This rapier was commissioned as a replica of an antique piece sold at auction last year, dubbed the “Skeleton Rapier”. My rendition is a bit less delicate than the original, but hopefully the resemblance is clear.
My hilt is mounted on a modified 42.5” blunt rapier blade made by Dynamo Lugasnk. I reshaped the ricasso a bit to suit the hilt, and it’s a lovely blade, 8mm thick at the top of the ricasso, tapering down to 6mm as it passes through the quillion block.
The guard and pommel are steel.
The grip is wood wrapped in dark brown leather and twisted steel wire. The pommel is threaded 6mmx1mm.
The scabbard is brown leather over wood with a steel chape.
The weapon weighs 2.9 lbs and is 48.5” long overall. POB is +5” from the quillion block.
This is my second take on a 17th century English rapier hilt in the Wallace Collection, A597, with some details borrowed from A596. I've made a matching dagger to keep it company.
The rapier is mounted with a 37.5" blunt blade with a fullered ricasso. It weighs 2.6 lbs. and balances 1" in front of the hilt. Overall length is 44".
The dagger blade is 12" long with blunted edges. Overall length is 18".
The hilts and pommels of both weapons are blued steel with decorative etching. The etched designs are bare polished steel to contrast with the dark foreground. The grips are hardwood wrapped in black and silver steel wire with turk’s head knots. The pommels are threaded 6mm metric.
A replica of several matching weapons by Anton Schuch for the Saxon Trabantenleibgarde c.1600. One is detailed here: http://www.lennartviebahn.com/arms_armour/antiques/rapier_anton_schuch.html
Two other nearly identical swords are on display at the Walters Museum in Baltimore and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
My recreation is mounted with a custom blade by Castille Armory suitable for HEMA.
The sword balances 2.25" in front of the hilt. Total weigh is 2.65 lbs, just a hair under the 2.7 of the original. The blade is 35 3/4" long, and the sword is 42" overall. The guard and pommel are blued steel. The grip is hardwood covered in leather and wire. The hilt is secured with a recessed allen nut.
This is more or less an original hilt design based on a sketch by the client, with lots of interpretation by me.
The hilt is steel with etched details, some of which are brass plated. The quillion tips are my first efforts at 3D Modelling/Printing. I designed and drew them, and then had them printed in Stainless Steel infused bronze. They are silver soldered onto the steel quillions.
The grips is carved wood covered in leather and wire.
The hilt is mounted on an Aluminum rapier blade by the late Jody Samson. It's 5/16" thick, and currently has no distal taper. The owner is going to have the blade reground for better handling.