The rapier is a slender, sharply pointed sword often with a complex hilt designed to protect the wielding hand. The blade may be sharpened along some or all of the length of the blade or may not have any cutting edge at all. The blade is typically an inch (2.5cm) wide or less and 39 inches (1 meter) or more in length. A typical rapier costs 20gp and weighs 2lbs (0.9kg).
Used mainly for thrusting and piercing attacks, it is favored by many fencers and duelists alike. Rapiers are relatively light blades and quite deadly in the hands of those properly trained, therefore they are classified as martial weapons. In D&D 3rd edition, rapiers can only be used without penalty with the martial weapons feat. In 3.5 edition the rapier is listed as a one-handed melee weapon, not a light weapon. Rapiers are not mentioned in the 2nd edition player's handbook. However, Rapiers feature in the Fighters Handbook and Thieves Handbook for the Swashbucker subclass.
- Gregory W. Detwiler (August 1996). “A Flurry of Swords”. In Pierce Watters ed. Dragon #232 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 29–32.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 149. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 116. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
- ↑ Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook 3.5 edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 116,120. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
- ↑ Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 121. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.