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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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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

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

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

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
Deal of the Day
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 $199.95

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.
$289.95

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

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: 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: 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: 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: Late Scottish Broadsword

This is a magnificent sword! The basket is large enough to fit my middle size hands when wearing a gauntlet. The basket is also fabulously detailed. Depending on how you count them, there are 30 odd welds in it. Balance is 5" above the basket as it should be and is intended to support cutting rather than thrusting. The etching and engraving are tops!
Reviewed by: Max, February 13, 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