Rapier (based on Viennese Royal Armoury A1032)
This rapier is an outstandingly well preserved specimen from the early 17th century. It features a long, strong blade made by Juan Martin[ez] in Toledo, well suitable for cuts while still retaining very swift handling. The ricasso is rectangular, with two fullers, the blade is of hexagonal shape with one fuller, ending in a diamond shape shortly before the point. The hilt consists of solid, blackened, hexagonal bars, with a short rectangular wire-wrapped
handle intended to be gripped with the index finger around the ricasso. The pommel is of tapered cylindrical shape with 10 bevels.1
The original sword is located in the depot of the Viennese Royal Armoury (Hofjagd- und Rüstkammer)
The reproduction of the sword is loosely based on the original, yet modified in numerous ways. The hilt has simpler bar sections and is mirrored for a left handed fencer. The blade is blunt for sparring use.
The pictures have been taken after more than three years of intense use.
- Overall length: 1200mm
- Blade length: 1060mm
- Blade width at base: 23mm
- Crossguard length: 230mm
- Point of balance: 146mm
- Weight: 1250g
All images © Stefan Feichtinger, if not otherwise noted.
- 1.Fortner F, Schrattenecker J. A Comparison of Late 16th to Early 17th Century Rapiers with Modern Reproductions. De Lo Schermo. http://www.rapier.at/2015/10/28/a-comparison-of-late-16th-to-early-17th-century-rapiers-with-modern-reproductions/. Published 2015. Accessed 2020.