Rapier is the Large sharp-pointed sword.
You might have probably seen in many of the television series like Queen of swords or movies like Three Musketeers or Four Musketeers.
One person has so many nicknames, same goes with this Rapier as well, it is also called as Espada Rapier or Estoque.
If your reading this, I think I have to take you to the history for a glims, Ok let’s go to the 17th century.
Its origin is from Spain, It was designed around the year 1500.
Yes, your thinking right..! might be your great great great grandfather would have used 1 of those.
Weighs around 1 kg, Whaaaaaaaat?
Yes, You heard it right 2.2 lb and blade length is about 104 cm.
How did they even fight with the 1 kg sword?
The height of the smallest person in the world is 63 cm and this Rapier is 104 cm. ” I am proud of you grandpa”
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Rapier was used in the 16th and 17th century basically early modern Europe.
It weights up 1 kg, I don’t think it would be the great fighting sword of the time because of its length and weight.
But, Yes it made an impact overall.
It was called the forging weapon even though it was produced in the Roman Empire.
Just like made in China even though it is produced in Japan or Korea.
The term Rapier is not the same is all places, Every place used their own term to describe this masterpiece.
They called it as Spada, Espada, Apee or Espee. just weird names for a sword.
But I do respect the language.
As we have categorized knives into hunting knives, outdoor knives, even these swords as been categorized like thrust sword, cut thrust sword, etc.
Rapier is a long bladed sword which is connected with a hilt.
The hilt is nothing but a cover, we can refer it to gloves which prospect your fist.
Here is the example, for a clear picture.
As humans have different parts, these masters of the blade as diving them up to Nine part.
Where as we generally refer to 3 parts as mentioned bellow.
- Media or Mezzo
Forte : This is the strongest part of the blade, which is attached to hilt.
Media Or Mezzo : This is the part between the Forte and Debole.
Debole : This is referred to has the second half and it is in the soft part of the blade
Deschaux rapier became very much popular in Europe, Even though it potential was questioned by many master over time compared to other short sword. Deschaux rapier made its way top over Europe.
Check out the different rapier from different countries.
British Deschaux rapier
British rapier is not a complete straight sword, Forte as a slight bend and the Hilt completely cover the fist.
French Deschaux rapier
French rapier is a very straight sword and the hilt will not cover it completely unlike British swords.
German Deschaux rapier
German rapier is bit heavy compared to other rapiers.
Italian Deschaux rapier
Italian rapier is similar compared to the French rapiers.
Spanish Deschaux rapier
Spanish rapiers are the first rapers to be built. we can say Spain is the pioneers for Deschaux rapers.
Rapier is one of the masterpieces of the 17th century. Its a one-handed tool supported by dagger or the buckler.
There are different websites which are selling the Deschaux rapier. but all the models are different from different countries. make shore you do some research before buying one.