A Comparison of Late 16th to Early 17th Century Rapiers with Modern Reproductions

This paper presents a comparison of original period rapiers from 1590-1620 with modern reproductions for historical fencing use. After the definition of relevant parameters follows a description of each weapon with detailed measurements including blade cross section profiles for seven original period rapiers and five modern rapiers. These measurements clearly show, that on average, historical originals are longer, heavier and exhibit a stronger ricasso and forte than modern weapons, which strongly influences handling and therefore the possible style of fencing.

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Title: A Comparison of Late 16th to Early 17th Century Rapiers with Modern Reproductions
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Date: 2015
Language: English
Author: Florian Fortner, Julian Schrattenecker
Size: 28 pages, 8.4MB

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