Saber Fencing; Bulgaria, 1930

Leg Cut in Competitive Saber

Leg Cut in Competitive Saber

This 1930 snapshot documents a leg cut in competitive saber fencing…

This private snapshot from the album of a Bulgarian military officer shows a competitive saber bout watched by army officers. The dark-attired fencer to the left has just finished a low attack against the opponent’s outside knee. Neither the director not the judge seem scandalized by it.

Considering that I dedicate about three chapters of The Secret History of the Sword to the demolition of the “low target” myth in saber fencing, I find it gratifying to occasionally run into images that actually back up what I say.

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