Functional Fencing Rapiers

The rapier evolved from the typical cut and thrust swords of the 16th and 17th century. Unlike most swords, though, the rapier experienced an immense level of variation. Here at Dark Knight Armoury, we pride ourselves on offering a wide assortment of functional fencing rapiers, in as many styles as we could gather, all to give a swordsman their choice of preferred blades. Swords, and weapons in general, have always been subject to slight variation, but none were quite as varied as the rapier. At its height, the rapier came in hundreds of different styles, with each design ranging in terms of hilt style, hilt size, blade length, and more! The rapier was primarily a thrusting weapon, and because of this, many sometimes believe that the rapier lacked an edge entirely. On some rapiers, this is true. On others, it is not. Different styles of rapiers featured edges, while others did not. It all boiled down to the style of the blade and what region it came from, as many regions had different styles of combat with the rapier and thus, required different specifications from their sword. All of the rapiers you'll find here, no matter if they're a swept hilt or a cupped hilt, an edged blade or an edgeless blade, are fully functional, which means that they will stand up quite nicely to the rigors of classic, historical fencing. As an added benefit, many of these swords, with their historic looks, are great display pieces, so even if you're not a practicing swordsman, you can enjoy the beautiful look and feel of these weapons just be displaying them in your home (just don't let someone foolish get ahold of them). If you are a swordsman, though, you'll just love Dark Knight Armoury's selection of functional fencing rapiers, because here, you're sure to find the exact sword that suits your personal style of rapier-based fencing.


 

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Musketeer Rapier

Musketeer Rapier

Item # 500784

The musket, though the prime weapon of the French Musketeers, was a cumbersome firearm, both to load and fire, so a good rapier was a necessary second weapon.

Price:  $265.00 

Classic Deux Rapier

Classic Deux Rapier

Item # ED2070

A traditional circa 1600-1700 broadsword rapier with the classic flair of the originals. With a quality hand forged steel blade that couples the beauty and curves of swept quillions with a leather grip. This rapier is functional and is fit for combat.

Price:  $178.60 

Colichemarde Sword

Colichemarde Sword

Item # 07-88CLMS

True to form, our blade mirrors the original design concepts with an extra long and wide forte that abruptly tapers down to an acute and deadly point. The hilt features a decorative, yet highly functional, double shell guard, complete with finger loops.

Price:  $449.99
On Sale For: $360.00 

Swept Hilt Rapier

Swept Hilt Rapier

Item # ED4464

This Swept Hilt rapier is for all you stunt and theater professionals. The Swept Hilt rapier was made specifically for re-enactments and stage fighting. The rapier features a full tang and the blade is made of high carbon steel.

Price:  $159.00 

Renaissance Swept Twist Hilt Rapier

Renaissance Swept Twist Hilt Rapier

Item # ED4466

The Renaissance Swept Twist Hilt Rapier features a hammered and blackened iron pommel and guard. The grip is padded with leather and wire wrapped making it easy to hold and use during sword re-enactments.

Price:  $159.60 

17th Century Italian Rapier

17th Century Italian Rapier

Item # 501227

A beautifully executed 17th Century rapier with a very 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.

Price:  $285.00 

Brandenburg Rapier

Brandenburg Rapier

Item # 501409

The rapier is a classic evolution of the sword, changing as warriors began to favor finesse and skill over brute strength. This Brandenburg Rapier is equal parts form and function, possessing a dashing look and a strong blade fit for any noble swordsman.

Price:  $285.00 

Traditional Colada Broadsword Rapier

Traditional Colada Broadsword Rapier

Item # ED2071

A traditional circa 1620 broadsword rapier with the classic flair of the originals. With a quality hand forged steel blade that couples the beauty and curves of swept quillions with a leather grip. Leather sheath is included.

Price:  $159.60 

Deschaux Rapier

Deschaux Rapier

Item # 500862

With its graceful, artistic lines, the rapier has always been a romantic symbol of the Renaissance. The reality is that the rapier is a very deadly hand-to-hand combat weapon, perfectly suited for the swift moves of the duelists of the day.

Price:  $265.00 

Dueling Rapier

Dueling Rapier

Item # 501414

This elegant rapier is historically inspired, but that does not stop it from having a surprising twist of its own! This Dueling Rapier is a classic fencing sword at its finest, one that houses a secondary blade in the sheath for those do or die moments.

Price:  $295.00 

Pilsen Rapier

Pilsen Rapier

Item # 501175

We found this rare rapier in an old catalog of antique weapons, which had described it as German, and felt we should reproduce it as a new offering. The sword is light and quick and balances in the hand nicely.

Price:  $285.00 

Renaissance Colada Rapier

Renaissance Colada Rapier

Item # ED4460

The Renaissance Colada Rapier features a hammered and blackened iron pommel and guard. The grip is padded with leather and wire wrapped making it easy to hold and use during sword re-enactments.

Price:  $150.10 

Gentlemans Smallsword

Gentlemans Smallsword

Item # DF-1005

Swords were not just weapons, not in the Renaissance. Even into the late Renaissance, the sword was also an accessory. And now, you can feature the same fashion accessory that so many chose to wear, in the form of this distinctive Gentleman's Smallsword.

Price:  $420.00 

Dresden Rapier and Dagger

Dresden Rapier and Dagger

Item # 501415

This rapier is a different kind of weapon entirely. Not only does the Dresden Rapier and Dagger consist of a traditional rapier and a dagger, but it also features a two-handed grip that allows for a greater application of both strength and leverage.

Price:  $295.00 

18th Century Gentlemans Small Sword

18th Century Gentlemans Small Sword

Item # 501390

Sometimes called a court sword or a dress sword, this 18th Century Gentlemans Small Sword is a beautiful example of the traditional blade of the noble swordsman. A blade of this style would have been both an everyday accessory and a weapon to wield.

Price:  $249.00 

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