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 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.
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.
Gorgeously designed in the appearance of a 17th century Spanish side sword, the Spanish Cup Hilted Sword displays a spectacular Renaissance era styling that is excellent for expressing your love of this historical period.
Rapiers came in all sorts of different hilt styles, many of them divided up by the regions they were favored in. This Spanish Fluted Cup Rapier leaves little question as to where its design originated, or where it was most popular.
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