Monthly Archives: October 2012

Meyer’s Longsword – The Sturtzhauw or Plunging Strike

This is a high cut with the short edge of the sword. It is used to attack over an obstacle such as a sword in Ochs or a shield. In the SCA this is known as a Scorpion or Sky … Continue reading

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Girard Thibault – Figures G and H on Narrow Passages

When fighting in a narrow passage it may be necessary to reduce the length of the sword. Here are two examples: Figure G Figure H

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Girard Thibault – Chapter 1, Figures A thru E: More on Selecting a Sword

Thibault appears to come from an era where stupidly long swords were fashionable. I cannot think of any other reason why he is so determined to instruct his students to use shorter blades. Figure A This shows how a proper … Continue reading

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Girard Thibault – Selecting a Sword

Determining the proper length of the sword in Thibault’s system is easy: Therefore the measure of the sword is such that the length of the blade from the point to the quillons is equal to the half-diameter, that is, if … Continue reading

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SH1024 Wood Grip Rapier by CAS Hanwei

In case I need to order replacement parts… SH1024 Wood Grip Rapier by CAS Hanwei

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Hanging Point with Longswords vs Greatswords

In the images below look at the orientation of the right hand. For the two longswords the thumb is towards the point, while Alfieri’s greatsword has the thumb towards the pommel. Francesco Alfieri Jakob Sutor The man on the right … Continue reading

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Henry de Sainct-Didier – Introduction to the French Single Sword

Sainct-Didier is a French master who wrote his text in 1573. The publishers notes on Amazon say, Written in 1573 by fencing master Henry de Sainct-Didier, this is believed to be the first French sword manual ever written. Noting that … Continue reading

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Paulus Hector Mair’s Sword and Buckler – Two Bindings from the Left Side

The second plate, numbered 18, covers three devices. Like plate 17, they alternate between fencers. The first play begins with the left foot forward and sword refused. The weak of the blade is actually supported by the buckler. First Device, … Continue reading

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Paulus Hector Mair’s Sword and Buckler – Two Upper Bindings from the Right Side

I am using the translation by Keith P. Meyers. He begins with book 2, plate 17, which contains the first sword and buckler plate. Since this translation was specifically aimed at the sword and buckler section, a lot of theory … Continue reading

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Girard Thibault – Chapter 1 Circle 4, Measure

First Instance Our fencer is standing on the quadrangle AC.  Across from him is his opponent standing on quadrangle ZX. Thibault considers this to be the First Instance or the widest range that they may hit each other in middle … Continue reading

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