Cold Steel 88FCR Cavalier Rapier 36" Carbon Steel Blade
CS88FCR: 88FCR Cavalier Rapier
By the mid-1600’s dueling was at the height of its popularity. In fact, this trend for settling affairs of honor with steel reached such heights that King Louis XIII of France outlawed dueling for fear of losing too many of his important dignitaries to this dangerous pursuit!
Aristocratic noblemen saw it as their manly duty to defend their honor at sword-point, and as such began not only seeking out the knowledge and training imparted by specialist sword masters, but also exploring new types of weapons to help them gain a decisive edge.
One particular sword began to gain popularity - a smaller, lighter and faster version of the Rapier that was easier to carry and quicker in combat. A precursor to what would eventually become the smallsword referred to by many simply as the "transitional rapier".
Cold Steel’s interpretation of this blade (which they have named the Cavalier Rapier) features a sharp double edged and needle tipped blade which is decidedly shorter and lighter than a classic rapier, allowing for much more speed and agility.
With a tempered steel pierced shell guard, rings, quillons and knuckle bow it offers astonishingly good hand protection, while its wire wrapped grip and counter balancing pommel give great comfort and liveliness in-hand.
- Item Number: 88FCR
- Blade Length: 36"
- Overall Length: 44.25"
- Blade Material: 1055 Carbon Steel
- Blade Thickness: 0.2"
- Handle Material: Wire Wrapped
- Scabbard Material: Leather with Steel Fittings
- Weight: 38.4 oz.
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.
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.