Monthly Archives: December 2016

Fabris – Plate 2: The Extended Prima

The extended Prima is what Fabris refers to as the “properly formed” version of the guard. Guard Analysis The width of the stance is narrow (left) or crossed (right) The length of the stance close, approximately half a foot-length apart … Continue reading

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Fabris – Plate 1: The Withdrawn Prima

The first plate shows what I’ll call the “Withdrawn Prima”. Fabris doesn’t like this posture, but does discuss its merits and flaws before introducing his preferred posture which we’ll call the “Extended Prima”. Guard Analysis The width of the stance … Continue reading

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Comparing Fabris with Generic Standard Rapier

Like many people who started 10 to 20 years ago, I learned something that I’ll call “Generic Standard Rapier”. This isn’t a historic style, but rather an early amalgamation of various, partially translated fencing manuals cobbled together into a coherent … Continue reading

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ShopSmith, Power Station, and Casters

So you’ve decided to put some casters on your ShopSmith or Power Station. And because you’re cheap, you decide to buy them used instead of ordering them from eBay. This is what you need to know: ShopSmith and Power Station … Continue reading

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New Handle for Antique Drill

Not sure what kind of wood this is, but it’s a good match for the old handle. Center drilled the square blank with 1/4″ bit, then mounted it on a pen mandrel. Need to use non-standard bushings, as the Slimline … Continue reading

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