“They can’t live with each other, and they can’t live without each other”, your mother always said, laughing over her lace-edged fan. If only she could see you now, you think bitterly.
Brothers, and twins at that, you’ve always shared your passions. You recall those early years of swordplay in the cobbled yard, star-pierced swords glinting alike in the evening light, laughter giving way to shouts of frustration as every feint was foiled.
But there are certain passions that will not be shared, and when you returned home to rumours of your brother and your betrothed, there was only one honourable path to take.
Before you strap your black-hilted rapier to your side, you brush your lips against the lucky star on its pommel. You know beyond doubt that on the other side of the city, your brother does the same.
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.
While we don’t create rapiers as a standard offering, working on this custom concept in conjunction with a friend was a fascinating endeavour.
The oil-blackened guard is modelled on late 17th Century transitional rapiers, and features a closed port with star-shaped piercework. This decoration is replicated on the tips of the flared and flattened quillons. The grip is wrapped in twisted steel wire, and the blackened pommel is finished with star-shaped etching around the nut.
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