Rapier Armor Requirements Cheat Sheet

Rapier Armor Material Reference 

Rigid Material 

Puncture-resistant material that will not significantly flex, spread  apart, or deform under pressure of 12 Kg applied by a standard  mask tester, repeatedly to any single point. Examples of rigid  material are: 

  • 22 gauge stainless steel (0.8 mm) 
  • 20 gauge mild steel (1.0 mm) 
  • 16 gauge aluminum, copper, or brass (1.6 mm) 
  • one layer of hardened heavy leather (8 ounce, 3.18 mm) 

Puncture-resistant material 

Any fabric or combination of fabrics that will predictably withstand  puncture. These materials need only be tested at the marshal’s  discretion, refer to Appendix 1 of the Rapier Handbook on Testing  Standards. PUNCTURE RESISTANT MATERIAL DOES NOT  INCLUDE ANY LAYER OF ELASTIC MATERIAL. 

Examples include, but are not limited to: 

  • four-ounce (1.60 mm) leather 
  • four layers of heavy poplin cloth (trigger) 
  • ballistic nylon rated to at least 550 Newtons 
  • 6.5 oz linen at 3 Layers 
  • commercial fencing clothing rated to at least 550 Newtons 

Abrasion-resistant material  

Material that will withstand normal combat stresses (such as being snagged by an unbroken blade) without tearing. Examples  include, but are not limited to: 

  • broadcloth 
  • a single layer of heavy poplin cloth (35% cotton, 65% polyester;  “trigger” cloth) 
  • sweat pants opaque cotton, poly-cotton or lycra/spandex mix tights