Fencing

We carry a complete line of fencing swords, rapiers, epees, foils, main gauche and fencing gear. We carry the full line of fencing rapiers and fencing foils from CAS Iberia, Paul Chen, Windlass, Marto and Toledo. All C.A.S Iberia, Paul Chen and Windlass swords are lightweight and fully functional to withstand the rigors of re-enactments. The blades are made from high carbon spring steel, for strength and flexibility. The rapiers include a top-grain leather scabbards (except where noted). The rapiers and foils from Marto are for decorative use only unless otherwise stated. Decorative main gauche and rapiers are great for office or home decor, stage props, or a great addition to a prized collection of a sword collector. We have fencing jackets and masks to protect you during fencing practice and fencing pants to give you that authentic fencing look. We have the popular rapier styles such as the Pappenheimer rapiers and swept hilt rapiers that are fully functional.

Decorative Fencing Rapiers

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The rapier is a classic standard; it was once regarded as the sword of choice not only among gentlemen and nobility, but also became one of the most common swords of the era, achieving nothing short of wide-spread use, both in matters of personal honor and in actual conflicts between enemies. And now, we are happy to offer you a number of decorative fencing rapiers. Each and every one of our decorative fencing rapiers are modeled after the appearance or style of a rapier that was, at one point, accepted and common; some are actually even replicas designed after historical swords. Each of these swords is beautifully crafted; many feature swept guards or cupped guards, which are two of the most common guard styles associated with the rapier. And while many of our decorative fencing rapiers appear to look functional, none of them truly are; these decorative and beautiful rapiers are replications that are designed to convey a sense of prestige and power. They are display items that are not meant to withstand the rigors and stresses of actual combat for any period of time. If you are looking for a rapier that you intend on using in combat or sparring, check our other fencing sections. But if you are looking for a beautiful, period-accurate rapier that will proudly occupy a place on your wall or mantle, then look no further than our decorative fencing rapiers.

Fencing Main Gauche

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We have a fine selection of high quality functional fencing Main Gauches. A Main Gauche is a left handed dagger that is used to guard when fencing. A dagger is to a sword as a main gauche is to a rapier. There are many different styles of functional fencing main gauches like Spanish, German and Italian. The Main Gauche was mainly used in the 17th Century. We offer a large variety of mostly functional (battle ready) and a few decorative Main Gauches.

Functional Fencing Rapiers

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The Rapier was popular in the late 16th and early 17th century. The rapier was a dueling weapon whose form was developed from cut and thrust swords. Its use was more brutal and forceful than the light sport fencing that we know of today. Originally, starting about 1470, any civilian sword was often referred to as simply a "rapier", but it quickly took on the meaning of a slender, civilian thrusting sword. There is also an English document from the 1500's that uses the term "rapier-sword" for advising courtiers how to be armed, indicating the understanding that there were new slender blades coming into civilian use. Eventually developing into an edgeless, ideal thrusting weapon, the quick, innovative rapier superseded the military cut and thrust sword for personal duel and urban self-defense. Being capable of making only limited lacerations, earlier varieties of the rapier are still often confused with the cut and thrust swords which gave gestation to their method. As a civilian weapon of urban self-defense, a true rapier was a tip-based thrusting sword that used stabbing and piercing, not slashing and cleaving. True rapier blades ranged from early flatter triangular blades to thicker, narrow hexagonal ones. Rapier hilts range from swept styles, to later dishes and cups. It had no true cutting edge such as with military swords for war.

Swept Hilt Fencing Rapiers

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The swept hilt rapier was the civilian weapon of choice for close to 200 years, from the early 16th century to the early 18th. On our replica, nine brass bars, all at least 1/8 inch thick, swirl and curve to make the dazzling cage that protects the hand from being cut. Also, the Swept-Hilt often caught an opponent's blade, opening him up to a fatal stab. Swordplay with the swept hilt rapier was considered an essential part of a gentleman's education and was often used in resolving gentlemanly disagreements. Functional fencing rapier blades typically originated in Toledo or Solingen and would be hilted by regional smiths, resulting in many hilt styles. Hilt finishes were both practical and decorative and gilding, silvering and bluing were all widely accepted methods of providing both decoration and resistance to rust.