Introduction: Three-quarter Hilt Rapier

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This is a sword I made. I constructed the guard, grip and pommel from scratch, and put it on stage-combat rapier blade. Everything was made of steel, shaped with an oxy-acetylene torch, MIG welder, grinders and various files. The grip is a piece of wood with a carved design which was wire-wrapped, and then hammered to reveal the design.


zglynn (author)2011-09-23

my name is Enigo Montoya you killed my father prepare to die.

Sqidman31 (author)zglynn2016-01-28

was your father named Domingo Montoya?

electridanger (author)zglynn2011-11-08

my father was killed by a man with five fingers on his right hand...

curvy77 (author)electridanger2011-11-25

no it wasent me it was the one armed man!

Dakota Joel98 (author)2014-07-31

Plz make a tutorial this is an amazing build

blacksmithkid (author)2013-11-24

Please make a tutorial

Mr.Hyde (author)2013-01-14

Wow! I'd really like to know how to do this

TheStarWizard (author)2012-09-28

Beautiful! I'm sure it was a lot of work. If you ever build another, please do an Instructable.

Just curious... where did you get your training? What is your background, if you don't mind my asking.

Keep up the great work!


Beautiful wedding too! Congrats!

didgitalpunk (author)2011-12-11

i love the handle

SWV1787 (author)2011-04-13

I think the pommel looks too heavy to me, but I really like the guard.

Eric Hart (author)SWV17872011-04-13

In a stage-combat sword like this one, the balance point wants to be around where the grip meets the blade. It gives the actor more control over stopping the blade mid-swing should something go wrong. A heavy pommel helps achieve that.

didgitalpunk (author)Eric Hart2011-12-11

good to know

ninja of suburbia (author)2011-04-28

Would you consider actually going through the process again and creating an instructable on it? I personally would greatly appreciate it, and I'm sure others would as well. This is one of two swords on this site that I would actually consider combat grade. This is an excellent quality sword. If you did do an instructable, would you consider doing a full-hilt rapier? ;)

nerd12 (author)ninja of suburbia2011-09-17

what is the other sword?

ninja of suburbia (author)nerd122011-09-23

The Sword-hilted Broken-back Seax, by ben potter.

nerd12 (author)ninja of suburbia2011-09-23

i saw that one. he litrally wrote a book there were so many instructions. what about the rivited sword of the monkey

ninja of suburbia (author)nerd122011-09-23

That one is not quite combat grade. He needs more practice in swordsmithing in general, and especially in his hammer work. overall, as a blacksmith myself, i would have to give the sword a c+. not because of any one thing, but numerous moderate things like the blade not tempered correctly, the shoddy hammer work, the finish work, all of these add up to a servicable but not overly good sword. Personally, i wouldn't dream of using it in combat. he's on the right track, but he just needs to refine his technique and study his metallurgy a bit more.

nerd12 (author)ninja of suburbia2011-09-24

in this sword he just shows the hilt. i think it is a work of beauty but how can you know that it is combat grade or not.

ninja of suburbia (author)nerd122011-09-25

this one? he shows the full blade in the 4th pic. also, from the close ups of the hilt, you can see the ricasso, the most important part of the blade, since it provides the strength needed to prevent the blade shearing off at the hilt. Since I have worked quite a bit with steel, including forging and casting, I can actually tell by the textures of the guard and the blade. this blade is not a mirror finished piece, which proves it is not stainless steel (and thus not a cheap factory made blade) and provides three possibilities. first, it is handmade and hand polished, and as such is combat grade, two, it is a refurbished blade, and the only blades worth refurbishing are hand forged blades (which are almost always combat grade, the only exceptions are ceremonial swords.) or three, it is a high-quality steel factory made blade, specifically made to be combat grade. Also, he stated that this piece was mounted onto a stage combat rapier blade. stage combat blades are high quality steel blades, and the only real difference between stage combat blades and live combat blades is the sharpness of the age. Therefore, I conclude that this blade is a combat grade piece.

i acknowlegde, this is mighty fine craftswork! indeed a shame no instructable is done.anyhow, nice work!

nerd12 (author)2011-09-17

nice hilt! please post instructable on it
please post instructable on it

cairparavel (author)2011-04-17

My name is Enigo Montoya, you killed my father....prepare to die!

Mattrox (author)cairparavel2011-04-23


Biggsy (author)2011-04-13

This is beautiful... welldone , I would love to see it as a full instructable though :)

Eric Hart (author)Biggsy2011-04-13

Thanks! I would have done a full instructable, but I don't have any process shots. I built this about seven years ago.

Biggsy (author)Eric Hart2011-04-14

ah right, well I think it looks very nice anyway :)

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Bio: I build props. I've built props for theatre, including Broadway, off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, regional and educational theatre. I've also built props for opera, retail ... More »
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