This rapier is heavily inspired by an original kept within the Royal Armouries. It has a blade of well-tempered high carbon steel. Christus Imperat (Christ Commands) is etched into the fuller on both sides. The complex and vibrantly spiralled guard of this rapier is made of metal with an antiqued steel finish.
The pommel is likewise crafted in metal with an antiqued finish and the grip is elaborately wrapped in steel wire and surmounted by turks heads knots of twisted steel braid. The scabbard is of black leather and its chape and throat fittings are of metal with an antiqued steel finish.
The rapier is commonly portrayed as a lightning fast sword and while it is certainly not a heavy or remotely cumbersome weapon, the notion that it is used in dizzyingly fast and deft flourishes is an exaggeration. Such techniques are directly inspired instead by the shorter smallsword and sport fencing. Due to its relatively similar form these properties have been assumed upon the rapier in many movies and video games.
Historically the rapier is used not as a wildly moving blade with elaborate flourishes and manic blade-to-blade clashing with the foe – it is instead a calculated thrusting weapon. Its long blade length keeps the foe at bay and when an opening through his defense appears a swordsman with a rapier can strike at a significant distance with his sword held outwards matched with a forward step. The thin blade easily pierces an unarmored opponent and a mere few inches of penetration to the torso are likely to cause a serious wound, or a great amount of internal bleeding at the least.