Three-quarter Hilt Rapier

About: 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 display and exhibitions.

Intro: Three-quarter Hilt Rapier

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.



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    27 Discussions


    8 months ago

    The only thing i really enjoyed from this post is the comments of those 4 guys about Montoya.The sword is nice, the infos about making it just don't exist.


    Reply 2 years ago

    was your father named Domingo Montoya?


    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!

    Eric HartSWV1787

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    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? ;)

    6 replies

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

    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.

    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.

    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.