Our Lombardy Rapier is elegant and deadly. This is one of our favorite pieces because of the way all of the hilt elements come together to create a stunning whole. It's something that's really hard to appreciate via pictures alone, so we made this video showing it up close and from every angle.
This sword is a replica of a late 16th century piece in the Museo Poldi Pezzoli in Milan. The hilt features two sweeps and a ring on the outside, and a triple branch guard on the inside. The quillions are just about 10 inches long, and the blade is a stiff, diamond-sectioned, fullered blade 38.5 inches long and about .75 inches wide.
Another view of the Lombardy Rapier
Like all of our products, we make this stuff by hand in our shop in Minneapolis, MN. USA. Check it out!
Nathan Clough, Ph.D. is Vice President of Arms and Armor and a member of the governing board of The Oakeshott Institute. He is a historical martial artist and a former university professor of cultural geography. He has given presentations on historical arms at events including Longpoint and Combatcon, and presented scholarly papers at, among others, The International Congress on Medieval Studies.
Craig Johnson is the Production Manager of Arms and Armor and Secretary of The Oakeshott Institute. He has taught and published on the history of arms, armor and western martial arts for over 30 years. He has lectured at several schools and Universities, WMAW, HEMAC, 4W, and ICMS at Kalamazoo. His experiences include iron smelting, jousting, theatrical combat instruction and choreography, historical research, European martial arts and crafting weapons and armor since 1985