HEMA/SCA Rapier makers
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NameCountryEconomy line
Fixed designs (mid to high range)
CustomsWaiting time
Website / Facebook
Notes (and comments from selected fencers)
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Yes/NopriceYes/Noprice (range)Yes/NoStarting at
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AlchemUSANo-Yes200-400 USDYes
4 months (Sept19)
http://www.alcheminc.com/longblades.html?fbclid=IwAR0XV-lLFtQQKyFhr5kxGYFeTejRGRR79KOpJxdfy_AaDWmOm_ARE3FCusE
Very durable, safe swords, though lacking in historically accurate aesthetics and construction. Tend to be on the heavier end.
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Armas Medievales
SpainNo-Yes
http://www.alcheminc.com/longblades.html?fbclid=IwAR0XV-lLFtQQKyFhr5kxGYFeTejRGRR79KOpJxdfy_AaDWmOm_ARE3FCusE
Basic, but well-made, durable, good balance.
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Armory MarekNo(?)-Yes(?)-Yes-More known from reenactment, but can (apparently) also produce rapiers for HEMA/SCA. Make sure to specify this.
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Arms & ArmorUSANo-Yes700+ USDYes-
4 months (Sept19)
https://www.arms-n-armor.com/
Very good reputation.
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Artesano-Espadero Toledano Adrián Polonio
Spain
https://desdetoledoconamor.com/74-adrian-polonio
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Balefire BladesUKNo-YesYesyes
https://balefireblades.com/
Former blade maker and pupil for Danelli. Good weapons, good balance, good quality.
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BellatoreSpainNo-YesYes
https://www.facebook.com/Bellatoreswords/?hc_location=ufi
Good reviews.
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BlackfencerSpainYes (nylon)YesYes?
https://blackfencer.com/en/19-rapiers-and-sideswords-synthetic?fbclid=IwAR2XA-86E732w0vuJ3nnXm4DHvPEJOKULJ5auz5PK9ADMm1hGA5S7E4Imyk
Best known for their synthetics (decent as club blades and for beginners; not a full replacement for steel), Blackfencer now produces steel swords too.
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BlossPolandNo-Yes275-325 EURYes
https://bloss.pl/shop/?fbclid=IwAR2vY99Xyz5X6zjrev6c9TYFPa8_etaG8lGbHM9oN2rbQEM-Xp4fdikvdIQ
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Castille ArmoryUSAYesYesYesyes
https://castillearmory.com/
Economy, build your own, customs. Weapons tend to be light, but good quality/value. If possible, order a hilt with extended ("standard") quillon block.
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Cold SteelUSANo-Yes600+ USDNo-Sharp swords only. Brand generally known for durability more than balance.
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Danelli Armouries
UK (Italy)YesYesyes
http://www.danelliarmouries.com/
Currently defunct, potential future restart announced in Sept. 2019. Great weapons with good balance, and quality.
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Darkwood Armory
USAYes325 USDYes500+ USDYes500+ USD
http://www.darkwoodarmory.com/
Was the de-facto standard for a long time. Good blades, decent balance, and great custom hiltwork.
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Del TinItalyNo-Yes450+ EUR?
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Dynamo fencing
UkrainNo-Yes165+ EUR?
https://www.facebook.com/dynamofencing/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARBYv8hb6TiKiCN12yzafpO0E_XUDLDolbVhma_dbHsUKtyFFs4lfPiXzZmnpePikRHr9uQsUg71L8k5
Earlier models were heavy and poorly balanced, have not handled later versions. Durability and flex ok.
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Fabri ArmorumCzech RepublicNo-Yes200+ EURYes?
https://www.fabri-armorum.com/en/c/swords-of-modern-times/
Probably quite heavy. Producer better known for reenactment swords. Unknown flexibility.
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Filo VerdaderoSpainYes200 EURYesYes
https://www.facebook.com/filoverdadero/
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HanweiChinaNo-YesNo-Very variable quality. Practical Cuphilt can be good. Practical swep hilt either very short (37") or heavy and whippy (43") blade.
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Jesse BelskyUSA
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Kvetun Armoury
RussiaNo-YesYes
https://kvetun-armoury.com/rapier/?fbclid=IwAR1c3mI41RhpzMUbBzdsrDp9iP-uPnVq4vDgnGrb_w-mi3_Vjz8Xy1FkBM4
Standard blade and hilt relatively thin at the ricasso, affecting grip. Otherwise, good balance, flex etc
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Malleus Martialis
ItalyNo-Yes330 EUR?yes
http://malleusmartialis.com/
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Pavel MocCzech RepublicNo-YesYes?
https://www.facebook.com/PavelMocSwords/
1200g rapier with PoB at 9-10 cm; somewhat heavy compared to some other makes, but with excellent balance. Good weapon, good quality.
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Pike ArmoryRussiaNo-Yes200+ EURYes
https://www.facebook.com/groups/202906700459029/
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Poker ArmoryPolandNo-Yes200+ EUR
https://www.facebook.com/pokerarmory/
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RegenyeiHungaryYes
https://www.regenyei.com/en_rapier.php
Relatively long handles and large hilts, may interfere with handling. Shorter handles can be made when specified.
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Vladimir Cervenka
Czech RepublicNo-No-Yes
http://www.sword.cz/rapiers.htm
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Yllart MartinezSpainNo?-No?-Yes
https://destrezania.blogspot.com/
High quality and not too expensive for the work. Downside now is wait time.
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White ArmouryAustraliaNo?Yes
https://www.facebook.com/White-Armoury-601434536685055/?hc_location=ufi
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Zen Warrior Armoury
USANo-Yes200-350 USDLimited
2 weeks or less (Sept19)
https://zenwarriorarmory.com/
Formerly a division of Triplett , ZWA provides a wide selection of parts and budget starter weapons . Blades currently sourced from outside the USA, very inconsistent flex, geometry, and handling characteristics
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* Price ranges are indicative only, and may be incorrect. Contact the supplier directly for relevant information.
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** "Economy lines" are offered by some makers, and typically represent a product with the same durability and quality as offered normally, but less aesthetic finish etc, at a reduced cost. This may still be more expensive than the typical product of other producers.
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*** This sheet is maintained by Reinier van Noort / Ense et Mente, with help from the Rapierists FB group:
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