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Measurements of an early spadroon blade


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http://myarmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=37332&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=100  It has the same aggressive distal taper in the first 15-20 cm, which fades to a gentler distal taper for most of the length of the blade, as the early 17th century rapiers in Vienna measured by two Austrian rapier fencers.  Quoting the owner, Adam Simmons:

 

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It is English and comes from the late 17th C (so I'm told), weighs 580 grammes with a blade 29 inches long.

As such it is relatively short, light and handy. The blade is stiff and the edges are still sharp.

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Taper metrics measured from the base of the blade to about 4cm from the tip are as follows:

Distal:

Base: 5.7mm
10cm: 4.5mm
20cm: 3.8mm
30cm: 3.7mm
40cm: 3.5mm
50cm: 3.2mm
60cm: 2.9mm
70cm: 2.1mm

Profile:

Base: 34mm
10cm: 29mm
20cm: 27mm
30cm: 25mm
40cm: 23.7mm
50cm: 21.5mm
60cm: 19.6mm
70cm: 13.5mm

While it is quite light I certainly wouldn't want to be hit with it!

 

Edited by Sean Manning
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