Category Archives: 17th Century

English Version: Fencing in the “Visible World” of Johann Amos Comenius

Not sure why, but we’ve been getting a ton of requests to provide English translations of our German-language contributions.

(What’s wrong with you people?)

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Rapier; Germany, c. 1610, Part II

 

More of the Tesche Wirsberg Rapier

More of the Tesche Wirsberg Rapier

Yes, we do requests… here are more pictures of our 1610 rapier

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Five Fencing Classics that deserve more views than they got

Épée fencer; France, c. 1890
Foil Fencers; Germany, c. 1920
Wrestling; Germany, c. 1550
Épée Fencer; France, c. 1900
Saber fencers; Italy, 1897

Das Deutsche Hiebfechten vor dem europäischen Hintergrund

Trotz seiner heutigen Populär-Identifikation mit nationalistischen Strömungen ist das Hiebfechten der deutschen Studenten fest in europäische Traditionen eingebunden.

 

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Rapier; Germany, c. 1610

Tough act to follow

Tough act to follow

 

Battered, broken and repointed…

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“Transition Rapier”; Scotland, 1687

Hope of Scotland

Hope of Scotland

Picasso he ain’t….

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Jägerstock; Germany, 1660

The Jägerstock or halbe Pique

The Jägerstock or halbe Pique

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jägerstock, not Jägermeister…

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Rapier and Buckler; Dutch, 1630

The Glory that was Rome

 

 

 

The Glory that was Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once again, no documentary value…

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Fechtschule; Germany, 1623

Fechtschule der Klopffechter

Fechtschule der Klopffechter

Fechtschule der Klopffechter, 1623

 

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Eskrima, Spanish rapier, and the Lost Continent of Mu

Did arnis/escrima “develop” from Spanish rapier fencing? Often, a little shred of historical fact can be stretched into eye-pleasing tapestries of historicizing fiction: Thoughts on Diffusionism in martial arts history…

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