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Pappenheimer Rapier with Scabbard, 17th c. | Rapier Swords

Pappenheimer Rapier with Scabbard, 17th c. | Rapier Swords

A long, double-edged EN45 spring steel blade with diamond cross-section and pointed tip is used in this restoration of a so-called Pappenheimer rapier. The blade's complete tang is threaded to the pommel and the edges are not honed. The facetted pommel and the intricate, graceful swept hilt with S-shaped crossguard and inset pierced guard plates are both constructed of mild steel. Red velvet is used to line the guard plates, while twisted steel wire is used to wrap the wood core grip. A wooden scabbard is included in the package, which is firmly bound in black leather and finished with a steel neck and chape.


The rapier made its debut around 1500 and remained the preferred sword of European gentry and bourgeoisie until the late 17th century. This one-handed Renaissance sword, with its long, slender blade, sharply pointed tip, and intricate basket-shaped guard, was mostly used by noblemen for both military and civilian uses. It became a status symbol and a vital fashion addition to any gentleman's or officer's outfit in a variety of forms throughout Europe as a fencing, self-defence, or dueling weapon.

The Pappenheimer (or Pappenheim-hilt) rapier, which first appeared in Germany in the early 17th century, was distinguished by two pierced shell guards.

The addition of two holed shell guards to the Pappenheimer (or Pappenheim-hilt) rapier, which first appeared in Germany in the early 17th century, gave improved hand protection on the battlefield or dueling ground. The present name for this style of rapier comes from Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim, a German count and field marshal in the imperial army during the Thirty Years' War who popularized and pushed its use as a sidearm among the commanders of his famed cuirassier regiment.


Please keep in mind that this sword is not battle ready. It's meant to be a collector's item or a decoration/display piece, not for battle reenactment. Aside from its value as a collectable, it's also ideal for use as a prop, such as to finish a costume.


  • Material: EN45 spring steel blade (high carbon steel, not stainless), mild steel guard and pommel, wire-wrapped wooden grip
  • Overall length: approx. 116 cm
  • Blade length: approx. 93 cm
  • Blade thickness: approx. 5 mm / 4 mm (cutting edges approx. 1 mm)
  • Hilt length: approx. 22 cm (grip approx. 8 cm)
  • Max. blade width: approx. 3.2 cm
  • Point of balance: approx. 12.5 cm from the guard
  • Incl. wooden scabbard with genuine leather cover and steel fittings
  • Weight without scabbard: approx. 1.45 kg
  • Weight with scabbard: approx. 1.75 kg


Specs may slightly vary from piece to piece.

General Specifications
Material EN45 spring steel blade (high carbon steel, not stainless), mild steel guard and pommel, wire-wrapped wooden grippappenheimer-rapier-sword
Length 116 cms
Scabbard Yes
Sharp No
Blade Size 93 cms
Weight 1.75 Kgs

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  • Model: OUT-91861
  • Weight: 2.00kg
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