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The term “rapier” comes from the Spanish term espada ropera or “sword of the robes,” meaning they were primarily civilian weapons. These swords were faster and lighter in comparison to the others that came before them but far from the stylish blades depicted in television and cinema. In fact, rapiers were closer to medieval swords that preceded them and featured a slender body, a blade over an inch thick, and a heavy quillion. The shape of the rapier swords made them excellent for thrusting strokes and, in the right hands, they were deadly tools. 

The rapier collection at Museum Replicas includes an array of blades inspired by these beautiful weapons of the Renaissance. There are several great swords. If you are looking for the archetypal Renaissance rapier then check out the Swept Hilt Rapier, which was very popular during the late 16th and early 17th century. Another rapier takes inspiration from the ones used by the French Musketeers in the late 16th century. 

More than other sword types, the rapier lends itself to aesthetically pleasing designs, as you will see in our selection. The hilts and the pommels are beautifully crafted and so are the grips. High carbon steel has been used to make the blades.

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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.
$284.95

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.
$284.95

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

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

Pilsen Rapier

#501175
This German sword has a knot shaped basket, steel parts and textured leather over wood grip. The blade is high carbon steel and tempered. The scabbard has decorative throat and tip. Overall 44-3/4 inches.
$244.95

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.
$244.95

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.
$294.95

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Musketeer Rapier

I just received this in the mail today.  As expected, it was well wrapped and packaged to protect the contents.  Upon opening it, I immediately smiled in admiration at the beauty of this rapier.  This is the second rapier I've purchased from MR.  I have also purchased a sword and dagger.  In all cases, the workmanship, etc. have been outstanding and exceeded my expectations.  This one, as my others was ordered sharpened.  Let's face it, if I'm going to own a sword/rapier it just as well be real.
I'm truly impressed by everything thus far purchased from MR and this new addition will certainly be proudly displayed.  If you've been considering this particular piece, you will not be disappointed.  It's absolutely beautiful, well balanced, and a formidable weapon to be sure.
Glad I purchased it.
Reviewed by: Michael, January 26, 2018

Review of: Deschaux Rapier

this is my first raiper love it sharpended it my sslf.the blade is 37" up to the front of guard and 39
Reviewed by: ray , December 28, 2017

Review of: The Christus Imperat Rapier

My first purchase from Museum Replicas.  Absolutely beautiful.  Came in time for Christmas thanks to excellent customer service from the company.  Exceeded my expectations.  Beautiful workmanship; styling; feel and balance.  This is the first of many purchases to come.
Reviewed by: Michael, December 28, 2017

Review of: The Christus Imperat Rapier

Another beautiful blade
Reviewed by: michael, October 06, 2017

Review of: Brandenburg Rapier

Beautiful and balanced well
Reviewed by: michael, October 06, 2017

Review of: The Christus Imperat Rapier

Beautiful workmanship, nice balance, perfectly tempered. This blade is exactly what I'd hoped it would be. Some reviews I've read say the blade is too flimsy. I disagree. It's firm but flexible, exactly the way a working rapier should be. I highly recomend it. I may buy a second one.
Reviewed by: , August 27, 2017

Review of: Swept Hilt Rapier

Love this sword! I had originally bought the Deschaux rapier, but it turned out to be too long and heavy for my build (I'm about 5'9"). This one feels perfect and looks great. The handle on the Deschaux looks more dramatic, but the handle on the Swept-Hilt I received had some nice natural color to it, not the plastic looking white like in the photo. The handle is fairly thin, so if you have big hands it may feel too small to control, but again, I'm a smaller dude, so if works for me quite well. I also got the Deschaux left hand dagger, which looks great with this sword. The blade style is identical, and the handle is close enough to look appropriate. The dagger is being discontinued, so grab one soon if you want a nice looking set.
Reviewed by: Shawn, August 02, 2017

Review of: Deschaux Rapier

I am very impressed with my Deschaux Rapier! The workmanship is excellent and it looks and feels great. I only wish I was able to get it sharpened, but other than that, I am very pleased with it.
Reviewed by: Donald, May 22, 2017

Review of: Musketeer Rapier

Outstanding quality!! I plan on getting the main gauche to match.
Reviewed by: Ron, May 07, 2017

Review of: Swept Hilt Rapier

I really like this rapier, the balance is amazing.  The bone grip has a very nice white color, the swept hilt has a finished steel look and doesn't have the chrome look, like in pics, which is very nice.  I am really hoping for more throw back swords like this in the future, such as the Arras rapier, Spanish fluted cup hilt, there are many nice models that should be brought back.  It would be impossible to find as nice a model for the price.  Many Kudos!!!!
Reviewed by: Brian, March 27, 2017