Tag Archives: Small Sword

4th of July

Reminder: due to Independence Day, our Saturday July 4th practice is cancelled.  We will resume our regular schedule on Thursday, July 9th. Given the occasion, here is some related artwork of historic American fencing weapons and accoutrements. They are drawings of one of Washington’s … 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 Blade Cant and Bend

Not so easily found, this digitized plate from L’Abbat (Labat) is signficantly more detailed than the plates in the digitized treatise circulating the web. Note the defender’s bent blade tip. Monsieur Labat (the translator, Andrew Mahon, misspelled Labat’s name as … Continue reading

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Diderot: Modern Arms & Blades, 1765

From the Encyclopédie of Diderot & d’Alembert, 1765.

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