So now that the blog is set up, let’s get started.

### The Plan

Since it’s hard to get a lot of angles from photos of primary sources, I will be looking to replicas to get some measurements and photos of different angles.

The general idea I’ll be going for is to get a total measurement for a rapier. This should give me a sense of scale, and using some math I should be able to get some measurements and figures to work off of to create in SketchUp.

### The Plan in Action

Since they are the simplest, I plan to start with a Spanish style cup hilt rapier.

As mentioned previously, there are only two pictures of this particular piece, so I went searching for a replica that is made for sale. I found this site in particular: http://www.danelliarmouries.com. Looking at the Spanish Cup Hilt Rapier we find some measurements: 48″ overall and 42″ blade length, giving 6″ for the hilt. This seems a bit small, and looking at the photos we can see why. The blade continues through the cup, so we’ll need to figure out that distance as well. We have a 12″ width, so we know how long to make the cross guard.

I loaded up the image showing the full length in Photoshop and got out the ruler tool and made some measurements.

Length in Photoshop | Length in Inches | Conversion Ratio | |
---|---|---|---|

Total Length | 1400 | 48 | 29.17 |

Handle Length | 151 | 6 | 25.17 |

Since the perspective changes in the photo, the conversion ratios differ. To get a decent estimate for it, I averaged the two to get a value of 27.17. I measured out the full hilt in Photoshop with a measurement of 237, and applying this ratio, that gives us a total length of 8.8″.

Using the same methodology we get a measurement of a height of about 2.8″ for the cup height, and we can use that as the radius to get a total width of about 5.6″.

So far the methodology seems to be working well so far. Using these measurements, the first part has been made: The cup itself.

I hope to continue to use a similar method for the rest of the hilts I will be working on.