You kidding? I'd suggest you look up the history and use of European rapiers. In summary, they were a "gentleman's" accessory. They were commonly used in duels as men in the 18th century France and England had to defend their honor and would kill each other in the street, or in formal duels. Swords were used throughout most of history until the late 18th century for butchering innocents, peasants, etc. In fact, human kind has been butchering each other in various ways since recorded history.