Divorced from its source, the moonlight hangs heavy, yet somehow insubstantial. It is as if the entire cathedral is composed of blue-tinged light and shadow: the cool gloom of the pews, the patterns burned in brilliant white onto the tomb-strewn floor.
You glance up at the immense rose window filtering the light, all tapering triskeles in an endless round. Then your gaze is drawn downward, to the cloaked figure you knew would be waiting at the altar rail. You wonder what he prays for – victory? Or forgiveness?
The figure turns, heavy cowl falling away from his face, and you see that his hands were folded not in prayer, but around the hilt of a slender, serpentine sword.
In the dappled moonlight, the flamberge blade looks like a tongue of silver flame, alarming and otherworldly. Entranced, you move closer, hand fluttering toward your own hilt.
So consumed are you by the rapier’s cold fire, you don’t notice the dagger until it’s too late.
Fierce in the bind, these flamberge weapons add an extra element of control to the parry. While both sword and dagger welcome the bind, their hilts provide thorough hand cover, boosting confidence in close work.
While a flamberge blade necessarily creates a weightier sword, the hollow grind alleviates the effect of this added weight, resulting in a nimble balance.
The rapier features two pappenheimer style plates, pierced with an intricate rose window design, and sweeping up into a recurved knuckleguard. The parrying dagger’s sail matches the piercework of the plates, and compliments the downward-swooping quillons.
Similar bespoke sets start at £1,000 plus postage, and increase based on complexity.
Both pieces feature rose window-style pierced plates, which have been oil-blackened to a matte finish, along with the hardened crossguards and pommels. The hardwood grips are wrapped in twisted steel wire.
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