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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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Guinegate Sword

#501695
We replicated this sword years ago (decades ago, actually!) after photographing the original at an auction and being awed by its graceful design. We delightfully bring it back, but this time with a gorgeous new scabbard and belt that befit its lovely air of elegance. The high carbon steel blade employs the high center ridge of the original that enables cutting and thrusting with equal efficiency. The pommel and guard are beautifully finished brass, a subtle design counterpoint to the camel bone grip. The reddish-brown scabbard and belt are constructed of thick leather with brass fittings, for a sumptuous method of sword wear.
$389.95

The Christus Imperat Rapier

#501471
The pierced forward plates of this sword's hilt depict birds among foliage, the slender bars of the guard have an upward loop to catch an opponent’s blade and the heavy pommel allows for a balanced feel. The blade is etched on both sides of the ricasso CHRISTUS IMPERAT.
$324.95

Brandenburg Rapier

#501409
This 17th-century dueling rapier has a hand forged, steel blade with a flattened oval cross-section. A heavily carved horn grip mimics the twisted metal of the hilt and has a single steel accent wire that provides an excellent grip while dueling. Includes leather scabbard. Overall 44-1/4 inches.
$294.95

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

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

Munich Sword

#501144
This is a perfect example of a German military cut-and-thrust swept hilt carried by the Munich Town Guard. The slightly shorter blade and stout hilt were perfect for breaking up a street fight or tavern brawl, as the town guard was often employed to do. Our replica has a sharp, well-tempered 1065 high carbon steel blade, steel pommel and guard, and wire-wrapped wood grip.
$289.95

Musketeer Rapier

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

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

Top Customer Reviews

Review of: Guinegate Sword

I bought this sword the first time MR created it.  I have been giving talks in schools for over 40 years about the "Dark Ages" and have used MR swords.  This sword has always been a great hit with my students, it has a great look, the feel is like an extension of the arm not a dead weight hanging out there.  The students love the look of the hilt and the ridge down the center for armor piercing.  When I pull out my book on the Wallace Collection and show them almost identical sword, they know it isn't some "Hollywood sword" but it is like the "real thing".  That is what I have expected from MR from the days of Hank R. to today.  I know who ever buys this sword will enjoy having in their collection as I do.
Bob H
Reviewed by: , February 11, 2021

Review of: The Christus Imperat Rapier

This is my favorite rapier!  It's very unusual in having a historically-long blade length in a reproduction (they usually foreshorten them), but if you look at the treatises' advice on length, it's just right for my 5'10" body (quillons at the navel with the point on the ground, or end of the fingertips when held with the quillons at opposite shoulder).

The blade is flexible, but not excessively whippy - it supports its own weight when held horizontally, and can thrust through thick cardboard and return to true when flexed moderately.  The balance is very close to the quillons - less than two-inches from them - so the balance is very thrust-oriented and consistent with historical designs.  This wouldn't be a great cutting sword, but it's outstanding in the bind against other weapons and provides a great understanding of how the originals would have been used.

Presentation is outstanding.  The blade engraving is really good, and very accurate to the original.  The quillons and the guard are crafted very nicely - the guard itself is very faithfully reproduced and the grip is excellent.  A great display-piece which sits over my mantle.
Reviewed by: Michael, July 11, 2020

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: 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: 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

Review of: The Christus Imperat Rapier

This is the very first purchase I have made from museum replicas and I could not be happier. This is a very nice addition to my renaissance outfit and always seems to get noticed. The balance of the whole peice I actually very good. Just slightly more weight on the blade but not very noticeable. Would also be a great wall hanger and I may hang it over my mantel in the den.
Reviewed by: Charles, September 23, 2018

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: 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: Brandenburg Rapier

Beautiful blade, feels great in the hand.
Reviewed by: Zack, July 28, 2015