En Garde! While the Seville Stinger Rapier boasts state-of-the-art materials and construction, its historically faithful design, authentic accents and breathtakingly ornate hilt are straight out of 16th century Europe! This stunning display sword is truly the best of old and new. Like its legendary Renaissance and Baroque-era forebears, the Seville Stinger's blade profile is sleek and streamlined. A major departure from the hefty, imposing broadsword blade of the earlier Middle Ages, the needle-like rapier blade was prized for its dexterity and thrusting power, which was ideal for the duels between high-blooded nobility that were commonplace in 16th and 17th century Europe. The Seville Stinger may not win any sword fights, but – with the display blade's gleaming mirror polish and gracefully slender form – it'll undoubtedly win the affection and admiration of all who see it! The Seville Stinger's ornate hilt is even more eye-catching than the blade – an elegant entanglement of black metal ring guards, all orbiting the complementary handle and the blade’s upper reaches. Called a "swept hilt," historically this strikingly elaborate feature protected the wielder's hand and even served as a "blade catch," allowing a skilled dueler to disarm his opponent with a bit of clever, albeit risky, maneuvering. Alas, the days of gentlemanly rapier duels are but a distant memory, but the era of the storied rapier lives on in the Seville Stinger. Enhance your sword collection, beautify any space in your home or office, add historical realism to theater productions and more with this spectacular display sword today!