Arms and Armor

Writhen Rapier

Overall Length: 44 inches
Blade Length: 33.5 inches
Point of Balance: 5 inches from cross
Center of Percussion: 24 inches from cross
Weight: 2.8 lbs
Cross length: 8 inches
Blade width at cross: 1 inches
Blade width 2 inches from tip: 0.5 inches

Performance Review: The Arms and Armor Writhen rapier has much the same handling characteristics as the Bohemian or Italian Rapiers from Arms and Armor that I've handled. That is to say do not purchase this sword if your idea of rapier fencing is what you have seen in a Three Musketeers movie or sport fencing. With the point of balance 5 inches out on the blade of this sword it is not a slashing or swash buckling weapon. It is however a fine rapier if used as historically rapiers were used. It has very nice point control, a stiff thrusting blade and a well formed tip as well as excellent hand protection.

Appearance: In my opinion this rapier is the flagship of the Arms and Armor rapier line. Although that line features such notable, pieces as the Gustav Vasa rapier, the German rapier, and the Milanese rapier which are all stunning in their own right, the Writhen rapier is the beauty queen of the bunch. The roped writhen furniture stands out in a crowd and turns heads. This particular piece was nicely done. The pommel and complex swept hilt had no casting flaws and the wire wrap was nicely done. The juncture at the point between blade and cross has a nice tight tolerannce and the blade itself is perfectly straight without ripple or tool mark.

Conclusion: The Writhen rapier is a showboat, albeit a functional showboat. This sword is probably no more functional than any of the other rapiers in the Arms and Armor catalogue, indeed as a slasher it it far outshown by other pieces like the German rapier. However, the Writhen is unmatched in aesthetic appeal, a true show piece.