Renaissance Style Swept Hilt Rapier

Information for Renaissance Style Swept Hilt Rapier:

our Renaissance-style Swept Hilt Rapiers trace their origins to early 17th century Europe, where swordplay with the Rapier was considered an essential part of a gentleman’s education and was often used in resolving gentlemanly disagreements. Blades generally originated in one of the blade making centers such as Toledo or Solingen, but many differences in styling and hilt materials resulted from the local manufacture of hilts all over Europe. 

The Main Gauche, or left hand dagger, was often used with the rapier, providing an added dimension in both offense and defense, and the “Schools of Fence” which proliferated in Europe during this period taught the use of the two weapons in combination. The Main Gauche would often match the Rapier in styling, while incorporating features which maximized the effectiveness of the piece.

The swept-hilt rapiers and their attendant main gauches have now been redesigned to provide lighter, better balanced pieces than earlier models. The hilts are now of the same size as the museum pieces on which they are based, providing an authentic “feel” in the user’s hand. All of the rapier and main gauche blades are interchangeable with the “Practical” blades (OH2255 - rapier, OH2256 - Main Gauche), which are designed for safety in rapier sparring. This gives the user a wide choice of swept hilt styles for use with both live and “Practical” blades. A replacement live blade is also available (OH2327).

Authentic historical design
Steel basket
Rigid scabbard

Point of Balance:  7.6 cm
Point of Percussion:  68.5 cm
Width at Guard:  1.9 cm
Width at Tip:  1.0 cm
Thickness at Guard: .24"
Thickness at Tip:  0.254 cm

Manufactured by: CAS HanweiMaterials used: High Carbon Steel

Overall length: 1.149cm
Blade length: 930cm
Weight: 0.952



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Renaissance Style Swept Hilt Rapier