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!
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.
A smallsword is a style of sword with a thin, narrow blade, made for fencing and defense as well as offense. In the case of this Templar Knights Smallsword, it is also made with a decorative look that will wow all who see it, too!
A gentlemans weapon, if ever there was one, the rapier is made for those who emphasize technique and skill, rather than brute force. This Wire Hilt Rapier recreates a fine sword that would have suited any noble lords look quite well.
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.
Even nobles carried rapiers, as much for personal defense as for the appeal that one could bring to your attire. This Wired Black Hilt Rapier is one such rapier that brings fancy design to the table, while still looking quite capable.
Swept hilt rapiers are classic fencing swords, used for centuries as ways of solving gentlemanly disagreements among nobles. Based upon designs from 17th century Europe, this Wood Grip Rapier is a traditional Renaissance fencing sword.