Love this sword! I had originally bought the Deschaux rapier, but it turned out to be too long and heavy for my build (I'm about 5'9"). This one feels perfect and looks great. The handle on the Deschaux looks more dramatic, but the handle on the Swept-Hilt I received had some nice natural color to it, not the plastic looking white like in the photo. The handle is fairly thin, so if you have big hands it may feel too small to control, but again, I'm a smaller dude, so if works for me quite well. I also got the Deschaux left hand dagger, which looks great with this sword. The blade style is identical, and the handle is close enough to look appropriate. The dagger is being discontinued, so grab one soon if you want a nice looking set.
August 02, 2017
I really like this rapier, the balance is amazing. The bone grip has a very nice white color, the swept hilt has a finished steel look and doesn't have the chrome look, like in pics, which is very nice. I am really hoping for more throw back swords like this in the future, such as the Arras rapier, Spanish fluted cup hilt, there are many nice models that should be brought back. It would be impossible to find as nice a model for the price. Many Kudos!!!!
March 27, 2017
Ultimately this blade turned out better then I was expecting. One of the pictures on this site shows the blade with very ugly looking lines on it, but what I received was well made, and very obviously hand forged. The only possible complaint is that the temper of the steel wasn't great, because it turned out a little bit more bendy then I feel would be optimal.
For the price however, 5 stars!!
For those considering this sword, here are a few observations:
*The Pommel is Peened.
(This is good for historical accuracy and durability.)
*Bone handle not terribly bleached.
(Expected whiter, but natural looking is good.)
*Guard and Handle larger then expected.
(This is good, sized for actual use.)
*Blade bends a little too much.
(Often swords like this are described as "Whippy".)
*Blade returns to True after a bend.
(Quality high carbon tempered steel.)
*Distal Taper is present.
(Not only tapers in width but in thickness, this is good.)
*Scabbard is tight fitting.
(A rare quality for swords of this price.)
*Scabbard has no wood core.
(Aside from a bit of wood at the top, entirely leather.)
March 07, 2017
Swift, light and as agile as a light-saber; this beautiful rapier is top of line and a real eye-pleasing addition to anyone's sword collection.
February 17, 2017
Wanted this years ago and missed out. My wife got the repop for me for Valentine's Day! Excellent quality with an even, regular blade and excellent temper (I bent the heck out of it; returned to True). Fits well in the scabbard. This was the rapier I wanted, and it's a great blade.
February 14, 2017