Monthly Archives: September 2012

Discussion on Sturtzhauw, the plunging strike

  Meyer often describes cuts that seem a lot more like plays to me and I believe the sturtzhauw is a two step attack rather than a strike you throw directly. The way I see it the sturtzhauw begins with … Continue reading

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Don’t be Sloppy – Guardia Alta Edition

While researching for a class on Bolognese-Dardi terminology, I looked at this picture. I didn’t just see it, something about it caused me to actively look at it. Notice how his blade is about 15 degrees from center. Now look … Continue reading

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Diogo Gomes de Figueyredo’s Montante – Demonstrated by ModernSwordsman

These videos are an interpretation of Diogo Gomes de Figueyredo’s Memorial Of the Practice of the Montante. If you open the video on YouTube you can see the text of the lesson the presenter is working through.  Purpleheart Armory sells … Continue reading

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Applying Fabris to Meyer’s First Scalp Cut

One of the problems with the first device for the scalp cut (Schedelhauw) in Meyer’s Rapier is figuring out how to throw the cut. A simple wrist cut lacks power and a molinello temporarily moves the point off line. Since … Continue reading

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Using Geometry to Pattern a Heater Shield

According to the research by Peter Johnsson, medieval weapons were designed using geometric principals. In this image from wikipedia, we can see the same principals used to design a heater shield that is pleasing to the eye. File:Coa Illustration Editing … Continue reading

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The Purposes of the Rotella

This looks like it can be used as a historic basis for recreating sword and shield combat as envisioned by movies about knights. The small buckler (brocchiero piccolo) was the sidearm issued to play with blunt swords (spade da giochi) … Continue reading

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Hurstwic: Viking Shields

  A few shields have survived from the Viking age, notably the shields from the Gokstad ship, which date from the 10th century. The ship was equipped with 32 shields, several of which survive intact. They were made from a … Continue reading

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