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 will find here, no matter if they are 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 are not a practicing swordsman, you can enjoy the beautiful look and feel of these weapons just be displaying them in your home. If you are a swordsman, though, you will just love Dark Knight Armourys selection of functional fencing rapiers, because here, you are sure to find the exact sword that suits your personal style of rapier-based fencing.
17th Century Italian Rapier
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.
Price: $285.00
18th Century Gentlemans Small Sword
Sometimes called a court sword or a dress sword, this 18th Century Gentlemans Small Sword is a beautiful example of the blade of the noble swordsman. A style of sword would have been both an everyday accessory and a weapon to wield.
Price: $249.00
Brandenburg Rapier
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.
Price: $285.00
Cavalier Rapier
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.
Price: $799.99
On Sale For:$640.00
Colichemarde Sword
True to form, our Colichemarde Sword mirrors the original, with an extra-long, wide forte that abruptly tapers down to an acute and deadly point. The hilt features a decorative yet functional shell guard, complete with finger loops.
Price: $479.99
On Sale For:$384.00
Deschaux Rapier
With its graceful, artistic lines, the rapier has always been a romantic symbol of the Renaissance. The reality is that the rapier is a deadly hand-to-hand combat weapon, perfectly suited for the swift duelists of the day.
Price: $265.00
Gentlemans Smallsword
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 accent that so many chose to wear, in the form of this Gentleman's Smallsword.
Price: $420.00
Hutton Sabre
One of the rapidly growing arts within historical fencing societies is that of sabre fencing in the late 19th century Italian style, originating with fencing masters who were employed to train mounted troops in the effective use of the military sabre.
Price: $170.00
Musketeer Rapier
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 that no musketeer was likely ever without.
Price: $265.00
Pilsen Rapier
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 Pilson Rapier is light and quick and balances in the hand nicely.
Price: $285.00
Practical Swept Hilt Long Rapier
In 17th century European societies, swordplay with a rapier was a crucial element in the education of a gentleman. Today, anyone can practice the art of fencing with the balanced and stunning Practical Swept Hilt Long Rapier.
Price: $265.00
Practical Swept Hilt Rapier
Often used alongside a Main Gauche, or parrying dagger, rapiers play an important part in both Renaissance reenactments and modern fencing. This Practical Swept Hilt Rapier combines classic romantic design with modern practicality.
Price: $265.00
Renaissance Colada Rapier
The Renaissance Colada Rapier is a cut-and-thrust style sword that 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
Renaissance Swept Twist Hilt Rapier
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
Swept Hilt Rapier
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
Traditional Colada Broadsword Rapier
A traditional 1620 broadsword rapier with the classic flair of the originals, this hand forged steel blade couples the beauty and curves of swept quillions with a leather grip. A leather sheath is also included.
Price: $159.60
Wood Grip Rapier
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.
Price: $320.00
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