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This sword is basically rooted on a cup hilt to which I have added a geometrical component made of a highly geometric approach by the use of bars of mild steel of a square cross section 1cm x 1cm welded together. In some way it resembles a basket in a geometric flavor.
These are the early stages of the concept to be carefully viewed.

TOP VIEW OF THE CUP HILT SHOWING THE BOTTOM PART
TOP VIEW OF THE CUP HILT SHOWING THE TOP PART WITH CROSS GUARD
With the bottom and top view, we can see how will the blade slide into the handle.
TOP  AND BOTTOM VIEWS OF THE CUP HILT IN BASIC RENDERING TO BE BLACKENED
UNDERSTANDING THE CUP HILT BY ITS SIDE VIEW

It it through this view that it is understandable the need to further protect the "cup" by the inclusion of more bars connecting the top the bottom octagons. In my early hand drafts, I believe that this is a wonderful and unique piece that may not obey to any rules nor is it intended to. We will now see how it develops with the inclusion of one more 1cm x 1cm bars per side to further protect the hand and form a more elaborate, yet still geometric cup.

The handle and part of the blade is now visible. It can be considered a hand and a half sword more than a rapier. However the octagonal "basket" allows for a compromise between the shape of a rapier hilt and a cup hilt. The blade is to be thin, the center being the thickest part of the blade. I prefer to invent and to create simplified versions to just another historical replica.

Blade Length: 33 inches 
Blade Width: 2.125 inches tapering towards an elongated tip
Full Handle Length: 14. 5 inches

Here are two versions of the sword with two geometrically different blades.

 
Designed & Copyrighted by Antonio Cejunior BLADESIGN 2002