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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.
$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

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.
$324.95

Mercenary Schiavona Half Basket-Hilt Sword

#501545
This Schiavona style sword is hand forged in high carbon steel. The guard and scabbard fittings have been darkened to a battle finish and adorned with antique brass florets. Overall 39-1/4 inches.
$294.95

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 43-1/4 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

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Munich Sword

This is the one I'd grab off the wall!

It has very different balance as noted by other reviewers, most swords demand a glove/gauntlet be worn to "come alive" but this one more than most.

It really is a "Guard Sword" it wants to be held up to guard your face ready to deliver a right cross or skull bash.
The blade is heavy enough to break a drunken fops rapier and quick enough deliver a few nasty cuts of your own with a point that will pierce light armor with ease!
Reviewed by: Matthew, June 16, 2018

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: Munich Sword

This is my second purchase in the same week from Museum Replicas.  Just like my first purchase of a rapier, this item was delivered timely and well packed.  I had this sword sharpened and was delighted with the edge.  It's a serious weapon.  The weight and balance are great for my size.  Workmanship is outstanding.  For the price, it is an excellent piece.  I will definitely be a returning customer.
Reviewed by: Michael, 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: Munich Sword

My favorite sword do far. Incredible value for the money. It is absolutely beautiful to look at, well balanced for the weight, and arrived hair-shaving sharp - kudos to the sharpening service. This is a very versatile type of sword that lends itself to a variety of fighting styles, rapier or broadsword, and should be a good general representation of weapons used in the 30 Years War...a transitional period in warfare tactics from renaissance to early modern, that saw a large variety of blades used.
The sword is very functional weapon,it slices and stabs through milk bottles effortlessly. I did not test it on harder items since I did not want to mar the beautiful blade.
The only drawback for me was that the scabbard does appear a little flimsy and of questionable quality, but I understand they have to save money somewhere to be able to offer this sword at such an amazing price, and I rather have them save money on the scabbard than the blade.
Overall, you will NOT regret buying this.
Reviewed by: Bernhard, October 06, 2017

Review of: Mercenary Schiavona Half Basket-Hilt Sword

a very nice piece
Reviewed by: John, September 22, 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