A rapier was a one-handed, martial melee weapon in the sword family.[2]

Description Edit

The rapier was a slender, sharply pointed sword often with a complex hilt designed to protect the wielding hand. The blade could be sharpened along some or all of the length of the blade or may not have any cutting edge at all. The blade was typically an inch (2.5cm) wide or less and 39 inches (1 meter) or more in length. A typical rapier cost 20gp and weighed 2lbs (0.9kg).[3]


Used mainly for thrusting and piercing attacks, it was favored by both fencers and duelists. Rapiers were relatively light blades and quite deadly in the hands of those properly trained, therefore they were classified as martial weapons.[citation needed]

Behind the ScenesEdit

Real-life rapiers had roughly the same weight as longswords and arming swords of the medieval era, usually between 1 and 1.6 kg and were often so long as to be unwearable at the hip. While optimized for thrusting, the long sharp blade worked well for slashing, making the historicl rapier a cut and thrust weapon in the same general class as european arming swords (the longsword of D&D), longswords (wielded with two hands, light hilt unless it was a decorative piece, usually lighter than arming swords of a similar balance.), the chinese jian, common migration-era swords, celtic leaf-bladed swords, the roman gladius and spatha and several others.[citation needed]

Notable rapiersEdit

One of the Baneblades of Demron[4]



Further readingEdit

External linksEdit


  1. 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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Richard Baker, James Wyatt (March 2004). Player's Guide to Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 121. ISBN 0-7869-3134-5.
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