Fixed designs (mid to high range)
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|Notes (and comments from selected fencers)|
|Yes/No||price||Yes/No||price (range)||Yes/No||Starting at|
4 months (Sept19)
|Very durable, safe swords, though lacking in historically accurate aesthetics and construction. Tend to be on the heavier end.|
|Basic, but well-made, durable, good balance.|
|Armory Marek||No(?)||-||Yes(?)||-||Yes||-||More known from reenactment, but can (apparently) also produce rapiers for HEMA/SCA. Make sure to specify this.|
|Arms & Armor||USA||No||-||Yes||700+ USD||Yes||-|
4 months (Sept19)
|Very good reputation.|
Artesano-Espadero Toledano Adrián Polonio
|Former blade maker and pupil for Danelli. Good weapons, good balance, good quality.|
Best known for their synthetics (decent as club blades and for beginners; not a full replacement for steel), Blackfencer now produces steel swords too.
Economy, build your own, customs. Weapons tend to be light, but good quality/value. If possible, order a hilt with extended ("standard") quillon block.
|Cold Steel||USA||No||-||Yes||600+ USD||No||-||Sharp swords only. Brand generally known for durability more than balance.|
|Currently defunct, potential future restart announced in Sept. 2019. Great weapons with good balance, and quality.|
|USA||Yes||325 USD||Yes||500+ USD||Yes||500+ USD|
|Was the de-facto standard for a long time. Good blades, decent balance, and great custom hiltwork.|
|Del Tin||Italy||No||-||Yes||450+ EUR||?|
|Earlier models were heavy and poorly balanced, have not handled later versions. Durability and flex ok.|
|Fabri Armorum||Czech Republic||No||-||Yes||200+ EUR||Yes?|
|Probably quite heavy. Producer better known for reenactment swords. Unknown flexibility.|
|Filo Verdadero||Spain||Yes||200 EUR||Yes||Yes|
|Hanwei||China||No||-||Yes||No||-||Very variable quality. Practical Cuphilt can be good. Practical swep hilt either very short (37") or heavy and whippy (43") blade.|
|Standard blade and hilt relatively thin at the ricasso, affecting grip. Otherwise, good balance, flex etc|
|Pavel Moc||Czech Republic||No||-||Yes||Yes?|
1200g rapier with PoB at 9-10 cm; somewhat heavy compared to some other makes, but with excellent balance. Good weapon, good quality.
|Pike Armory||Russia||No||-||Yes||200+ EUR||Yes|
|Poker Armory||Poland||No||-||Yes||200+ EUR|
|Relatively long handles and large hilts, may interfere with handling. Shorter handles can be made when specified.|
|High quality and not too expensive for the work. Downside now is wait time.|
Zen Warrior Armoury
2 weeks or less (Sept19)
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
* Price ranges are indicative only, and may be incorrect. Contact the supplier directly for relevant information.
** "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.
*** This sheet is maintained by Reinier van Noort / Ense et Mente, with help from the Rapierists FB group: