The Gustav Rapier replicates a weapon used by King Gustav Adolf II, who ruled Sweden in the early part of the 17th century. The shell guard of the rapier is unusual but effective. The rapier features classical lines, with a high-carbon steel flex-tempered blade, a stainless steel hilt (for reduced maintenance) with "blade catcher" quillons and a twisted-wire grip. The hilt is of the same size as the original, providing an authentic �feel� in the user�s hand and weight and balance also match originals. The blade is interchangeable with our �Practical� blade (OH2255) which is designed for safety in rapier sparring. The matching Main Gauche (SH2209) may also be equipped with a sparring blade.This "antiqued" version of the Gustav Rapier (SH2206) features a hilt finish, developed by Hanwei, that allows a museum-quality patina to be applied to stainless steel while the non-corroding properties of the steel are retained. This finish is very attractive and gives an authentic appearance to the piece. The blade is interchangeable with our �Practical� blade (OH2255) which is designed for safety in rapier sparring. The matching Main Gauche (SH2206N) may also be equipped with a sparring blade.[features]Forged high-carbon spring steel bladesLeather scabbardsExcellent Balance[/features]Overall length: 45 ��Blade length: 36 5/8�Weight: 2lb 5ozPoint of Balance: 5"Point of Percussion: 28"Width at Guard: .75"Width at Tip: .40"Thickness at Guard: .25"Thickness at Tip: .10"