Fencing or Rapier Combat is a competitive marshal art involving a bated or rebated blade Bated blade (aka rebated blade) – A blade designed and expressly meant for training or tournament use. These are designed to simulate as closely as possible the weight, balance, and action of a “sharp” while still maintaining a blunted edge. Because of this, rebated blades often look don’t resemble the swords they are made to simulate. These blades are designed specifically for practice and to minimize the possibility of injury.