Cold Steel 88CHD Ribbed Shell Rapier Companion Dagger 14-1/4" Carbon Steel Blade


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Part #: CS88CHD | Cold Steel Knives
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CS88CHD: Ribbed Shell Rapier Companion Dagger
Cold Steel

Companion Parrying Dagger
Designed to compliment our Ribbed Shell Swept Hilt Rapier, our Parrying Dagger offers a long, double edged blade with a stiff, diamond cross section and is fully sharpened, which makes it ideal for delivering a lethal thrust. In addition to that, it also sports twin, upturned quillions that are expertly angled to catch, trap, and immobilize an opponent's blade. The handle of our dagger is styled to match the correspondingly larger Rapier with its similar wood, ray skin and wire grip, and heavy ribbed pommel.

Ribbed Shell Swept Hilt Rapier (CS88CHR sold separately)

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 our 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 our Rapier's long blade.
  • Blade Length: 14 1/4"
  • Overall Length: 20 3/4"
  • Steel: 1055 Carbon
  • Weight: 15.6 oz
  • Handle: 6 1/2"
  • Scabbard: Leather Scabbard w/ Steel Fittings
  • Made in China

UPC Code: 705442008712

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.
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.
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3 out of 5
Dec 12, 2013
Pros: None
Cons: Overall Quality, Finish
Not up to Cold Steel's usual quality standard
I own many Cold Steel products. This rapier is not up to their usual high quality standard. The rapier seem robust enough, however the bade is not very sharp. The fit and finish is average to poor. The ray skin used on the hilt is very nice, but the wire wrapping is somewhat loose and subject to movement. For a product costing more than $150, I expected more from Cold Steel.
5 out of 5
Bob M
Oct 05, 2012
Pros: Finish, Sheath, Handle Material, Blade Material, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Prefect companion
I bought this as a companion to the Swept Hilt Rapier, which it compliments perfectly. This really is a beautiful dagger.
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