This delicate rapier was recreated from a historical catalog drawing. The prototype presumably originated in the Bohemian city of Plzeň. Particularly striking is the basket construction – the quillons, knuckle guard and ribs swing around into a crown knot at the ricasso.
In contrast to the elaborate shape of the basket, the crossguard, grip and pommel are rather simple – a single, fine braided counter-guard between the grip and pommel neck creates a handsome accent. The crossguard is designed like a sword's, and the leather wrapped grip of wood tapers at the pommel like a bottleneck.
With its long, narrow blade, the Bohemian rapier is a flexible thrust weapon, whereas for blows it is very limited. Civilians especially carried these blades in the 16th and 17th centuries as a status symbol, for self defense and for dueling.
The included leather scabbard features a wide, richly decorated chape and throat in floral pattern.
Total length: 114 cm
Blade length: 97 cm
Grip length:11 cm
Weight: 1.0 kg
Blade thickness (base): 6.5 mm
Blade thickness (CoP): 4.4 mm
Blade width (base): 2.4 cm
Blade width (base): 1.0 cm
Point of Balance (PoB): 12 cm
Center of Percussion (CoP): 34.5 cm
Scabbard: 95 cm