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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.
$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

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

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

17th Century Italian Dueling Rapier

#501577
This Rapier has a steel swept hilt with wire grip and a high carbon steel blade with a full tang. Overall 38-3/4".
$264.95

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: 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: 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

Review of: Deschaux Rapier

An exquisite rapier. I love it.
Reviewed by: eric, January 24, 2019

Review of: The Christus Imperat Rapier

This Rapier is very well done, the hilt is amazing looking and tightly constructed. The writing on the blade is nice and clean, the blade itself is a bit flexible but not nearly enough to ruin the sword. The balance is very good and feels great in the hand, finish on the guard is very nice as well.
Reviewed by: Francis, January 17, 2019