The Countess Rapier

∴ An Elegant Solution∴

“The Countess will see you shortly,” says the footman, bowing curtly and turning on his heel. You exhale, and the empty room swallows the sound. 

You’ve heard the stories about the crumbling schloss and its sole inhabitant – about how the Countess held her dead husband’s brother off at swordpoint when he challenged her right to the castle. You don’t suppose there’s much truth to the matter, nor do intend to find out. Yet your father insisted you present yourself to your evasive great aunt, and so you must.

Something catches your eye on the velvet-cushioned window seat.  A slender rapier blade emerges from a pierced black hilt, its severe beauty strangely offset by the nonchalance of its placement.

Casting a quick glance around you, you pad across the polished floor and slip your hand into the hilt. The first thing that strikes you is its lightness. How effortlessly it cuts the air, leaving you uncertain as to whether you guide the blade or it guides you.

The second thing you notice – and all too late – is the black-silk-clad figure watching from the doorway.

∴ Specs ∴

Our customer requested a super-light rapier, coming in at under 1kg, while still offering adequate hand protection for ambidextrous use. To create a compromise between dexterity and durability, we turned to the Pappenheimer hilt.

Sturdy bars join the traditional Pappenheimer plates to the quillons, increasing the structural integrity of the hilt as a whole. Every gram counts in such a lightweight weapon, and heavy piercing removed 40g from the plates, bringing the total weight to exactly 1000g.

Similar bespoke rapiers are available from £450

 

 

  • Weight: 1000g
  • Total length: 121cm
  • Blade length: 107cm
  • Blade width: 1.5cm
  • Guard length: 6cm
  • Grip length: 8.5cm
  • Pommel length: 4cm
  • Quillon span: 24cm
  • Point of Balance: 11cm
  • Sparring-safe edges, flex and swollen tip

 

 

∴ Notes ∴

The pappenheimer hilt is heavily pierced and oil blackened. The hardwood grip is wrapped in twisted steel wire

∴ Gallery ∴

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