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Renaissance Swords & Rapiers

Renaissance swords were characterized by a compound hilt, narrow blade, and strong cross section. Their build made these swords ideal for the “cut and thrust” style and they were typically used by foot soldiers in the military. While it may be that Renaissance swords were generally lighter than their medieval counterparts, some big weapons were around too. For instance, the monstrous two-handed sword (e.g., the German Zweihander and the English Slaughter Sword) was historically a Renaissance weapon. Another popular sword was the rapier which featured a long and narrow blade and a hilt with a heavy cross-guard. The rapier was not used much in the military but gained a following among the civilians. They were later replaced by an even lighter weapon – the small-sword.

Museum Replicas offers an extensive line of authentic Renaissance swords that are made like the originals. Weapons in our selection are copied from museums and private collections around the world. They are durable and made with great detail by expert artisans. Further, we carry a range of Renaissance rapiers inspired by French, German and Italian styles of the period. For those seeking something different, we have basket hilt and bastard swords classy enough to make any sword aficionado drool. Check out the range and pick one for your sword collection or the next reenactment. It will make you proud.

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Swept Hilt Rapier

#500094
This rapier sword is hand-forged and has a high carbon steel blade with a diamond cross section. All-steel guard and pommel are accented with a real bleached, polished bone grip. Overall 43-3/4 inches.
$249.95

The Christus Imperat Rapier

#501471
This rapier has a 1065 high carbon steel blade. Features heavy pommel and elaborate forward plates and guard. Overall length of 47 inches.
$324.95

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Deschaux Rapier

Purchased this one as a wedding gift for a friend. The engraving was terrific as usual, the balance and craftsmanship felt wonderful to behold. He was thoroughly delighted with it upon opening, I love getting gifts for friends here! His wife also received a gift purchased from Museum Replicas, but that is another review to tell of!!!
Reviewed by: Dwight, September 20, 2019

Review of: Mercenary Schiavona Half Basket-Hilt Sword

Very nice, well made, attractive, solid. Perhaps a bit heavy.
Reviewed by: WOLFGANG, September 08, 2019

Review of: Musketeer Rapier

A wonderful rapier, beefier and rock solid like a military rapier should be! As the matching main gauche, it is nicely decorated with a fine scabbard of blue. A fine addition for any collection!
Reviewed by: Dwight, August 31, 2019

Review of: The Christus Imperat Rapier

The workmanship of this sword is outstanding.  Along with the beauty of it.
Reviewed by: Edward, August 19, 2019

Review of: Deschaux Rapier

Light, quick & elegant, without being flashy. Very well assembled. another great rapier from Windlass.
Reviewed by: John, August 09, 2019

Review of: Mercenary Schiavona Half Basket-Hilt Sword

This is one of my favorite basket hilt swords in my collection. The aging done on the basket hardware is very well applied, and the brass studs really add to the pinache. I love the triple fullered straight blade. It was a bit tight in the scabbard at first, but has eased on its flow in and out. Another very well put together piece by Windlass.
Reviewed by: John, August 06, 2019

Review of: Brandenburg Rapier

This is probably my favorite rapier in my collection. Very well crafted and simply stunning to behold. I cannot praise it enough. I'm very happy with this purchase.
Reviewed by: John, August 01, 2019

Review of: The Christus Imperat Rapier

One of my favorite rapiers. Simple, yet elegant. Light & nimble. My only gripe was that the leather scabbard must have had some moisture in the leather as it caused the blade to begin to ry=uat at the ricasso. I now leave it out of the scabbard.
Reviewed by: John, August 01, 2019

Review of: 17th Century Italian Rapier

One of my favorite rapiers in my collection. Very well made and a treat to weild. Only down side is the blade will rust at the ricasso when stored in the scabbard. Leather was still moist.
Reviewed by: John, July 31, 2019

Review of: Musketeer Rapier

Simply a beautiful rapier. Light, easy to weild and very elegant. A real museum piece. Highly recommend.
Reviewed by: John, July 31, 2019