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While Joachim Meyer refers to this weapon
diga rapier, the weapons shown on the pages are considerably simpler than what we now often associate with the term. In some cases, the hand protection is nothing more than wide quillons and a single sidering, not unlike what we see are several 16th century Messers and protosabers. We chose this design exactly because of this similarity.
The long and relatively narrow Schilt is only implied in some images in the book, but we found an original sword that exhibits a Schilt that seemed both practical and subtle enough.
The 88cm long blade is ground freehand from blanks of 6150 steel (51crv4 by EU standards). It has an upset tip like the majority of our practice weapons, with an impact surface of ~ 5 * 9mm. Flex happens in the last third of the blade, while the forte is definitely stiff enough for working from the bind. Due to the light blade, it barely has any flex during moving. Following the trends seen on antique swords, the point of balance is relatively forward at ~ 105mm from the cross. The blade complies with SCA guidelines for standard rapier with 1.57 "flex with a 6oz weight.
The 28cm wide cross is ground from a mild steel blank, with the
sideringbeing an integral piece. There are large spherical finials riveted at the ends of the quillons. The cross is secured on a double blade shoulder, with the lower shoulder protruding. This protrusion is fine to lock the cross in place. This method is only seen on Messers to the best of our knowledge, but due to the length of the arms of the cross, we felt that a bit of added security would not hurt.
The rapier bomb in a shape of a bomb is also ground from mild steel and is affixed by peening.
The rapier grip has a wooden core and a goat leather wrap.
We follow the philosophy of design from the past- hardly any weapons were made pristine. They bore signs of swordmaker's tools, hours of filing and hard work which makes for a unique signature of the maker, and their relationship with the weapon they forge. It means that our pieces are unique, and no two weapons are the same.
The weapon is a practice blunt sword for sparring and technical drills, perfect for Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA).