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Ferdinand blunt Protorapier

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Ferdinand blunt Protorapier
Ferdinand blunt Protorapier
Ferdinand blunt Protorapier
Ferdinand blunt Protorapier

An amalgam of some pages in Joachim Meyer's 1570 Gründtliche Beschreibung der Kunst des Fechtens and a surviving sword, this blunt practice piece aims to offer a reliable training tool for those who'd prefer a plain, uncomplicated hilt.

300.00 EUR
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While Joachim Meyer refers to this weapon as a rapier, the weapons shown on the pages are considerably simpler than what we most 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 on 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 antiques, the point of balance is relatively forward at ~ 105mm from the cross. The heavy blades comply to SCA cut&thrust calibration with 0.75" flex with a 6oz weight. The light blade complies to SCA standard rapier with 1.57" flex with a 6oz weight.

The 28cm wide cross is ground from a mild steel blank, with the sidering being 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 peened 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 won't hurt.

The pommel is also ground from mild steel and is affixed by peening.

The grip has a wooden core and a goat leather wrap.

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Weapon type
Quillion length
285 mm
Blade length
885 mm
Overall length
1 045 mm
Point of balance
113 mm
1 000 grams
Out of stock
Article No.
1.2 kg/pcs