Monthly Archives: January 2012


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Follow-up: 1796-Pattern American Saber

We’ve received a number of questions regarding the American “War of 1812” saber we described in a previous posting.

Several inquiries touched on the valuation of a weapon like this.

We dug up a few references… Continue reading

Swords in the News: Mother of all Swords to be auctioned

We can’t say for sure if the Swords of Qādisīyah are or aren’t in place any more. But one of the late Saddam Hussein’s other swords, sans arms, is looking for a new owner.

Described as an “ornate presentation sword,” it will go on the block this weekend at Amoskeag Auction Company Inc. in Manchester, NH.  

The sword is 43 inches in overall length, with a 37-inch straight, single-edged blade. It was “liberated” from Hussein’s Baghdad office in the military command complex in 2003. Continue reading

New Feature: Books of the Sword

We’ve kicked off the new year with two executive decisions:

First, we discovered that the publishing rights of The Secret History of the Sword have reverted back to us. And we noticed that we’ve yet again  strayed far from pure “FencingClassics”—back into coverage of pretty much all eras and systems in which people pummeled each other with sharp iron. Hence, what better new-old programmatic name for our blog than “The Secret History of the Sword”? Continue reading

Research: Tudor Fencing vs. Tudor Soccer Fatalities

Despite the occasional death on the fencing strip, modern competitive fencing is a safe sport. Heck, more kids have died taking a Little League baseball on the chest than have even been nicked by a blade!

Despite a higher degree and frequency of serious injury or even fatality, it looks that 16th-century fencing practice (as opposed to the duel, we suppose) was a civilized affair compared to archery. But the most deadly of pastimes in Tudor England apparently was football…

Read on…

Weapons: The 1796 Light Cavalry Saber in the War of 1812

For Americans, the year 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

What kind of edged-weapons gear and literature can we dig up from this period? Continue reading

In Memoriam: Bob Anderson

Millions enjoyed his sword skills on screen. And thousands took up fencing in all its facets after watching him perform.

Robert James Gilbert “Bob” Anderson, Olympic fencer and coach, military sword instructor, and most influential stunt performer and choreographer after William Hobbs, died on January 1, 2012.

Read the AP Obituary…


Fencers Magazine: Health benefits for older fencers

We’ve always known it: Fencing is a veritable health panacea. Not only for the young… but especially for old codgers like us:

Fencing in the News: Health benefits for older fencers.

Research: The Axed Man of Mosfell

In 2012, FencingClassics broadens its scope: Rather than restricting ourselves to modern fencing and its progenitors, we want to expand into a resource for most that captures the imagination of xhiphomachophiliacs.

What better way to start with than a Viking burial. Even better, the burial of a Viking who handed in his chips after a few harp whacks on the head!

We had, of course, nothing to do with the skill and knowledge that went into this academic paper. But we’re not ashamed at all to hitch a ride on the work of the better qualified… Continue reading