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Del Tin Late 16th Century Rapier

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$742.45

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Crafted by Del Tin of Italy, this Late 16th Century Rapier has an unsharpened blade of Chrome-Vanadium steel that has been tempered to a Rockwell Hardness of 50. The complex guard and pommel are of cast, antique-finished steel. The hardwood grip is surmounted by two cast brass knotwork wire ferrules. The grip is wrapped in antique finished brass wire.

The rapier was the Renaissance swordsmith’s response to demand for a light, civilian weapon that could be used in tight alleys, urban streets and duels. Though commonly associated with nobles, the rapier was used by men of many classes. It is a blade design given almost wholly to thrusting attacks – ideal for tight spaces. Long and slender, the blade in conjunction with good thrusting technique had plenty of reach to keep the foe at bay. The thrusting attack, while creating wounds not as outwardly impressive as slashing weapons, were usually the more dangerous, and fatal of the two. Even a wound of a few inches was difficult to treat and critical organs lie not far beneath the skin.

The fighting qualities of the rapier further emphasized the swordsman’s need for timing and skillful strikes, for little strength was needed to make a killing thrust to an unarmored enemy with the rapier – thus its contemporary swordsmanship schools emphasized these qualities. Rapier fighting however, was not just timing and distance control, for its manuals show ample evidence of more brutish grappling, kicking and hilt strikes.

Overall Length42 1/2''
Blade Length36 1/2''
Weight2 lb 15.3 oz
EdgeUnsharpened
Width30.6 mm - 36.8 mm
Thickness6 mm - 3.1 mm
PommelPeened
P.O.B.4 1/4''
Grip Length3 1/4''
Blade [Chrome-Vanadium Steel]
TypeRapier
ClassBattle Ready
ManufacturerDel Tin
Country of OriginItaly

1 review for Del Tin Late 16th Century Rapier

  1. Boris S.

    Looks and feels great First of all, the sword is beautiful. The details on the hilt assembly are very nice, and they don’t make the sword look less functional. That is unlike the hilts of fantasy swords, which I don’t like at all (but that is just my personal opinion).
    The construction feels solid. Handling, balance and weight are good. The grip can potentially be a bit short. I am an average-sized guy, and it fits well in my hand, but only just. I’m guessing it could be small for a large man in a thick glove.
    One thing I didn’t like about the sword is the point. It is blunted in such a way that makes it look like a butter knife. From looking at the official KoA photos, this seems to be standard in many kinds of Del Tin swords. I have no idea why they do it. I filed the point to make it look sharper, and I m happy with the final result (but I wouldn’t recommend modding a 675$ sword without any experience in metalworking, and I do not take any responsibility for the results).
    Overall, the sword looks and feels great (except for tiny flaw of the point). I give it 4.9/5 .

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