Deepeeka 16th century rapier

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Deepeeka 16th century rapier

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In the Renaissance the sword became more and more a second weapon beside the gun or the pistol. The blades became slimmer, a hilt became more usual than a cross-guard and the point was sharper for good stabbing.

The ricasso, an unpolished part of the blade, became more popular and was often used. One of the most well-known Renaissance swords was the rapier, which was mainly used as a duel and fashion sword. This slim sword already originated in 1470 and changed in a fast stabbing weapon without cutting edges.

This rapier is delivered including a scabbard. A similar model was used in a lot of Christian kingdoms around the 16th century, like Austria of Emperor Maximilian. Its length is 112 cm, it has a blade with a length of 88 cm and its width is 3 cm. It weighs 1,2 kg.

Product details:
Length: 112 cm;
Blade length: 88 cm;
Grip length: 18 cm;
Blade width at guard: 3 cm;
Weight: 1200 g;
Steel type: EN45 spring steel, hardness 48 HRC;
Edge: Semi-sharp;
Tang construction: Full tang construction;
Pommel: Screwed;
Grip wrapping: Wood, Leather;
Based on a historic original: Yes;
Transport weight (in gram): 3000 *

Sharpening service

This item is semi-sharp and designed for decorative purposes. It can be made razor sharp at a surcharge. When using the sharpening service, the return right and warranty expires. The extra delivery time is approx. 2 weeks.

Blunting service

The blade of this sword can be blunted (2,5-3 mm) at a surcharge of €70,00. Please note: although the thickness will be the same as a battle-ready sword, the return right and warranty expires when using the blunting service. Please contact us if you wish to use the blunting service, or make a note at the last step of your shiopping cart. The extra delivery time is approx. 2 weeks.

This item is produced in limited quantities only. This means that every piece is unique. Sizes & finish may vary lightly from piece to piece.

We do not sell this product to customers under the age of 18. Click here for more information on the European arms acts.

Tip: How to adjust the finish of your armour and weaponry
Luxurious (polished)- polish the steel with metal polish or toothpaste. You can even give the item a mirror-like polish. Test on a small surface first!
Handmade (matte)- soak the steel in cola for 40 minutes to 20 hours. Check regularly and treat with black sandpaper.
Antique (patinated) leave the steel to rust for some time in a damp environment, preferably outside. Remove the red layer of rust, to reveal the corroded top layer.

Please note. After finishing the product yourself, the warranty and return right expire. Celtic WebMerchant is not responsible for the obtained result.

Het wapen voelt degelijk aan en heeft een goede balans. De afwerking is goed, maar behoort niet tot de top. Er zitten hier en daar wat slordigheidjes in zoals we vroeger ook in Chinese en Taiwanese producten zagen. Deepeeka moet iets meer aandacht geven aan het richten van de handbeschermer en vooral de pareerstang . Bij mijn exemplaar staan deze iets verbogen naar rechts en sterk verbogen naar achteren. De beschermbeugel voor de hand staat iets schuin naar links. De hoeken van de de stangen waar de kom van is gemaakt mogen net even wat ronder zijn. Deze details zouden het wapen 4 tot 5% duurder maken, maar wel tot serieus reenactment niveau tillen. De kling van mijn exemplaar is goed. Het wapen is goed verpakt en zit goed in de olie. Als Deepeeka die aandacht ook bij de afwerking zouden toepassen dan zou het wapen beslist 5 sterren krijgen. Toch, als je deze details zelf kan uitvoeren is het, zeker gezien de prijs, een goed wapen. Al met al is hij 2 tot 3 maal goedkoper dan een Cas Hanwei. Let op de afwerking Deepeeka, en dan komt het helemaal goed. Ook al zou dit het wapen 20% duurder maken, dan nog zou ik het er voor betalen. Ik gebruik het wapen niet voor gevechten dus ik weet niet wat zijn prestaties hierin zijn. Ik draag hem mee in een semi-reenactment situatie. (reenactment waarbij het niet tot op de "nul-komma-nul-eenste" correct hoeft te zijn, maar de sfeer van die tijd belangrijker is.) Ik heb een redelijke wapenkennis, ben een wedstrijd schermer en ervaren (fijn) metaalbewerker/machine bankwerker/lasser.

Conclusie: goed voor het geld wat hij kost, zeker als je die laatste aandachtspuntjes zelf kan doen.

A solid acquisition. I would honestly rate this rapier a 5 star, but I must also be fair, for those looking for something else. As the story goes, when it comes to deepeeka you never know wether the quality will be good or not. It's a hit or miss, especially when it comes to balance, wight, and construction of the blade. Now, I am by no means an expert, but this rapier seems to me pretty well balanced, it has the right weight, and quite well put together. I have not put it's blade to any rough test though. The reason I cannot rate it a 5 star is it's overall condition. The scabbard had certain scratch marks, even though it was safely packed. The sword presents certain black spots, mainly at the base of the ricasso. The blade itself is (barely noticable) bent. Regardless, I do not consider these to be a problem, especially since the price is not over 200$ (an average, as far as good rapiers are concerned). Overall, it came extremely well packed, oiled, and it's one of the most beautiful blades in my collection so far. When it comes to training with it, this rapier does it's job quite well; I have not used it for sparring though. If a wallhanger is all you want, I would honestly feel bad for the blade's potential...but it does it's decorative function just as well. Keep in mind this all comes from a mere enthusiast, and by no means a sword expert. I warmly recommend this extremely beautiful piece of our history.

4 stars based on 2 reviews
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