The rapier is the quintessential weapon of the Renaissance, used both as decoration and in armed clashes. No self respecting Renaissance gentleman would go into the street without one strapped to his hip. It was designed more for thrusting than cutting, but could do both with deadly accuracy.
These weapons are the bread and butter of our operation, and we take pride in having a great variety of different weapons, most combat worthy and all historically accurate. The rapiers look exceptionally good on stage, and complement the text of the most often staged sword fight inclusive plays and operas (Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Othello, Cyrano, The Three Musketeers, Don Juan, Don Giovanni, etc.).
Our rapiers come in a vast variety of styles, weights and even types of blades (see the bottom of the page for information on different types of blades.)
Contact Tim Frawley with any questions.
Scroll down to see a huge variety of swords. Click on the sword's name to get a larger photo and additional information about it.
COMBAT USE RAPIER: $10 per week . . . $35 per month
COSTUME USE RAPIER: $7 per week . . . $22 per month
Remember, any Combat Sword can be rented as a Costume Sword at the lower Costume Sword Rate.
How will your actors wear these weapons on stage? Don't forget to check our Leather Page for numerous outfitting options.
We fit our weapons with three different blades, each producing a different effect. The weapon dimensions, which follow each of these blade descriptions, are merely averages. Some slight variance in length will occur.
Schlager Blade This specific blade is 3/4" wide at the guard, tapering somewhat to a rounded tip. It is quite shiny and flashy - making it the best looking blade under stage lights.
Wide Epee Blade This triangular shaped blade is our favorite for it's clarion "ching" sound when struck. Similar to the competition fencing blade, this blade is manufactured specifically for stage combat use - and is therefore more sturdy. It is wider at the guard, tapering to a blunt tip. It sounds great!
Canelure Blade This is a heavier, wider blade which produces a wonderful clanging sound when struck, and is historically most accurate for the Early Renaissance weapons. Its weight (about 9 oz. heavier than the other blades), however, makes it a little more difficult to wield through a long fight. It is best used by well trained and quite fit fighters.