The rapier first came into use around 1500 and until the end of the seventeenth century this was the main weapon of European citizens and nobility. Noble soldiers used the rapier mainly for warfare (it was perfect for stabbing between plate armor and leather armor), but also for ceremonial purposes such as parades. A rapier was also used for fencing and duels between two gentlemen, so that the rapier became a permanent attribute of a gentleman. The Pappenheimer type originated in Germany around the seventeenth century and is characterized by a shell-shaped hilt to protect the hand well. This type of rapier is nowadays named after the German count Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim who managed to increase the popularity of the rapier among his officers during the Thirty Years War. He served as a field marshal in the Imperial Army.
This rapier is not a replica of a certain original, but is based on the characteristics of various original rapiers from the seventeenth century. The blade is made of EN45 spring steel with a screwed pommel. It has an S-shaped cross-guard and a shell-shaped guard that is covered on the inside with luxurious red velvet. The wooden grip is wrapped with steel wire. This rapier is delivered including a black leather scabbard with steel chapes.
Material: EN45 spring steel, wood, leather
Length: 116 cm
Blade thickness: 1 mm (semi-sharp), for decoration only
Blade length: 93 cm
Hilt length: 22 cm (grip approx. 8 cm)
Max. blade width: 3,2 cm
Point of balance: approx. 12,5 cm below cross-guard
Weight: 1,45 kg (1,75 kg including scabbard)
Delivery including leather scabbard
Based on a historical original
Transport weight (gram): 3000 *
We do not sell this product to customers under the age of 18. Click here for more information on the European arms acts.
This item is produced in limited quantities only. This means that every piece is unique. Sizes & finish may vary lightly from piece to piece.
Prevent rust and corrosion by oiling your weapons regularly. Remove rust easily with black sandpaper. Remove burrs with a whetstone. Make sure you have removed all burrs before using a battle-ready weapon, as they can cause wounds.
Maintenance & care
Just as with weaponry, you can care for your shoes and leatherware by applying a little Ballistol after cleaning. This prevents the leather from drying out.
This item is semi-sharp and designed for decorative purposes. It can be made razor sharp at a surcharge. When using the sharpening service, the return right and warranty expires. The extra delivery time is approx. 2 weeks.
The blade of this sword can be blunted (2,5-3 mm) at a surcharge. Please note: although the thickness will be the same as a battle-ready sword, the return right and warranty expires when using the blunting service. Please contact us if you wish to use the blunting service, or make a note at the last step of your shiopping cart. The extra delivery time is approx. 2 weeks.
Tip: How to adjust the finish of your armour and weaponry
Luxurious (polished)- polish the steel with metal polish or toothpaste. You can even give the item a mirror-like polish. Test on a small surface first!
Handmade (matte)- soak the steel in cola for 40 minutes to 20 hours. Check regularly and treat with black sandpaper.
Antique (patinated) leave the steel to rust for some time in a damp environment, preferably outside. Remove the red layer of rust, to reveal the corroded top layer.
Please note. After finishing the product yourself, the warranty and return right expire. Celtic WebMerchant is not responsible for the obtained result."