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Re: Rapier

Postby swordflasher » 12 Jan 2016 01:00

Hi Ian,

Makers would include Windlass and Hanwei [Indian and Chinese makers]. You should get something for just over £200

If you are in the UK try the Knight Shop - https://www.theknightshop.com/catalogse ... /?q=rapier

the practical rapier [page 2] should be safe around a toddler, but other rapiers will need to have the tip blunted even if they say unsharpened, should be kept out of reach and would only be safe to practice with on your own, as even a blunt rapier can skewer someone [see below]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2O0sj2kf_g

Here's another UK seller http://www.medieval-weaponry.co.uk/acat ... apier.html

If you are in the States try Kult of Athena - http://www.kultofathena.com/windlass.asp

http://www.kultofathena.com/paulchen.asp

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Re: Rapier

Postby swordflasher » 13 Jan 2016 02:35

Well good luck, Ian. I've not bought through Southern Swords, but do establish they actually have an item in stock before you buy - if they get back to you of course.
Medieval Weaponry is a good supplier I have bought from.
https://www.medieval-weaponry.co.uk/aca ... apier.html

On other sites I'd avoid John Barnett swords as being too horrible to buy, and anything under £100 or not mentioning the maker will probably disappoint.

I have ordered items from Kult of Athena in the States - mentioned in my last post - who are an excellent seller. That will give you more choice, but price will increase with postage and there may be a customs charge. We generally pay one pound for one dollar for swords imported through the States, whether you buy from a seller here or or a seller there.
http://www.kultofathena.com/

Try the drop-down menu of makers on Kult of Athena, and again check Hanwei and Windlass for a large selection.

If you want something you could eventually use for training with others, then the makers below might be a good choice, but you could have to wait up to a few months for it to be made [peter] or one month [darkwood].

http://www.regenyei.com/en_rapier.html

http://www.darkwoodarmory.com/?main_pag ... &cPath=2_5
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Re: Rapier

Postby admin » 17 Jan 2016 09:32

Ian, I'd suggest looking at Danelli Armouries economy cup-hilt rapier. Alternatively, and cheaper, you could look at Hanwei offerings, but Danelli will look more like a real antique if you give it the right treatment - Hanwei hilts are made of stainless alloy, so it's difficult to age them. Though their 'Taza' cup-hilt, which is sharp, does have an antiqued version. Other alternatives are Darkwood and Regenyei.
http://www.antique-swords.co.uk/

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Re: Rapier

Postby admin » 18 Jan 2016 10:45

I'm afraid I have never seen a Cold Steel rapier. I know some of their other swords and they tend to have a modern look and be a bit overweight, but are generally strongly built.
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Re: Rapier

Postby admin » 20 Jan 2016 14:42

Of those three, the Hanwei is definitely the best quality and most historical, in my view.
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