Arms and Armor
|Overall Length:||40.25 inches|
|Blade Length:||34 inches|
|Point of Balance:||4.5 inches from cross|
|Center of Percussion:||22 inches from cross|
|Blade width at cross:||1.9 inches|
|Blade width 2 inches from tip:||0.5 inches|
Performance Review: As its name implies this sword is a rapier and as such handles like most of Arms and Armor rapiers. That is to say that the sword has extremely good point control but is not a cutting weapon at all. I believe that for rapier fencing this sword would handle admirably. For swash buckling you would need to look elsewhere.
Appearance: This sword appears to be identical in practically every way to Arms and Armor's current offering the "Serenissima Rapier." The only difference that I can see visually is that the Serenissima has a slightly different pommel. There may be an update to the handling characteristics I couldn't say since I have never had a Serenissima in hand to this point. In any respect this sword has an understated sort of elegance about it, in an understated sort of way tha tone does not often see in most high end rapiers. Instead of the fancy complex and highly decorated hilts that one finds on many of A&A's rapier offerings we instead find a simple cross slightly twisted in the horizontal plane with a single knuckle brow. Despite its simplicity the Venetian that I handled was nicely done with Arms and Armor's usual attention to detail.
Conclusion: This sword is a true rapier but lacks many of the frills often associated with the genre. This sword is no longer offered by Arms and Armor although they do offer an updated version called the Serenissima Rapier. I would not hesitate to pick one of these swords up on the secondary market were it to become available.