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#239 Meyer Rapier Trainer
This training sword is based on the pieces illustrated in A Thorough Description of the Art of Combat published in 1570 by Joachim Meyer. He was a cutler as well as a teacher of the sword creating this major work on swordplay, which had several printings. He covers several different types of weapons in this work and it is often looked at as an important work dealing in the weapons of the 16th C.

This rapier is of a simple form with a straight barrel turned cross, a single side ring and knuckle bow. It has a bulbous pommel and matching terminators on the arms of the guard. It is gripped with out the finger passing over the guard as can be seen in the manual illustration below. The hilt furniture is steel. The grip is bound with strands of twisted wire. The blade is made of 6150 steel and has a rectangular cross section similar to our side sword trainer. This sturdy blade will last for many hours of practice and sparring.

You can see some examples of Meyer's Sword technique here from the excellent researchers at HROARR

A short bio of Joachim Meyer, 1537-1571

Overall Length: ~36.75"; Blade Length: 31"; Blade Width: 1.15"; Quillon Width: 10.1"; Grip Length: 3.3"; Balance Point: 3.2"; Weight: 2.6 lbs

$670 + $48 shipping and handling

As depicted in Meyer's work.

If you are interested in studying more about Meyer's system we highly recommend The Art of Combat: A German Martial Arts Treatise of 1570 by Jeffrey Forgeng, published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

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