Cut-and-thrust Fencing; Germany, 1713

Cut and Parry

Cut and Parry

Schmidt’s fencers preferred cut-and-thrust swords…

This hand-colored copperplate from Schmidt’s 1713 Gründlich lehrende Fecht-Schule shows not just how a cut in low seconde is to be executed (left) but how it needs to be parried (right). Oddly, Schmidt uses the word “Schnitt“, not Hieb (“cut”), which in later heavy saber schools indicated a slicing cut or draw cut.

Source: Schmidt, Johann Andreas, Gründlich lehrende Fecht-Schule, oder Leichte Anweisung, auf Stoß oder Hieb sicher zu fechten; Nebt einem curieusen Unterricht vom Voltigieren und Ringen, mit viel sauber dazu dienlichen Kupfern versehen. Nürnberg: Bei Endterischen Consorten und Engelbrechts Wittwe, 1749; first published in 1713.

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