Old School: Four Kreußlerian Foils

kr3From the late 1600’s until the first decade of the 20th century, the Kreußler method of thrust fencing dominated the use of the foil and “Rappier”. Here are four representative varieties of the weapons used…

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More swords looking for a home…

swordsThere’s more swords on the block over at SwordExchange.com. Continue reading

Where to get your daily dose of iron…

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FencingClassics has established a collector-to-collector forum where fencing and HEMA enthusiasts can not only list weapons and books for sale, but will create an ongoing record of weapon dimensions, weight, length, balance points and price levels…

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Salvatore Fabris 1st edition for Sale

Salvatore FabrisThe most important figure in the history of Western fencing was the Italian fencing master Salvatore Fabris.

While in the services of King Christian IV of Denmark, he wrote and published his De lo scherzo, overo scienza d’arme in Copenhagen in 1606. 

This is a complete copy of the Italian-laguage first Waltkirch edition.

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See You at the 2015 American Smallsword Symposium in Timonium, Md.

SmallswordGranted, it’s been a while since I’ve made it to a Historical Sword-Fighting event…

This time around, I have no excuse not to go: Victor Markland has organized what is shaping up to be a great event right down the road from my club… Continue reading

Belated Merry Christmas—The Free History of the Sword

Amberger Secret History of the SwordAfter 15 years, I might as well…

The Secret History of the Sword is now available free from this site, on .pdf Continue reading

Just put it on Craig’s List: Hastings Sword doesn’t sell!

_76214770_swordcompPity the fools!

The BBC writes: “A medieval sword possibly taken as a trophy during the Battle of Hastings has failed to sell at auction. The “extremely rare” broadsword belonged to Humphrey De Bohun, a kinsman of William The Conqueror.

Sir Humphrey fought at Hastings in 1066, where Christie’s auctioneers think he could have captured the sword.

It had been hoped the sword would fetch up to £120,000 in the auction house’s Out of the Ordinary sale in South Kensington The weapon has an earlier Viking blade, dating from the mid-11th Century.”

But no—nobody cared!

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The Kriegsbuch of Ludwig von Eyb

Von Eyb KriegsbuchWe may not be up-to-date any more on what old fencing and wrestling manuals are available and accessible by now. But we just found a careful transcription of von Eyb’s fencing and wrestling sections that deserve greater exposure. Here ya go… Continue reading

Shocking New Book: Vic DelFrate’s Weird Trick to Blow Up the Mob

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Sometimes a manuscript comes along that you can’t just turn down…

Our publishing parent, Secret Archives Press, LLC, has just announced the release of a powerful new thriller in the Spillane tradition. 

SMT Maxx’s Fratricide: No Good Deed will go public on May 15, 2014. Continue reading

Fencing as a Language (Imre Vass)

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This excerpt was brought to my attention by reddit user /u/notinsanescientist. It is from Imre Vass’s book Epee Fencing: a Complete System:

“Fencing is like a language. Just like someone trying to listen to a rapid conversation in a foreign tongue, only occasionally can a non-fencer or casual spectator recognize how the individual actions of the fencers are related to one another. And just as, once we grasp the meaning of a sentence, we tend to forget its precise words, so, for the spectator whose eye has registered that a touch has scored, the movements preceding the hit proper tend to dissolve into each other; losing their individual importance. It must be borne in mind, however, that the hit itself is neither more nor less than the period, ending a sentence that has both content and style. The essence and content of fencing are to be found in…

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