A rapier and a dagger found on the Thames foreshore show us that swordfights routinely broke out on the streets of London.
rapier shopped the script around, but thankfully no one wanted to pick it up.
"light, sharp-pointed sword," 1550s, from Middle French rapière, from espee rapiere "long, pointed two-edged sword" (late 15c.), in which the adjective is of uncertain origin, perhaps from derisive use of raspiere "poker, scraper." Dutch, Danish rapier, German Rappier are from French.