The carriage clatters over cobbled streets, its clangour at odds with your hammering pulse. Drawing a silver watch from your pocket, you mark with distaste the tremor of your hand.
Were this any other duel, the blood would run hot in your veins. You would relish the rush of impending danger, and wear it proudly as you descended the carriage steps.
Tonight, however, is the night you hoped would never come – even as you knew it would. Even as you slipped into the sweet, forbidden embrace of the woman betrothed to your brother. The woman you’d loved since childhood.
As the hoofbeat staccato slows, you lift the black-hilted rapier from the seat beside you and brush the pommel to your lips.
“Forgive me, brother,” you whisper.
Our bespoke Dioscuri rapiers start at £800 plus postage.
The left-handed Arcadia variant boasts long downturned quillons, an ovoid pommel and a filled port pierced with a pattern of stars and hearts. The grip is wrapped with brass and copper braided wires, finished with Turk’s head knots to the top and bottom.
This steely variant is a close fit to the original Dioscuri rapier in terms of specs, but the aesthetics have been tweaked to fit our client’s fancy: The hilt and pommel are polished to a satin steel finish, while the grip is covered in twisted brass and steel wire, giving the whole a proud military appearance.
The blade of this left-handed Dioscuri variant is made from sturdy 8mm stock, and stands at 45″ long – 3″ longer than the original. Despite these increases, the sword as a whole is only 30g heavier, and as nimble in the hand as its predecessor.
The blackened furniture provides an elegant backdrop for the standout detail of this sword: a 6-wire complex wire-wrapped grip, featuring twisted copper and steel wire in a variety of patterns.
A bespoke update on the original, this sparring rapier features a blade made from 8mm stock giving a degree of stiffness for verdadera destreza practice, while maintaining a safe flex. It also has a more developed hilt, incorporating a third bar into the counter guard for increased thumb protection.
Aesthetically, it benefits from a pointed arch to the quillon block, and hand-carved detailing to the inner of the quillons. The grip is wrapped in braided copper wire, while the furniture is oil blackened to an antique finish.
An elegant answer to sharp simulators, these experimental rapiers feature stiff blades with delicate cross-filing along each edge of the foible, ensuring an instant and enduring bind when the two swords meet.
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