RIBBED SHELL SWEPT HILT RAPIERAccording to most historians the Rapier first appeared on the sword scene in the late 14th century and held sway in most of Europe until the late 16th century except in Spain where it endured clear into the 18th century. The reason for its long reign as the civilian weapon of choice for self-defense and dueling can be tied to its two major advantages.First its long, slim, double edged blade was ideal for delivering point oriented blows at a great distance while still being able to deliver a stinging cut. And secondly, its continually evolving hilt of rings, bars, quillons, shells, and eventually, an intricately chiseled cup offered excellent protection (especially now that the armored gauntlet had been abandoned) and shed, caught or deflected blows at the sword hand and forearm with great aplomb.Sadly, while never proven ineffective or obsolete, the rapier eventually succumbed to the dictates of fashion and gave way to the emerging small sword. Happily ColdSteel has chosen to revive the Rapier with our own interpretation designed by Dave Baker. The long, narrow blade is combat sharp and beautifully polished with a single wide fuller at the forte to assure perfect balance. The hilt also reflects the best in craftsmanship and materials fashioned from Stainless Steel featuring a classic ribbed shell and multiple bars, quillons and knuckle bow for unparalleled hard protection. The grip itself is made of wood covered with rich black ray skin and decorative wire and terminates in a heavy ribbed pommel that serves as a counter balance to our Rapier's long blade.COMPANION PARRYING DAGGERDesigned to complement our Ribbed Shell Swept Hilt Rapier, our Parrying Dagger offers a long, double edged blade with a stiff, diamond cross section and a sharp point, which makes it ideal for delivering a lethal thrust. In addition to that, it also sports twin, upturned quillons that are expertly angled to catch, trap, and immobilize an opponent's blade. The handle of our dagger is styled to match the correspondingly larger Rapier with its similar wood, ray skin and wire grip, and heavy ribbed pommel.
Coldsteel - 88Chr - Ribbed Shell Swept Hilt Rapier
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