The “rapier” is a late-period thrusting and parrying sword with an elaborate hilt. Frequently, the type of rapier hilt is specified in Society blazon.
The “swept-hilted rapier” is found in period armory, in the canting arms (Italian spada) of Spatafora [BSB Cod.Icon 273:243]. This form may always be used if the type of rapier is left unblazoned.
The Society also has examples of the “cup-hilted rapier”, a variant dating to the beginning of the 17th Century [Stone 524]. This form of rapier should not be drawn as a modern fencing foil or epée: i.e., it should have prominent quillons and a knuckle-guard.
The Order of Defense bears: Three rapiers in pall inverted, tips crossed.
Amannita Villarosa bears: Vert, two rapiers conjoined in chevron argent.
Johann Friedrich bears: Per saltire sable and gules, in fess two rapiers Or.