In pre-revolutionary France, a mousquetaire belonged in one of two companies that served the Royal household. Known for their high esprit de corps, these cavalry regiments were deemed Grey Musketeers or Black Musketeers - named for the colors of their horses - depending on whether they belonged to the King or the Cardinals company. The novel, The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, popularized these figures once more decades after their disbandment. As such, the iconic characters DArtagnan, Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and Cardinal Richelieu continue to appear within pop culture along with the signature phrase - All for one, and one for all! At Buying a Sword, you can find many excellent Musketeer swords based on the weapons used by these soldiers. Due to the cumbersome nature of muskets at the time, rapiers served as important weapon in any Musketeers arsenal. Our functional Musketeer rapiers and decorative Musketeer swords make perfect re-enactment accessories, training blades, collectibles, and decor accents. No Renaissance sword is as iconic as those wielded by these famous guards!
A smaller, lighter, and faster version of the classic rapier, the Cavalier Rapier features a sharp, double-edged blade with a needle tip, allowing for more speed and agility. The dueling sword is crafted from 1055 carbon steel.
A rapier of identical form and proportions to the Christus Imperat Rapier is housed in The Royal Armouries, formerly known as the Tower of London. The flamboyantly formed hilt is both beautiful and functional.
True to form, our Colichemarde Sword mirrors the Renaissance original with its extra-long, wide forte that abruptly tapers down to an acute point. The hilt features a decorative yet functional shell guard complete with finger loops.
Replicating the extraordinary styling of 17th century Italian rapiers, the Decorative Italian Sword embodies the appearance of a sword that likely would have been carried by a gentleman for the sole purpose of dueling.
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.
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.
The colichemarde was designed as something of a middle-ground weapon. It featured a small blade for a more nimble attack, but sacrificed nothing in terms of parrying ability. This Ornate Renaissance Colichemarde also has a fine look.
Throughout history, the sword has undergone much change. In the renaissance, it slimmed to the rapier, and then continued to grow smaller, favoring lightness and speed over power. This Ornate Renaissance Smallsword is an example of that.
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.
Beautifully polished and with a single, wide fuller at the forte, the Ribbed Shell Swept Hilt Rapier is a dueling weapon with perfect balance to its long, narrow blade. Its distinctive hilt is made of high quality stainless steel.
The advantage of the sword point over the edge became increasingly evident by the end of the 16th century. The Small Sword is a rapier, with its thin profile and emphasized point, based on the popular choice in civilian self-defense.