Fencing Rapiers from Medieval Collectables

The Rapier was popular in the late 16th and early 17th century. The rapier was a dueling weapon whose form was developed from cut and thrust swords. Its use was more brutal and forceful than the light sport fencing that we know of today. Originally, starting about 1470, any civilian sword was often referred to as simply a "rapier", but it quickly took on the meaning of a slender, civilian thrusting sword. There is also an English document from the 1500's that uses the term "rapier-sword" for advising courtiers how to be armed, indicating the understanding that there were new slender blades coming into civilian use. Eventually developing into an edgeless, ideal thrusting weapon, the quick, innovative rapier superseded the military cut and thrust sword for personal duel and urban self-defense. Being capable of making only limited lacerations, earlier varieties of the rapier are still often confused with the cut and thrust swords which gave gestation to their method. As a civilian weapon of urban self-defense, a true rapier was a tip-based thrusting sword that used stabbing and piercing, not slashing and cleaving. True rapier blades ranged from early flatter triangular blades to thicker, narrow hexagonal ones. Rapier hilts range from swept styles, to later dishes and cups. It had no true cutting edge such as with military swords for war.


 

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Musketeer Rapier

Musketeer Rapier

Item # 500784

The musket, though the prime weapon of the French Musketeers, was a cumbersome firearm, both to load and fire, so a good rapier was a necessary second weapon.

Price:  $265.00 

Classic Deux Rapier

Classic Deux Rapier

Item # ED2070

A traditional circa 1600-1700 broadsword rapier with the classic flair of the originals. With a quality hand forged steel blade that couples the beauty and curves of swept quillions with a leather grip. This rapier is functional and is fit for combat.

Price:  $178.60 

Renaissance Swept Twist Hilt Rapier

Renaissance Swept Twist Hilt Rapier

Item # ED4466

The Renaissance Swept Twist Hilt Rapier features a hammered and blackened iron pommel and guard. The grip is padded with leather and wire wrapped making it easy to hold and use during sword re-enactments.

Price:  $159.60 

Traditional Colada Broadsword Rapier

Traditional Colada Broadsword Rapier

Item # ED2071

A traditional circa 1620 broadsword rapier with the classic flair of the originals. With a quality hand forged steel blade that couples the beauty and curves of swept quillions with a leather grip. Leather sheath is included.

Price:  $159.60 

Colichemarde Sword

Colichemarde Sword

Item # 07-88CLMS

True to form, our blade mirrors the original design concepts with an extra long and wide forte that abruptly tapers down to an acute and deadly point. The hilt features a decorative, yet highly functional, double shell guard, complete with finger loops.

Price:  $459.99
On Sale For: $367.99 

Swept Hilt Rapier

Swept Hilt Rapier

Item # ED4464

This Swept Hilt rapier is for all you stunt and theater professionals. The Swept Hilt rapier was made specifically for re-enactments and stage fighting. The rapier features a full tang and the blade is made of high carbon steel.

Price:  $159.00 

Pilsen Rapier

Pilsen Rapier

Item # 501175

We found this rare rapier in an old catalog of antique weapons, which had described it as German, and felt we should reproduce it as a new offering. The sword is light and quick and balances in the hand nicely.

Price:  $285.00 

Deschaux Rapier

Deschaux Rapier

Item # 500862

With its graceful, artistic lines, the rapier has always been a romantic symbol of the Renaissance. The reality is that the rapier is a very deadly hand-to-hand combat weapon, perfectly suited for the swift moves of the duelists of the day.

Price:  $265.00 

Renaissance Colada Rapier

Renaissance Colada Rapier

Item # ED4460

The Renaissance Colada Rapier features a hammered and blackened iron pommel and guard. The grip is padded with leather and wire wrapped making it easy to hold and use during sword re-enactments.

Price:  $150.10 

17th Century Italian Rapier

17th Century Italian Rapier

Item # 501227

A beautifully executed 17th Century rapier with a very complex hilt and faceted pommel. The grip is hand wound with silver plated wire with woven wire rings top and bottom. This type of sword was deadly effective as a dueling weapon.

Price:  $285.00 

Brandenburg Rapier

Brandenburg Rapier

Item # 501409

The rapier is a classic evolution of the sword, changing as warriors began to favor finesse and skill over brute strength. This Brandenburg Rapier is equal parts form and function, possessing a dashing look and a strong blade fit for any noble swordsman.

Price:  $285.00 

Dueling Rapier

Dueling Rapier

Item # 501414

This elegant rapier is historically inspired, but that does not stop it from having a surprising twist of its own! This Dueling Rapier is a classic fencing sword at its finest, one that houses a secondary blade in the sheath for those do or die moments.

Price:  $295.00 

18th Century Gentlemans Small Sword

18th Century Gentlemans Small Sword

Item # 501390

Sometimes called a court sword or a dress sword, this 18th Century Gentlemans Small Sword is a beautiful example of the traditional blade of the noble swordsman. A blade of this style would have been both an everyday accessory and a weapon to wield.

Price:  $249.00 

Dresden Rapier and Dagger

Dresden Rapier and Dagger

Item # 501415

This rapier is a different kind of weapon entirely. Not only does the Dresden Rapier and Dagger consist of a traditional rapier and a dagger, but it also features a two-handed grip that allows for a greater application of both strength and leverage.

Price:  $295.00 

Gentlemans Smallsword

Gentlemans Smallsword

Item # DF-1005

Swords were not just weapons, not in the Renaissance. Even into the late Renaissance, the sword was also an accessory. And now, you can feature the same fashion accessory that so many chose to wear, in the form of this distinctive Gentleman's Smallsword.

Price:  $420.00 

Italian Rapier With Scabbard

Italian Rapier With Scabbard

Item # DS-1331

As the medieval sword faded from use, the rapier stepped in to take its place, gradually becoming the preferred sword of fencers, duelists, and nobles. This Italian Rapier with Scabbard is a beautiful recreation of one such swift and nimble blade.

Price:  $495.00 

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