Collectors of modern sports weapons face a bit of a dilemma. It’s almost impossible to tell a piece of recent scrap metal found in the back of the club armory from a weapon with at least budding historical value.
Luckily, some old fencing equipment catalogs provide a clue at dating and contextual placement. Like the 1938 catalog of Vince Fencing Equipment, Inc., which provides some clues to early sports sabers… Continue reading
Posted in 20th Century, Armory, fencing, Saber, Weapons
Tagged amberger collection, fencing, Garcia v. Joseph Vince Co. (1978) 84 Cal.App.3d 868, Italian saber, joseph vince, old fencing weapons, sport saber
It’s your lucky day: FencingClassics warms up its old Facebook Page.
Is it just another thing to “like”?
Or part of our outreach program to the young generation? Continue reading
The Talking Camel is a writers’ site that Secret Archives Press is trying to get off the ground.
Since we’re not exactly fighting ‘em off right now, we’ve recycled an elderly article that ran maybe 10 years ago in FQM. Possibly, you still might enjoy it.
Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels. But it’s also one of the great sources of historical irony. The War of 1812 created one such irony, as far as the canon of classical fencing literature is concerned.
This one is quite complex, as indeed anything should be that manages to connect personages as diverse as a prominent member of the Boston Tea Party, Mad King George, the Hessian mercenaries—and the ubiquitous fencing master dynasty of the Angelos in a game that makes the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon look as one-dimensional as a Partridge Family reunion special…
Posted in 18th Century, 19th Century, fencing, Foil, Saber, smallsword
Tagged amberger, american fencing, fencing, henry angelo, revolutionary war, us military fencing
At what point did fencing turn into an athletic sport? Could it be that the expansion of the fencing strip had anything to do with it?
FencingClassics is issuing a call for historical strip measurements! Continue reading
How often has this happened to you? Winning a tournament without allowing a single touch to be scored against you. Fencing the Perfect Game!
Caleb True recounts the one tournament where everything went right for him. Read it right here…
“Never go up against a Sicilian when death is on the line!”
The tactical options available to a fencer at the outset of the bout by far surpass those the criminal mastermind Vizzini has to consider in his Battle of Wits. Luckily, we have veteran fencer Joe Hoffman on our side to break the cycle by Stretching the Tactical Wheel… Continue reading
Posted in 20th Century, Epee, fencing, Foil, Saber
Tagged amberger, epee fencing, fencers magazine, fencing, fencing coaching, fencing tactics, foil fencing, fqm, joe Hoffman, saber fencing, tactical wheel
Over at Deutsche Hiebfechtkunst, we’re compiling a repository of cinematic evidence regarding the various methods of European Cut Fencing. Check it out—and point out more to us!
Click right here!
Posted in 19th Century, 20th Century, Schläger, Saber, fencing, singlestick
Tagged fencing, saber fencing, hiebfechten, säbel, mensur, glockenschläger, cut fencing, korbschläger, sabre, heavy saber, Horst Wessel, Hanns Heinz Ewesr, Student von Prag, Terrone
Not sure why, but we’ve been getting a ton of requests to provide English translations of our German-language contributions.
(What’s wrong with you people?)
We’re reluctantly happy to comply, starting with the shorter ones… Continue reading
FencingClassics members were among the first to see this up-to-now unknown early work of German Romantic genre painter Carl Wilhelm Hübner surface from oblivion. Now it’s official: It’s indeed a Hübner. And a great re-discovery!.
by J. Christoph Amberger
Baltimore, MD— An unknown painting from the formative period of the German Romantic painter Carl Wilhelm Hübner was recently discovered in the art collection of a private fencing history archive in Baltimore, Maryland.
The oil painting measures 46.5 cm by 60.5 cm and depicts a pair of fencers in the costumes of the early 19th century.
Posted in 19th Century, fencing, Schläger
Tagged amberger, burschenschaft, carl wilhelm hübner, duel, escrime, fechten, fencing, german painting, mensur
Plenty of action
Talk about a three-ring circus! Continue reading
Posted in 18th Century, Dussack, fencing, Foil, quarterstaff, rapier
Tagged degen, dusak, dusägge, dussack, escrime, fechten, fechtschule, federfechter, fencing, marxbrüder, staff, stange