Bone Handled Swept Hilt Rapier Review

This review of the Bone Handled Swept Hilt Rapier may be brief, and it may not be one of those reviews that compares it to historical originals and argues about the finer points of its handling or construction.

But it is a fun, mostly visual look at what to expect from this particular piece - all done from an end users perspective. And while the amount of information is not huge, it is enough so that you can decide if it is something that you'd like to add to your personal collection or not...

Plus, you have to admit, regardless of how historically accurate it may be, it is certainly a very photogenic piece!

Hanwei Bone Handled Swept Hilt Rapier

Review by Brian Stine, Greenfield USA

Point of Balance    
Price Range

Unspecified Carbon Steel
2lbs 4oz
1" from guard

I've wanted a Rapier for a long time. I have always thought of it as The "Gentleman's" sword!

It came to me packet in a Styrofoam container, that was boxed and packet with packing-paper.

Blade length: 37"
Hilt length: 8.5"
Overall: 45.5"
POB (point of balance): 1" from base of Hilt
Weight: 2 lbs. 4 oz


The tip had a burr on it, so I used a sharpening stone on it and cleaned it up.


I think the bone handle is attractive, but because its so smooth I think if your hand was to become sweaty you may lose your grip.


The Blade is not sharpened, so no cutting. I thrust it into the box that it came in, and it went through it with no resistance.

The long blade was a little strange as I am accustomed to katana. When I went to test the handling I put a huge scratch in my wall not realizing how close I was standing to the wall. LOL.


  • Extremely ornate and attractive

  • Superior Packaging for protection in transit

  • Excellent price and value for money


  • Bone handled hilt may potentially become slippery with sweat (recommended to use with leather gloves)


Like all the Renaissance Hanwei swords, this blade has gone the way of the do-do..

However, bearing the good and bad points of this blade in mind, for anyone looking for something similar we strongly suggest you check out the range of Renaissance swords available HERE at Kult of Athena

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