This is the 7th item I have purchased from Museum Replicas Limited. This Rapier is an excellent sword. The hilt is practical and provides a complex twisted steel basket to protect the hand. The pommel is fat and has weight to balance the blade. The double edged blade is well made and has correct flex and spring. The sheath is well made with very pretty etched hardware. It never ceases to amaze me that people complain about their purchases from Museum Replicas Limited. For all practical purposes they are only paying for the materials to build an edged weapon. Especially at Deal Of The Day prices A custom built sword would cost in the many hundreds or thousands of dollars to have made. I have yet to receive a perfectly made weapon made by Windlass Steelcrafts with no flaws. I have the ability to repair or make better small imperfections. Keep up the good work and good prices and I will keep buying your products.
I am a big fan of Windless Steel and have rated every one of my blades with five stars, but not this time. The pictures show a mated hilt and scabbard, but the ricasso has roughly two inches exposed between the basket and quillions and the scabbard, exposing the blade to moisture and rust. The woven basket/knots are not symmetrical, and do not provide an exact fit when the blade is in the scabbard. The blade is irregular showing tool marks, although the line is true within acceptable tolerances, but one quillion has burring and striations that snag on fabric and abraid skin. The pommel shows pitting, and the scabbard is made up of two thin pieces of leather, stitched loosely under a connecting band of matched leather. The blade is heavier than expected for a dueling weapon, and is slow on recovery. I got this as a "Deal of the Day," as I did with the Brandenburg Rapier (5 stars), and it is worth it, if the original was actually priced at $125.00. So that we're clear, I own a Brandenburg Rapier, Stiklstad Viking and Costille Swords, a Seax and a Kindjal, all of which I have rated with five stars. I'm happy to have the Pilsen Rapier in my collection, but this is assuredly not up to Windlass Steel's otherwise impeccable standards.
It's an absolutely beautiful sword. Everything fits tightly and the sword is very well balanced in my hand. The only criticism is that the scabbard and the hilt don't match (grey leather hilt, brown scabbard), but that is a very minor complaint.