Alchem Inc Reitschwert Hilts
314 East 195th St.
Euclid, Ohio 44119
alchem@en.com

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We produce an early form of cruciform rapier hilt known as a "Reitschwert". According to "The Archaeology Of Weapons" by Ewart Oakshott, plate 20 lower left, this design dates from the end of the 15th century. Our Reitschwert hilts may be purchased unbladed, or mounted on a blade with either a flat or rod tang. This hilt may be ordered with either a 10 inch or an 11 3/4 inch long cross guard, two open (unfilled) side rings of equal size, and a pair of annallet (finger rings) protected by filled and pierced flat shells. The shells may be ordered in either the pappenheimer or mercenary (hearts and spades) piercework. 11 3/4 inch long Guards may be ordered straight, curved forward (C shaped), or serpentine (S shaped). A knuckle guard may be added as an option for an additional $15. If a rapier is being ordered primarily for sidesword fencing, let us know via e-mail or through PayPal's "note to seller" and we'll mount a lighter pommel. Our Alchem blades can be used for either thrust only or cut and thrust sidesword fencing.



Prices are as follows:
  • Reitschwert rod tang hilts alone (any finish, or guard shape) $125 US ($120 foreign) 1.6pounds = .73kgs
    To US To Canada Other Countries
  • Hilt with Alchem 30" to 40" flat tang blade (any finish, or guard shape) $195 US ($190 foreign) 2.65pounds = 1.20kgs
    To US
  • Hilt with Alchem 30" to 40" flat tang flamberge blade (any finish, or guard shape) $245 US ($240 foreign) 2.65pounds = 1.20kgs
    To US
  • Hilt with Alchem rectangular rod tang blade (any finish, or guard shape) $205 US ($200 foreign) 2.65pounds = 1.20kgs
    To US
  • Optional knuckle guard $15
If you are ordering a hilt and blade to be shipped to an address outside the US, send us an email at alchem@en.com with the hilt type, blade length, and destination, and we'll calculate the shipping cost.
When ordering a hilt, be sure to specify (PayPal provides for comments to seller)
  • finish ('B'lack or 'G'ray),
  • guard length either 10" or 11 3/4"
  • shape for 11 3/4" guards ('I' straight, 'C' curved, 'S' serpentine).
  • perforation ('P'appenheimer or 'M'ercenary)
  • if the rapier is to be used for sidesword (cut & thrust) fencing
  • Please note: If not specified, the defaults are gray, 10 inch, straight, thrust & parry fencing.
If your order includes a blade, be sure to also specify
  • blade length
  • Please note: If not specified, the default length is 36 inches.

If you are ordering a complete rapier or hilt and prefer the 12 ounce pommel (at no extra charge), click this button:
If you are ordering a complete rapier or hilt and prefer the 16 ounce 2 inch ball pommel (at a charge of an additional $4), click this button: