In the assaulti of both Manciolino and Marozzo, we are often told to assume Guardia di Testa for a variety of reasons. From there, there are many occasions where we are asked to strike the dome of the buckler with our false edge, and the cut a montante.
When done outside of measure, this is just a nice looking flourish. But from the bind, it becomes quite interesting.
To begin, have your partner throw a Mandritto such that you will parry in Guardia di Testa (Head Guard) with the left foot forward. Thus bound on the left side, you will turn over your hand as if to strike your buckler with your false edge.
As you reverse your blade so that the false edge is on his, you will wrench his blade onto your buckler. The more he resists this, the more solidly his blade will bind with your buckler.
As soon as his blade slips off your sword and onto the buckler, immediately throw a rising cut with the true edge to his right chin or temple.
The Montante is not a Falso
The wording in Manciolino is somewhat problematic. He says that the Montante is thrown “in the manner of a Falso”. Unfortunately this has led many of us to incorrectly think that the Montante is performed with the false edge.
If you try this technique with a Falso, you are going to have a couple of problems. First of all, you waste a lot of time turning your hand back over. As this is a stretta play, the timing is especially tight.
Secondly, this throws your point too high. It is possible to account for this, but that takes even more time. And in general, the high point makes it much easier to parry.
So instead, throw the Montante as a true edge cut along the line of the Falso. This is a direct strike that will be very difficult to counter.