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Gary B. Ledford




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PostPosted: Sat 14 Jan, 2012 10:12 pm    Post subject: Historical basis for Windlass Pilsen Rapier?         Reply with quote

I bought the Windlass Pilsen Rapier, and it is a nice little sword. However, from what I have seen, the historical basis for this sword with Hercules knots on both sides of the hilt was a German riding sword (Reitschwert) rather than a rapier.

I am considering using the hilt for a cut and thrust type sword, but before I modify it (like all Windlass swords it need a bit of work) I wanted to make sure I keep it as historical as possible. The Pilsen has Hercules knots on both sides of the hilt; I am considering removing the knot from one side, and replacing it with double side-rings, like the Arms and Armor reitschwert.

I have not been able to find any examples of historical swords with similar Hercules knots on the guards, only the Arms and Armor reitschwert. Does anyone know of any pictures of historical swords with this type of knotwork on the guard?

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Gary B. Ledford




Location: Southern California
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PostPosted: Sun 05 Feb, 2012 10:22 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Bump. Bueller?
Beware the Jabberwock my son,
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
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Lewis Ballard




Location: Houston, TX
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PostPosted: Sun 05 Feb, 2012 1:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Gary, quite frequently these questions take a day or two before someone with the right knowledge to answer comes along. Fear not!
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Federico Tyrawskyj





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PostPosted: Wed 05 Dec, 2012 8:20 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Bump because I've been wondering about the same thing since I saw the Pilsen!
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