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!
Designed by Bruce Brookhart, the 17th Century Italian Rapier has a design that looks wonderful, both on and off the battlefield. Whether you fight with it or display it for all to see, it makes a great choice for any collection.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.