Pilsen Rapier Sword. German type rapier used at time of 30 years war. Carbon steel blade, leather and wood grip, scabbard.
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The hilt shows design aspects of some larger swords, but the knot shaped basket is very unusual and we hadn’t seen its like before. The sword is light and quick and balances in the hand nicely. The parts are steel and the grip is textured leather over wood. The blade is high carbon steel and tempered to a good spring. The scabbard has a highly decorative throat and tip.
Made by Windlass Steelcrafts®.
Pilsen: Pilsen is a German name of Czech (Bohemian) city of Plzen. The city was famous by sword production. Another Pilsen tradition is brewery. Lager like beer was invented here in 19th century but beer brewing tradition lasts from 13th century. English word "pils" comes from the city of Pilsen name.
30 years war
30 years war, a huge and tragical European conflict between protestant and catholics. The war started in Prague (Czech) in 1618 after defenestration of the catholic bureaucrates and the last battle was also in Prague. In 1648 Konigsmarcks troops lost in the famous Battle of Prague (Charles bridge). 14 000 Swedes were stopped by 800 men of the Student legion supported by another 1000 men of Prague militia.
Blade: 36" long, 1" wide, 3⁄16" thick.
Wt: 2 lbs/4 oz.
1648 battle by Sabaton