Sword in hand, you round on your opponent, savouring the surprise in his eyes. Normally he is the active partner, goading, challenging, while you hold back. You are content to parry and riposte, working him out like a riddle until an opportunity for attack is only too obvious.
But the weight and the want of the war rapier tug you from your comfort zone, urging decisive action. You watch instinctive fear give way to fascination as, by degree, your partner falls in step with your new dance.
You narrowly sidestep a cut to the right and, drunk on new-found authority, close in on him with a triumphant grin. He has no choice but to step backwards, pinned against the rack of weapons by the tip of your blade.
“Give in,” you murmur, enjoying the moment. “Admit that you never stood a chance.”
But now it’s his turn to serve a sparkling smile as he brings his left hand up and knocks your blade away with the flat of a dagger. The black-bar ribcage of the main gauche’s hilt rebounds to meet your jaw with a thud. Too late it dawns on you that he must have snatched it from the weapons rack while you gloated.
“Not this time, old friend,” he smiles as he stalks past you.
A near-twin to our celebrated Sauvage sword, this war rapier likewise takes its cues from the Wallace Collection’s A535. The main difference is a custom-sized grip, to give its wielder optimum comfort and control.
A matching alehouse dagger completes the set, featuring a unique barwork pattern based on our client’s design. The hilt follows the general aesthetic of the A535 with swollen quillon terminals and a closed, pierced port, making for an unmistakable set. The crab-claw quillons offer opportunity to gain control of an opponent’s blade, while the barwork sail both protects the hand and packs a punch in close measure.
A similar bespoke set would come to upward of £1200 plus shipping
The hand-forged, heat-treated guards of both sword and dagger are oil blackened to a matte finish. The front ports are filled, and pierced with a historically inspired pattern of stars and rounds. The central section of the sword’s counterguard is likewise filled and pierced.
The oval grips are made from oak, and finished in a steel wire wrap with Turks head knots to top and bottom. The oil blackened pommels take the form of large spheres, and are finished with rounded nuts.
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