To the hardcore xiphomachophiliac, there’s only one thing better than finding a great old sword.
Finding a great old sword that once belonged to a great old man.
Looks like an enterprising diver and treasure hunter has entered sword nirvana. He claims to have found a sword in an ancient shipwreck.
A sword that can be traced back directly to Admiral Nelson… Continue reading
Since we just reviewed and edited this posting and still have one more article on Italian-style sports saber in the pipeline, we’ve decided to make this “Eye-talian Saber Week” at SHotS Fencing Classics…
Posted in 19th Century, fencing, Saber
Tagged gaugler, leg cut, parise, pecoraro, pessina, radaelli, saber fencing, sciabola, Science of fencing, scuola magistrale, slipping the leg
The purpose of this site is not just to make you spend hours on end surfing and downloading free pics we paid an arm and a leg for to acquire.
Our mission is to discover to you the true Secrets of the Sword.
Revealed today: How did cavalry troopers make sure their blades had a perfect edge? Continue reading
Who’d possibly want a matched set of tin figures staging a Biedermeier-era Mensur?
Err… yes, who indeed. Possibly the same kind of person who has a sextett of Spelter and bronze fencing figurines staring at his desk?
This one we haven’t acquired—yet. But would accept it from our Leibbursch any time. Continue reading
Based on the historical record, a duel with sharp épées was an unpleasant affair. Chances were that three feet of needle-pointed steel might transport you from the terrain to the Happy Hunting Grounds with considerable pain and suffering.
So who’re you to judge the little “trucs” that might get you a breather during your affair of honor… Continue reading
Posted in 19th Century, 20th Century, Epee, fencing, Images, Weapons
Tagged degen, duel français, duelldegen, Epee, epee duel, epee fencing, escrime, french epee, la vie au grand air, steampunk, tactics, trucs
A few weeks ago, we examined Eight Dueling Épées.
Today, we noticed a variant of one of the older specimens up for auction: A cousin of “The Transitional”… Continue reading
Posted in 18th Century, 19th Century, Armory, Epee, rapier, smallsword, Weapons
Tagged auction, épée de combat, colichemarde, dueling epee, dueling sword, french epee, transitional rapier, transitional smallsword
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
FencingClassics bids a fond farewell to an old mentor, friend, and adviser:
On December 10, 2011, one of the great fencing masters, scholars, and authors of the 20th century, Maestro William M. Gaugler, died of cancer in Sunnyvale, California.
We appreciate what you’ve done for us… Continue reading
Posted in 19th Century, 20th Century, Epee, Fencers Magazine, fencing, Foil, Saber
Tagged bill gaugler, italian school of fencing, Science of fencing, scienza della scherma, william gaugler
Among the mountains of scrap metal that have changed hands via eBay in the past couple of years, fencing épées pre-dating the 1920’s were few and far between. Even more rare were dueling épées—true épées, that is, made for the very specific purpose of a French-style duel with thrusting weapons. We’ve picked 8 dueling épées from the Amberger Collection to check out a couple of details… Continue reading
Posted in 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, Epee, Images
Tagged amberger collection, collecting swords, degen, dueling epee, duelldegen, Epee, pariser, weapons
Readers of The Lazarus Smile will no doubt remember that it was F.C. Christmann, Professor of the Art of Fencing and Member of Several Academies, who started the whole darn mess by handing Ernst Moritz Arndt a stack of classical manuscript scraps. But unlike the Byzantine cascade of events that find their preliminary end in the Sherpur Cantonment Cemetary in Kabul, his self-defence advice is straightforward… Continue reading
Posted in 19th Century, fencing, Saber, singlestick
Tagged Baron de Marbot, Brigadier Gerard, Christmann, deutsche selbstverteidigung, Flashman, hiebfechten, lazarus smile, mainz income, Saber, säbel