Category Archives: Sword and Buckler

Buckler Handles from the Wallace Collection

Italy, Round, c. 1600, 21” Italy or France, Round, c. 1550 – c. 1560, 15.5” Italy, Rectangular, c. 1540, 14” x 13” (top) 9” (bottom) Italy, Rectangular, c. 1540, 10” x 10” (top) 8” (bottom) Click on the images for … Continue reading

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MS I.33: Why is your sword between my arms? (4r)

People often wonder how this curious picture arises: The common speculation that I’ve heard is that it has something to do with Nucken (Nodding). I don’t think that’s the case. Consider this passage, Here the priest should beware that he … Continue reading

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MS I.33 – Actions from and Reactions to the Counter-Bind (2v)

So someone has just fallen under your sword and you counter-bind. What happens next?The manual gives you two options: Here the scholar rebinds and steps, he is to [do the] schiltslac. Or enclose the arms of the priest with the … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Buckler: Sotto il Braccio Part 2

Where we last left off, we had the agent throwing a Falso (rising, back-edge cut) from Sotto il Braccio (underarm) in an attempt to thwart his opponent’s expected response. Chapter 11/12, Play 2 Counter The counter to the Falso sounds … Continue reading

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MS I.33 – Falling Under from Underarm (2r)

In my post titled Manciolino’s Sword and Buckler: Sotto il Braccio Part 1, I discussed the basic attacks from Sotto il Braccio/First Ward/Underarm. My premise was that you wouldn’t use horizontal or rising true edge cuts from Underarm because they … Continue reading

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Manciolino’s Sword and Buckler: Sotto il Braccio Part 1

When looking at Sotto il Braccio, also known as Under-Arm or First Ward (MS I.33), the general assumption is that the most natural attack is an upwards diagonal cut with the true edge. Which is why I find it so … Continue reading

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Training Log for Antonio Manciolino Books 1 thru 3

One of the hardest things about working through a drill heavy book such as Manciolino is that it can be hard to keep track of what you’ve worked on.  You may do an drill, then completely forget it the next … Continue reading

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