For the fencer who wants to understand the origin of the modern sport fencing weapons, a medieval era fencing sword starts the journey. The medieval era is one of great variety in weapon design, and fencing masters of the day were expected to be competent with a wide range of swords. Medieval Clothing Realm offers a wonderful selection of rapiers to fit your fencing needs.
The Rapier was popular in the late 16th and early 17th century. The rapier was a dueling weapon whose form was developed from cut and thrust swords. Its use was more brutal and forceful than the light sport fencing that we know of today.
As a civilian weapon of urban self-defense, the rapier�s a tip-based thrusting sword used for stabbing and piercing, not slashing and cleaving. True rapier blades ranged from early flatter triangular blades to thicker, narrower ones. Rapier hilts range from swept styles, to later dishes and cups. It had no true cutting edge such as with military swords for war.