Cold Steel 88CHR Ribbed Shell Swept Hilt Rapier 41.5" Carbon Steel Blade


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CS88CHR: Ribbed Shell Swept Hilt Rapier
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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.

Sadly, while never proven ineffective or obsolete, the rapier eventually succumbed to the dictates of fashion and gave way to the emerging small sword. Happily Cold Steel has chosen to revive the Rapier with their own interpretation designed by Dave Baker. The long, narrow blade is fully sharpened and beautifully polished with a single wide fuller at the forte to assure perfect balance. The hilt also reflects the best in craftsmanship and materials fashioned from stainless steel featuring a classic ribbed shell and multiple bars, quillions and knuckle bow for unparalleled hard protection. The grip itself is made of wood covered with rich black ray skin and decorative wire and terminates in a heavy ribbed pommel that serves as a counter balance to the Rapier's long blade.
  • Blade Length: 41.50"
  • Overall Length: 50.50"
  • Steel: 1055 Carbon
  • Weight: 43.50 oz.
  • Handle: 9.00"
  • Scabbard: Leather Scabbard w/ Steel Fittings
  • Made in China

UPC Code: 705442008705

1055 Carbon Steel
1055 Carbon Steel An extremely tough steel with high carbon content and a hardness between 60-64RC, 1055 is best suited for high-impact and high-stress applications.
Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to Kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Cold Steel 88CHR Ribbed Shell Swept Hilt Rapier 41.5" Carbon Steel Bladerated 5.000 stars out of 5 (1 review)
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Cold Steel 88CHR Ribbed Shell Swept Hilt Rapier 41.5" Carbon Steel Blade
rated 5 stars out of 5
Bob M
Oct 05, 2012
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Finish, Handle Material, Blade Material, Overall Quality, Usable
Cons: None
What a beauty
Although this is a usable sword, I bought it strictly as a collectable. The fit and finish are outstanding and it is a joy to look at. It would be perfect as a thrusting sword, but the blade is a bit too heavy for fencing type use.


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