What is the story of the rapier

Rapiers, sabers, swords

At the beginning of the 16th century, when the art of fencing was highly regarded in European countries such as France and Italy in particular, the clumsy swords developed into a lighter and more elegant form of the edged weapon: the épée.

Primarily intended as a thrust weapon and mostly equipped with a large hand protection cage, the rapier and especially the rapier became the classic fencing weapon. The rapier was also a status symbol and was often worn and carried by noblemen. Fencing and the art of dueling are still practiced today. In addition to the rapier, a so-called parrying dagger is often used.

The saber is a cutting and stabbing weapon, which is usually curved and sharpened on one side. Sabers are usually lighter than straight swords and have been used throughout history as the typical weapon of the light cavalry and, from the 17th century, also by the infantry.

The saber has its origins in the Indo-Persian region and was subsequently used in Asia and North Africa, later it also gained popularity in Europe and was often used as a ceremonial weapon.

Depending on the preference of the user, sabers were curved in different ways and had different types of hand protection, such as baskets, crossguards and guard plates.

At the beginning of the 16th century, when the art of fencing was highly regarded in European countries such as France and Italy in particular, the cumbersome swords developed into a ... read more »