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Danny Nguyen




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PostPosted: Thu 14 Jan, 2016 10:50 am    Post subject: Rapier Blade selection         Reply with quote

Hi I found 2 different rapier blades from

http://m.ebay.ca/itm/CAS-Hanwei-PC1061-Rapier...nav=SEARCH or

http://www.medieval-fightclub.com/products/Sw...lank.html.

What would be best for SCA cut and thrust rapier? I am planning to make a complete sword out of these. I have experience and tools to cast the hilt and pommel out of brass or bronze. As well as wood and leather for the grip.
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Shahril Dzulkifli




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PostPosted: Fri 15 Jan, 2016 7:19 am    Post subject: Re: Rapier Blade selection         Reply with quote

I don't know which type of blade should I recommend you, Danny.
“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength”

- Marcus Aurelius
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Jesse Belsky
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PostPosted: Sat 16 Jan, 2016 7:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You might consider Darkwood Armory or Castille Armory. Castille specializes in SCA legal weapons, and sells bare blades.
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Danny Nguyen




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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jan, 2016 7:39 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Darkwood Armory is too expensive as their blade is of comparable price to some complete swords from zenwarrior . And Castille don't sale cut and thrust variants.
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Jesse Belsky
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PostPosted: Tue 19 Jan, 2016 8:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well, Darkwood and Castille are definitely a higher quality/price point.

Castille's website says this of their "Crossover" Blade": Slightly heavier and stiffer than the standard rapier blades, these have the same features with a wider profile. Crossover blades are designed to meet the flex requirements for both Rapier and Cut & Thrust, HEMA and WMA combat. These blades have a 3″ ricasso.

The medieval fight club blade you linked in your first post looks like an imported wallhanger blade to me. I have no personal experience with it, but I wouldn't buy one unless you can find someone to vouch for it.

I mount that Hanwei blade on all kinds of stage combat weapons, and I like it a lot. At it's full length it's a little floppy. I can't comment on how the SCA feels about it. Kult of Athena has a better price on it than your ebay link, and they also sell the 43" long version: http://www.kultofathena.com/bareblades.asp
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Danny Nguyen




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PostPosted: Thu 04 Feb, 2016 7:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I decided to buy a sword from zenwarrior after hearing good reviews about them. Now what blade length would be appropriate for someone who is 5'9 and 140lbs?
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