Category Archives: Weapons

Western High School Fencing Club, 1925.

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A Disarme in Cart

Since CCF members have been working on disarms, I thought this plate from The Art of Fencing (1730) would be of interest. All of the plates (scans courtesy of Eli Steenput) can be viewed at SmallswordProject.com Art of Fencing Represented … Continue reading

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French Sailors Practice Sabre Salute

The Lumiere brothers captured vignettes of daily life between 1889 and 1900 on motion picture film. In this montage, French sailors are seen practicing a sabre salute on deck. The salute starts at  29:15. Our thanks goes out to Rodney … Continue reading

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The Flamberge

Related to the German flammenschwert (flame sword), the flamberge (flame blade) was a rapier variation named for its undulating blade. Found among the upper class in the 17th Century, the flamberge variant is also seen in the transitional rapier, the … Continue reading

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The Urumi of Kalaripayattu

And now for something completely different, and your cross-cultural moment of the day… Kalaripayattu is the martial art from Kerala, India — located on the extreme southwest edge of the subcontinent.  A weapon used in Kalaripayattu is the urumi.  The … Continue reading

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