"Saxony" is a recreation of a beautiful 16th century German rapier, inspired by the fine collection of German Renaissance Rapier in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Arts and other European museum collections.
This is another exacting recreation that LK Chen has taken on, with with valuable input from experts in the details of its decoration and construction methods such as the braiding of the elaborate "Turkish head" wire knots in the hilt.
Approximations only, all measurements subject to slight variation for each swords
Minor adjustment can be made for the first production run
Total length: 117.6 cm (46.29")
Blade length from cross bar: 102 cm (40")
Hilt length (handle & pommel: 15 cm (5.9")
Handle length: 10 cm (3.9")
Cross-guide width: 13.5 cm (5.3")
Total Weight: 1255 grams (2 lb. 12.3 oz)
Point of Balance (from tip of hilt basket): 7 cm (2.75")
Point of Balance (from cross bar ): 12 cm (4.7")
At hand guard: 35 m
At 5 mm from tip: 17 mm
At hand guard: 7 mm
Near tip: 2.1 mm
Diamond Shape with Hollow Ground
Steel GB 60Si2MnA
High Carbon Manganese Spring Steel (Compare to AISI/SAE 5160 spring steel) Element % 60Si2MnA AISI/SAE 5160
Carbon 0.56-0.64 0.56-0.61
Silicon 1.60-2.00 0.15-0.35
Manganese 0.60-0.90 0.75-1.00
Phosphorus <=0.030 <=0.035
Sulfur <=0.030 <=0.040
Chromium <=0.35 0.70-0.90
Nickel <=0.35 <=0.25
Hardness 52-54 HRC.
Medium to Low firing and through quenching for hardness
Hand guard and pommel: Steel
Handle wrap: Steel wire wrapped with "Turkish head" wire knots decorated on both end of the handle.
Scabbard : Black fine top grain leather over wood core
Scabbard chape: Steel
The hilt is individually cast using a precision single use wax mold. The process is complicated but the result is a strong single unit hilt with no welding joints and weak spots.