classes quickly adapted to this handsome type of weapon for personal defense and swordplay. The pommel is of an ovoid form in profile and oval in cross section. The inner guard is set with two bars flowing into one from the arms of the hilt and anchored at the base of the hilt block. Please indicate your preference for a blued, additional cost, or satin steel finish on the hilt when ordering.

Original: Circa 1590 Saxon, Tojhusmuseum, Copenhagen

Overall length: 47"; Blade: 40.5" x 1.07"

$1200 + $53 shipping and handling

#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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