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Rapier Final
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Published: April 30, 2006
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The latest entry in my ongoing series of historically authentic(ish) swords. The rapier was primarily a 17th century gentleman's sword, used for fencing and dueling. With a long, thin blade and a heavier hilt (often helped by elaborate guard designs), the centre of balance is almost right on the palm of the hand. Thus rapiers rely more on wrist control than on the upper arm, and are therefore held at arm's length instead of in a raised ready position. Designed primarily for quick, thrusting moves, most rapiers still had double-edged blades.

This is a complete version of an earlier work in progress: [link]

Changes made since the WIP:
- Pommel is now flanged
- blade is narrower at the base
- ricasso is wider and tapers less
- hilt arms have been tweaked for elegance and clipping issues
- completely redone quillon block
- grip wire retextured
- ricasso block removed, small port added

Modelled & rendered in Cinema 4D
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Comments (7)
JulietOnFire's avatar
JulietOnFire|Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!! This looks exactly like my rapier. :D
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BleysOfAmber's avatar
Lol, I commented on the work in progress, but you've already fixed the stuff I commented on. Way ahead of me :D
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Lord-Cudgel's avatar
I think you made me soil myself.
its gorgeous. And that is comoing from somenone who dislikes the rapier.
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Manveruon|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's great to find someone who actually knows a little about 17th century weaponry! This is a gorgeous rendering! I have to say though, even though this is probably more historically accurate, I kind of like the design on the first one better. Not sure why. Still, this whole series is fantastic!
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JohnMKimmins's avatar
b-e-a-utiful
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RecharuKua's avatar
;D Awesomeness!
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