The Castilia Rapier

∴ A Soldier’s Return∴

The parched grass is warm beneath your bare feet, just as you knew it would be. Leaving your leather boots by the roadside, you savour the sensation and venture deeper between the vines.

Each pleached row points toward the same horizon, a dozen dusty avenues reaching toward the declining sun and the dusk-drenched fortress. Low, square, yet somehow statuesque the structure stands semi-silhouetted, a smattering of almond trees tenaciously clinging to its sloping side.

On impulse you draw your sword. The wire-wrapped grip and faceted pommel slip into your palm like the hand of a lover, and the blackened bars provide as much protection as any fort. Its call has been the closest thing to home for all these years – and yet here you are. Back where you started.

With a bittersweet smile you raise the blade before you, and let it point your way home.

∴ Specs ∴

Creating a sword that combines a client’s aesthetic interests with their fencing requirements is always an exciting challenge. This fencer favoured a strong military style including square bars, significant hand coverage and a 44″ blade. She also required a lightweight weapon with a hilt suited to smaller hands.

The result is a weapon that’s imposing to look at yet nimble to handle, its ambidextrous hilt specifically shaped to protect and complement a smaller hand. The smaller grip allows the pommel to nestle into the palm, offering greater control over the long blade and contributing to a finely-tuned balance.

 

 

  • Total length: 123cm
  • Blade length: 44″
  • Blade width: 2cm at base
  • Grip length: 7cm
  • Grip and pommel length: 12cm
  • Quillon span: 28cm
  • Point of Balance: 10.5cm
  • Weight: 1220g
  • Sparring-safe edges, flex and swollen tip

 

 

 

∴ Notes ∴

The hardened furniture is blackened to a matte finish, and the protective plates are pierced with a pattern of stars and diamonds. The pear-shaped pommel is hand-carved into facets, and the hardwood grip is finished in twisted wire.

 

 

∴ Gallery ∴

 

 

Ready for a rapier that fits your fencing style? Get in touch to discuss your ideas.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: