“This is how the local boys fence here daily. Once I participated but I soon had enough. My arm was almost through and I still have the scars to prove it.”
Postcard from 1907 depicting young boys practicing with the heavy basket-hilt saber, or Korbsäbel. The image is unusual as it shows the Ehrenwaffe (weapon of honor) of the German and Austrian university students in the hands of school-age boys.
(Older boys wouldn’t have been caught dead in shorts in that period!)
The equipment used is professional: Padded platsrons, cuffs (Stulpen), and heavy “Stierkopf” (bull’s head) masks. The practice sabers alone can weigh over two pounds.
In the picture, the boy to the left is attacking with a short lunge, aiming a high Quart at his opponent’s left forehead.