A new grip, for an old rapier

The grip on my friend’s rapier broke, so I made a new one for him.

This is four pieces of mesquite with four steel spacers. I routed a channel for the sword tang into the mesquite blocks, then glued the whole shebang together. I cut it down with files and the belt sander to make it comfortable in the hand, and to fit smoothly in the pre-existing hilt assembly. It is sanded to 500 grit and finished with olive oil and beeswax, as is my customary procedure.