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H. Angelo’s 1845 Target Rose Recreated

For the month of July, 2017, Columbia Classical Fencing instruction will take a brief excursion into the realm of cutlass and sabre. We will be training with short single sticks which are fast and satisfying to use. We will base … Continue reading

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Restored: H. Angelo’s Print — Highland Broad Sword, 1799

A beautifully restored version of Henry Angelo’s print illustrated by Thomas Rowlandson, The Manual and the Ten Divisions of the Highland Broad Sword (1799) has been posted to the web without indication of who did the restoration work — and … Continue reading

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The Cavé in French Swordsmanship

French fencing masters wrote about the cavé (pronounced cahv-ay) as a distinct fencing action. In French, caver means to cave in or collapse. The cavé thus described how a fencer would change or position his wrist or body to create a sharp angle—“caving in” from, … Continue reading

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Angelo on Mounting and Choosing a Blade

Domenico Angelo’s L’Ecole des Armes Several historic texts on small sword and classical fencing have withstood the test of time.  Few have resonated as well as Domenico Angelo’s L’Ecole des Armes, originally written in French and published in London in … Continue reading

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Monsieur L’Abbat on Sword Length

If you are considering acquiring a smallsword, then the choice of blade and the overall weapon length merit careful consideration. Smallsword enthusiasts typically use practice épée blades, though they differ significantly from historic examples. Modern épée blades most often used … Continue reading

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