The rapier sword is a loose term for a type of slender, sharply pointed sword. The rapier is optimized to be a thrusting weapon, but can also be used for cutting or slashing. Rapiers have a complex hilt to protect the hand. Some historians classify the rapier as a type of broadsword or saber. While the rapier was first created in Spain in the 15th century, it did not become a European mainstay until the Early Modern Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries. The purpose of the one handed sword, as opposed to the two handed longsword, was to use one hand for the sword and the other for use of another weapon such as a dagger or pistol. In this way, the rapier is akin to the gladius sword of Roman times where foot soldiers used the short gladius in one hand with a shield on the other. The rapier became extremely fashionable throughout Europe with the wealthier classes, but was not without its detractors. Some people, such as George Silver (the English writer known for his works on swordplay), disapproved of its technical potential and the dueling use to which it was put. In modern times, the rapier has taken the form of the fencing foil, used in competition. There are many historical schools of rapier fencing, many still in existence, that were founded in the 16th century that are scattered throughout Europe. The modern form of the fencing rapier, was first established in 1885.
Handle Material: Stainless Steel
Overall Length: 39"
Rockwell Hardness: 56-58 HRC
Sheath: Wood and Plastic
Blade Material: Stainless Steel