Meyer’s Rapier – Annotated Cutting Diagrams

In Meyer’s 1570 text, we find three statues that serve as cutting diagram. The cuts relating to these diagrams can be found in the beginning of chapter 4.


Vertical Cuts

  • The first vertical cut (red) is the Scalp Cut or Brain Blow.
  • The second vertical cut (not shown) is the Squinting Cut. This is performed with the false edge.
  • The last vertical cut (blue) is the Suppressing Cut. This is performed on the lines to either either side. Note that there is more to the Suppressing Cut than just its target. I’ll discuss it more at a later date.

Diagonal Cuts

  • The first diagonal cut (red) is the Neck Cut.
  • The second diagonal cut (blue) is the Belt Cut. Note that this is the natural waist, not the hip where we now wear our belt.
  • The third diagonal cut (orange) is the Thigh Cut, so named because it enters on the lower thigh.

Horizontal Cuts

  • The first horizontal cut (red) is the Shoulder Cut. This is also known as the Defense Cut.
  • The second horizontal cut (blue) is the Hip Cut. It starts on the flank and exits the upper thigh.
  • The third horizontal cut (orange) is the Foot Cut. According to Meyer, “The “foot” refers to the entire lower leg from the knee to the sole of the foot”.
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