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The rapier was the first civilian weapon, developing as the use of armor declined. A thrust and cut weapon, the rapier first appeared in the late 1400's and had its heyday up to the 1600's. The 1600's saw the start of the transitional rapier as hilts became smaller and blades were designed more for thrusting and less for cutting. The cup hilt rapier made its appearance in the early 1650's in Spain, and enjoyed popularity in Spain and Southern Italy until the early 1700's. The rapier was often used with a second defensive weapon; daggers, bucklers, and cloaks were the most popular. While daggers were often decorated "en suite" with their companion rapier, it was by no means unusual to have a "mismatched" set of rapier and dagger. Much lighter than the broadsword of medieval times, the rapier brought about a whole new style of swordplay and a proliferation of fencing schools. The rapier marked the earliest beginnings of fencing as a sport.

- Ceremonial Masonic sword:

This 19th century military sword used for Masonic ceremonies offers exceptional value for money, with a fine and perfectly-polished stainless steel blade and short, black grip. A beautiful cross design is to be found at the tips of the quillons and pommel. The sword comes with a leather scabbard complete with metal pipe and head (protection at the top and bottom of the scabbard).

- Northern European Masonic Sword:

Used until recent times by the Spanish army, this elegant sword has subsequently been utilized for ceremonial Masonic rites in Northern Europe, especially in such countries as Denmark, Holland and Belgium. A typically European-style sabre, it boasts a perfectly-polished stainless-steel blade and a braided grip crowned with a regal design. The gold-plated quillons and pommel are fashioned in a style imbued with military imagery, and the orange-coloured leather scabbard, complete with a gold-plated pipe and head, combines perfectly to ensure a feeling of satisfaction and well-being.

- 18th Century Ceremonial Sword (USA):

This first-rate US ceremonial sword comes with a chrome-plated metal scabbard. Its perfectly-polished stainless-steel blade is a delight to contemplate, and the brass quillons and pommel, enhanced perfectly by a black, lacquered wooden-grip, impart a golden touch of class at an affordable price.

- Masonic Sabre:

This Masonic sabre of unparalleled beauty, with a central vein stretching along the whole length of the blade from hilt to end, will seize the attention of many a sword connoisseur. The quillons are authentically Masonic, with a red cross at the centre. A helmet-shaped pommel crowns the sword's exquisite winding grip. The sword's top-quality black-leather scabbard is adorned with a gold-plated bronze fastener.

- Masonic sabre II:

This popular item has a quality stainless-steel blade with a central vein from top to bottom. The hilt and quillons are engraved with numerous Masonic designs. The scabbard is made of premium-quality black leather. The metallic protection (pipe and head), in an aged-silver style, add to the majestic appearance of the scabbard.


The term "broadsword," while it has become a generic term for the European sword in general, is not really an accurate term when used in that way. The only "true" usage of the word "broadsword" is when it applies specifically to the Scottish basket-hilt weapon of the 17th and 18th C., when that specific term was in usage to that specific weapon (what some people also call a "claymore")

Early incarnations of the basket-hilt sword (right) was in many respects more effective than later models. The basket of steel bars does an excellent job of protecting the hand, yet does not add a great amount of weight. Well balanced, this is an excellent cut and thrust weapon.

This distinctive 1831 Highland Broadsword features a full basket steel handguard lined with red felt and topped with red tassel and double-etched blade. Complete with steel scabbard this sword measures 41" overall with a blade length of 32". It weighs 3.8 pounds.

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