This Rapier replica, which measures 100.5cm in length, boasts a hilt and blade that have been hand forged from steel and polished to a bright finish. The handle at the centre of the ornate hilt has been wire bound to offer greater grip than the leather alternative and provides further decoration. This replica is complete with a high-quality, leather clad, wooden scabbard which has been carefully finished with steel fittings.
It is believed that the rapier began production around the dawn of the 15th Century. This style of sword, which was originally named Spanish espada ropera (meaning Dress Sword), was light and fast which made it ideal for thrusting and cutting during a duel. Swords similar to this style, named Pappenheimer Rapier, were later used on the battlefield in conflicts such as the English Civil War.
The Royal Armouries holds many examples of Rapiers within its collection, these include; Rapier (IX.877 – Leeds), Rapier (IX. 986 – National Civil War Centre, Newark) and Three Ring Rapier (IX.782 – Bamburgh Castle).