And wrote a paper comparing them to modern replicas used in historic fencing.
A Comparison of Late 16th to Early 17th Century Rapiers with Modern Reproductions
DI (FH) Florian Fortner, Julian Schrattenecker, BSc
Fechtschule Klingenspiel, Vienna
This paper presents a comparison of original period rapiers from 1590-1620 with modern reproductions
for historical fencing use. After the definition of relevant parameters follows a description each weapon
with detailed measurements including blade cross section profiles for seven original period rapiers and
five modern rapiers. These measurements clearly show, that on average, historical originals are longer,
heavier and exhibit a stronger ricasso and forte which strongly influences handling and therefore the
possible style of fencing.