Obtaining rapper swords

New rapper swords

Rapper swords can be made to order by Frank Lee or KJM Rapper Swords. Both have a good reputation for quality.

Frank Lee

Frank Lee is an engineer from Newcastle upon Tyne. He makes both rapper swords and longswords, and can generally arrange to ship these abroad. His contact details are:

Frank Lee
“Leafield”, Market Place

Frank also offers some wise online advice on care and maintenance of rapper swords.

KJM Rapper Swords

KJM Rapper Swords are based in Southampton and run by Jimmie Killner, an engineer and musician. The contact details for KJM Rapper Swords are:

Jimmie Killner
KJM Rapper Swords
3a Manor Close,
Bursledon, Southampton,
SO31 8EU

Second hand swords

Rapper swords are rare, and therefore secondhand swords are extremely difficult to find; although if starting a side you may get offers by word-of-mouth, such as from Morris sides who have formerly performed rapper. Rapper swords tend to see a lot of wear, especially where the handles are attached and can be expected to suffer from metal fatigue; for this reason second hand swords are only suitable for new teams just starting out, and should be replaced with new swords as soon as possible.

There are few, if any, acceptable substitutes for a rapper sword; the nineteenth century sides improvised rappers by filing down the teeth on saw blades and attaching wooden handles – but don't do this! The early rapper sides used only fairly basic figures and saw blades made from unsuitable steels are very likely to snap in modern rapper figures and risk causing injury.