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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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17th Century Italian Rapier

#501227
This blade of this rapier is crafted of 1065 high carbon steel. Features silver plated wire hand wound grip and wide fuller that strengthens the blade. Overall length of 46 inches.
$294.95

Brandenburg Rapier

#501409
This 17th century dueling rapier has a hand forged, steel blade with flattened oval cross section. Carved horn grip with swept basket hilt. Includes leather scabbard. Overall 44-1/4 inches.
$294.95

Deschaux Rapier

#500862
This rapier has a blade made of 1065 high carbon steel. Features three ringed swept hilt and wire wrapped bone grip. Includes scabbard. Overall length of 46 inches.
$264.95

Hungarian Saber

#501084
The saber has a blade crafted of 1065 high carbon steel. Features short brass guard and large brass pommel and leather covered wood grip. Overall length of 36-1/4 inches.
$174.95

Late Scottish Broadsword

#501544
This version of the broadsword has a high carbon steel blade with double fullers and an intricate wire basket-hilt. Comes complete with a matching black leather scabbard. Overall 38-1/2 inches.
$349.95

Munich Sword

#501144
This German Military sword has a tempered 1065 high carbon steel blade. Pommel and guard are steel. Grip is wood wrapped in wire. Overall 40 inches.
$274.95

Musketeer Rapier

#500784
This rapier features a blade crafted of 1065 high carbon steel. Ambidextrous hilt and wood wrapped grip. Overall length of 46 inches.
$264.95

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

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Late Scottish Broadsword

I saw a photo of the sword was copied from.  It was in the National Museum of Antiquities in Scotland and the sword was dated circa 1570.   The Windlass reproduction looks very much like it.  This is a HEAVY sword!  The hilt is so big I can get both of my long slender hands in it, (one on either side).  All of the pieces of the basket are very thick. The blade is well made and substantial.  The etchings on the blade are actually slightly cut into the blade, not just painted on.  I haven't cut anything yet but will once I sharpen it.  I am impressed!  If you get it you may want to check out Youtube's Matt Easton on Scholagladiatoria to learn exercises to strengthen your arm for a one handed sword.
Reviewed by: Les, January 11, 2020

Review of: Musketeer Rapier

A great feel and sharp blade. Fine quality and serves you well either to display or to act the Musketeer. Highly recommended!
Reviewed by: Robert, January 11, 2020

Review of: Musketeer Rapier

Absolutely beautiful , well balanced, and functional. great workmanship and attention to detail throughout. Very happy with this purchase and highly recommend it to anyone thinking about this item.!!
Reviewed by: michael, January 04, 2020

Review of: Musketeer Rapier

Arrived very well packaged. Absolutely stunningly beautiful sword with great attention to detail and function. perfectly balanced in hand with a beautiful sheath as well. this item drips with quality. Very happy and will gladly do business again with Museum replicas.
Reviewed by: michael, December 25, 2019

Review of: Musketeer Rapier

Arrived very well packaged. Absolutely stunningly beautiful sword with great attention to detail and function. perfectly balanced in hand with a beautiful sheath as well. this item drips with quality. Very happy and will gladly do business again with Museum replicas.
Reviewed by: michael, December 25, 2019

Review of: Swept Hilt Rapier

Excellent quality and craftsmanship.  Balance is a bit tip heavy.  

I’m looking forward to my next purchase!
Reviewed by: Douglas, November 24, 2019

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: 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