|Damage vs. small||1d6|
|Damage vs. large||1d8|
|Base price||40 zm|
A rapier is a new melee weapon is SLASH'EM. It uses the saber skill. As compared to a silver saber, it is lighter, has slightly lower base damage, and is made of metal rather than silver. It is thus also naturally erodeproof, but gets no bonus against silver-haters.
Rapiers are never randomly generated. However, a +1 rapier will always be found on a rogue in Grund's Stronghold. One could also wish for one, although a silver saber is superior in almost every respect.
A comment in the source code indicates that this item was intended to serve as the base item for an artifact named Scalpel. It is not present in SLASH'EM's artilist.h, but SLASH'EM's artifact.c file contains commented-out code for such an artifact. It appears that Scalpel would have a chance to inflict extra blows: with a 4/11 chance, it would add 1d8 + 1 + the weapon's enchantment damage, and then have a 4/11 chance to do the same again, potentially indefinitely. The weapon is a reference to Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser.
The rapier is a slender sword designed for stabbing with a basket shaped guard that protects the hand. It is similar to the broader broadsword.