Swept Hilt Rapiers trace their origins to early 17th century Europe, where swordplay with the Rapier was considered an essential part of a gentleman's education and was often used in resolving gentlemanly disagreements. This model features a well-balanced high-carbon steel blade with a solid steel basket (not plated) and a hardwood grip. The rigid scabbard is leather-covered. The SH2198 is the matching main gauche for this piece.
All of our rapiers have stainless steel hilts, for reduced maintenance, and high-carbon steel flex-tempered blades. Our three swept-hilt styles (Solingen, Torino, Gustav) are available with hilts in both polished and antiqued finishes. The latter finish, developed by Hanwei, has allowed a museum-quality patina to be applied to stainless steel while the non-corroding properties of the steel are retained. This finish is extremely attractive and gives a very authentic appearance to the piece.
The swept-hilt rapiers and their attendant main gauches have now been redesigned to provide lighter, better balanced pieces than earlier models. The hilts are now of the same size as the museum pieces on which they are based, providing an authentic feel in the users hand. All of the rapier and main gauche blades shown are interchangeable with the Practical blades (OH2255 - rapier, OH2256 - Main Gauche), which are designed for safety in rapier sparring. This gives the user a wide choice of swept hilt styles for use with both live and Practical blades. A replacement live blade is also available (OH2327).
- Authentic historical design
- Steel basket
- Rigid scabbard
- This sword has a semi-sharp edge
- This sword is functional
- This sword is made from high-carbon steel
- This sword is hand forged
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£250.20 / €287.73
(Including VAT at 20%)