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Rapier Handbook Appendix 6 –
Exceptions To Allowed Blades Rules


Permitted and Restricted Blade Types

The purpose of this list is to serve as an appendix to the Rapier Combat Handbook indicating blade types that are specifically allowed or forbidden.

Section 2 of the Weapons and Parrying Devices of the Rapier Combat Handbook lists criteria under which a blade may be used in Society rapier combat without further review. This appendix lists blade types that have been reviewed by the Society Rapier Marshal's office, and either found to be acceptable for use in the Society, or that may not be used in the Society.

Note that while individual Kingdom rules may not allow a blade that is not specifically approved by the Society, Kingdoms may restrict the use of certain types of blades that have been approved by Society. Consult the rules for your Kingdom to determine if a particular blade is approved for use.

Any blade used in rapier combat must still pass the flexibility testing described in section 1.B of the appendix to the Rapier Combat Handbook.


Permitted Blades

The blade types below have been reviewed and deemed acceptable for use by the Deputy Society Marshal for Rapier Combat
BladeNotesApproved forLast reviewed on
Commercially manufactured
fiberglass or plastic foil blades
These blades are often used in youth rapier Youth Rapier Oct 2013
Fiberglass constructed blades Home-made blade simulations made from fiberglass rods. These types of blades were constructed before the wide availability of metal heavy rapier blades and are still used in some parts of the Society due to restrictions imposed by modern law. Heavy Rapier Oct 2013

Restricted Blades

The blade types below have been reviewed and may not be used in any Society rapier activities
BladeNotesLast reviewed on
Bud K blades, all types Oct 2013
Saber blades Saber blades used in modern (olympic) fencing Oct 2013