Italian Rapiers

The Italian Rapier was used during the sport of fencing which has existed since ancient Egypt. Many cultures mainly England, Italy, France and Spain developed their own forms of sword fighting throughout the centuries. The rapier was a 16th century sword with an edged, thick blade used primarily as a thrusting weapon. Sometimes the rapier had ornate hilts, used to catch an opponent’s blade while the off hand used another weapon to finish the fight. It was used in military battle, but it became more popular for civilians to use for self defense and duels.

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