According to most historians the Rapier first appeared on the sword scene in the late 14th century and held sway in most of Europe until the late 16th century except in Spain where it endured clear into the 18th century. The reason for its long reign as the civilian weapon of choice for self-defense and dueling can be tied to its two major advantages. First its long, slim, double edged blade was ideal for delivering point oriented blows at a great distance while still being able to deliver a stinging cut. And secondly, its continually evolving hilt of rings, bars, quillions, shells, and eventually, an intricately chiseled cup offered excellent protection (especially now that the armored gauntlet had been abandoned) and shed, caught or deflected blows at the sword hand and forearm with great aplomb.
·Polished 1055 carbon steel blade
·Single wide fuller at the forte to assure perfect balance
·Stainless steel hilt, ribbed shell, multiple bars, quillions and knuckle bow
·Wood grip covered with black ray skin and decorative wire
·Heavy ribbed pommel
·Leather scabbard with steel fittings
·Made in China