Rapier and Fencing Swords

Developed in the 1500s from Spanish dress swords, the historical rapier gained popularity in the 16th and 17th centuries as a slender, sharply pointed thrusting sword used in unarmored combat. Ideal for self-defense, civilian rapiers became lighter and shorter over time, whereas military rapiers evolved into colichemarde swords and small swords. Due to a lack of distinguishing terminology during their period of historical use, Renaissance rapiers can encompass a wide range of styles often influenced by the countries in which they were used. At Buying a Sword, we offer an excellent variety of fencing swords and dueling swords, as well as many other kinds of rapiers. Our collection of functional rapiers and decorative rapiers display many unique handles with ring guards, cup hilts, swept hilts, and wire hilts. We include colichemarde rapiers, Musketeer rapiers, Italian rapiers, Spanish rapiers, and Renaissance small swords among our fine historical sword replicas, ensuring that you will have plenty of options when picking out your next Renaissance blade!
Musketeer Rapier
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 that no musketeer was likely ever without.
Price: $265.00
Musketeer Sword
ED6102
Ancient art figures and swirled cut-outs embellish this cup hilt sword. This Italian made full size decorator sword features cast metal handle and an antique brass finish. The blade has intricate engraved designs stamped into it.
Price: $83.60
Brandenburg Rapier
501409
The rapier is a classic evolution of the sword, changing as warriors began to favor finesse and skill over strength. This Brandenburg Rapier is equal parts form and function, possessing a dashing look and a blade fit for any swordsman.
Price: $285.00
Deschaux Rapier
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 deadly hand-to-hand combat weapon, perfectly suited for the swift duelists of the day.
Price: $265.00
Traditional Colada Broadsword Rapier
ED2071
A traditional 1620 broadsword rapier with the classic flair of the originals, this hand forged steel blade couples the beauty and curves of swept quillions with a leather grip. A leather sheath is also included.
Price: $227.05
Colichemarde Sword
07-88CLMS
True to form, our Colichemarde Sword mirrors the original, with an extra-long, wide forte that abruptly tapers down to an acute and deadly point. The hilt features a decorative yet functional shell guard, complete with finger loops.
Price: $479.99
On Sale For: $384.00
17th Century Italian Rapier
501227
A beautifully executed 17th Century rapier with a 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
Swept Hilt Rapier by Marto
MA-805S
The Swept Hilt Rapier by Marto is a reproduction of a typical 16th century Renaissance period rapier, one of the premier fencing swords of the age, featuring a complex hilt fit to protect the hand from the point of an enemy sword.
Price: $450.00
Pilsen Rapier
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 Pilson Rapier is light and quick and balances in the hand nicely.
Price: $285.00
Leather Wire Hilt Rapier
MC-KS-5918
Predecessor to modern fencing weapons as we know them, the Rapier is the progenitor of a line of swords that emphasize precision, agility, technique, and a counter-and-thrust style that has become the sport of fencing.
Price: $74.00
Renaissance Colada Rapier
ED4460
The Renaissance Colada Rapier is a cut-and-thrust style sword that 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: $207.10
Ribbed Shell Swept Hilt Rapier
07-88CHR
The long, narrow blade is sharpened and beautifully polished with a single wide fuller at the forte to assure perfect balance. The Ribbed Shell Swept Hilt Rapier also features a distinctive hilt, made in quality stainless steel.
Price: $599.99
On Sale For: $480.00
Leather Hilt Rapier
MC-KS-5919
Predecessor to fencing weapons as we know them, the Rapier is nearly the progenitor of a line of swords that emphasizes precision, agility, technique, and a counter-and-thrust style that has become the modern sport of fencing.
Price: $74.00
18th Century Gentlemans Small Sword
501390
Sometimes called a court sword or a dress sword, this 18th Century Gentlemans Small Sword is a beautiful example of the blade of the noble swordsman. A style of sword would have been both an everyday accessory and a weapon to wield.
Price: $249.00
Renaissance Rapier by Marto
MA-803S
The Renaissance Rapier by Marto is a reproduction of a typical 16th century Renaissance period rapier, one of the premier fencing swords of the age, featuring a swept hilt fit to protect the hand from the point of an enemy sword.
Price: $450.00
Italian Brass Basket Rapier
AH-3341
The rapier, born of the 16th and 17th centuries, was a change in the sword that shifted from a focus on cutting to thrusting. This Italian Brass Basket Rapier demonstrates a long blade, as well as an ornate yet defensive hilt design.
Price: $180.00
Wire Wrapped Hilt Rapier
MC-KS-5920
Predecessor to fencing weapons as we know them, the Rapier is nearly the progenitor of a line of swords that emphasizes precision, agility, technique, and a counter-and-thrust style that has become the modern sport of fencing.
Price: $74.00
Small Sword
07-88SMS
The advantage of the sword point over the edge became increasingly evident by the end of the 16th century. The rapier, with its long, elegantly thin profile which emphasized its point, became the popular choice in civilian self-defense.
Price: $434.99
On Sale For: $348.00
Spanish Tizona Cup-Hilt Rapier by Marto
MA-577S
The Spanish Tizona Cup-Hilt Rapier, by Marto, is a full-sized reproduction replica of the very well-known sword from the 16th century, valued and used through-out all of Europe during the advent of the rapier and the thrusting sword.
Price: $565.00
Hutton Sabre
SH2201
One of the rapidly growing arts within historical fencing societies is that of sabre fencing in the late 19th century Italian style, originating with fencing masters who were employed to train mounted troops in the effective use of the military sabre.
Price: $170.00
Brass Crown Basket Rapier
AH-3340
Given that training with a sword became a formal part of a gentlemans education during the 16th and 17th centuries, sword duels began to flourish. This Brass Crown Basket Rapier is a design that depicts the style of swords in this era.
Price: $180.00
Black Hilt Rapier
ZS-926850
Not all rapiers were made for the social elite of the renaissance. They were the common sword of the day, and so some, like this Black Hilt Rapier, were made to be less ornate. Being less fancy hardly decreased their effectiveness.
Price: $99.90
On Sale For: $89.91
Spanish Basket Rapier
AH-3342
During the 17th century, swordsmanship, particularly with the rapier, was considered to be a part of a gentlemans education. This Spanish Basket Rapier is an elegant form of the sword, designed for appeal and for cut-and-thrust tactics.
Price: $171.00
Duelists Swept Hilt Rapier
AH-3324
The epitome of skill and noble swordplay was, without a question, embodied in the rapier. Favored by military and civilians alike, swords like this Duelists Swept Hilt Rapier were a common sight throughout the 16th and 17th centuries.
Price: $156.00
Black Wire Hilt Rapier
MC-KS-5918BK
Precision, agility, and technique are all three things that the rapier emphasizes, thanks to its narrow blade. This Black Wire Hilt Rapier recreates the look of a historic sword that gradually changed the way men fought with blades.
Price: $85.00
Classical Swept Hilt Rapier
AH-3321
For the most part, swordplay was solely the province of warriors in history. At least, that remained true until the 16th century, when swordplay became popular with civilians and swords like this Classical Swept Hilt Rapier became common.
Price: $156.00
Shell Hilt Renaissance Sword
ED6104
A stylish swept hilt court blade with quillions and shell hand guard. This Italian made full size decorator sword features cast metal handle and an antique brass finish. The blade has intricate engraved designs stamped into it.
Price: $83.60
Swept Hilt Flamberg Rapier
AH-3322
Rapiers, like other swords in era, were subject to unique twists too. This Swept Hilt Flamberg Rapier, for instance, combines the classic hilt of the dueling sword with a thinner wave-blade borrowed from the zweihander.
Price: $158.00
Pappenheimer Hilt Rapier
AH-3404
The rapier was a popular weapon across all of Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries, and each area had its own design. This Pappenheimer Hilt Rapier, for instance, is a reproduction of a sword that is based out of Germany.
Price: $158.00
Fleurete Of Musketeer Of Queen Anne Of Austria
SD4189NQ
The Fleurete of Musketeer of Queen Anne of Austria is a great French replica. Queen Anne of Austria was the wife of Louis XIII King of France from 1610-1643. This replica is antique silver and includes a beautiful scabbard.
Price: $112.00
Fencers Swept Hilt Rapier
AH-3405
As swords became lighter, carrying and fighting with one became popular among civilians. This Fencers Swept Hilt Rapier is one sword that a noble might have carried, as much for self-defense as a symbol of personal skill and prestige.
Price: $158.00
Blackened Swept Hilt Rapier
AH-3421
A duelist needs a sword that excels at both offense and defense. This Blackened Swept Hilt Rapier, with its cut-and-thrust style blade, looks to be just that, while its blackened hilt confers a dark appeal to the look of this blade.
Price: $158.00