Rapiers

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!
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17th Century Italian Rapier

Item # 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.
$285.00

Black Hilt Rapier

Item # ZS-926850
Not all rapiers were made for the social elite of the renaissance. They were a common sword of the day, and so some, like this Black Hilt Rapier, were made to be less ornate. Being less fancy hardly decreased its effectiveness.
$99.90 $89.91

Black Wire Hilt Rapier

Item # 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.
$108.00

Blackened Swept Hilt Rapier

Item # 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.
$158.00

Bone Grip Swept Hilt Rapier

Item # 500094
The swept hilt rapier was quite popular in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. This Bone Grip Swept Hilt Rapier is hand forged and has a blade of high carbon steel. The diamond cross section provides firmness and flexibility.
$245.00

Brandenburg Rapier

Item # 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.
$285.00

Brass Crown Basket Rapier

Item # 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.
$180.00

Cavalier Rapier

Item # 07-88FCR
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.
$800.00 $640.00

Christus Imperat Rapier

Item # 501471
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.
$295.00

Civil War Officer Sword

Item # NP-L-897
Let the Civil War Officer Sword take you back to pivotal moments in American history. This stainless steel display sword is modeled after antique weaponry and showcases a certain sense of elegance in its ornate, golden colored hilt.
$53.90

Classical Swept Hilt Rapier

Item # 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.
$156.00

Colichemarde Sword

Item # 07-88CLMS
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.
$480.00 $384.00