The good Juncker von A. called it “Lanzenstechen auf Schusters Rappen”*: The back leg does not begin to straighten until the arm s fully extended. Since this reduces the tip speed to that of the body, it helps when the opponent (a) doesn’t move and (b) doesn’t attendmpt to parry. But we like the follow-up to the mask, even though it is useless in foil fencing.
- this idiomatic expression literally translates as “lance-running on shoemaker’s black horse”; shoemaker’s black horse is, of course, a pair of shoes. Pedestrian jousting, in other words.
Sometimes a manuscript comes along that you can’t just turn down…
Our publishing parent, Secret Archives Press, LLC, has just announced the release of a powerful new thriller in the Spillane tradition.
SMT Maxx’s Fratricide: No Good Deed will go public on May 15, 2014. Continue reading
We’ve fallen deplorably short on fencing and sword stories. To tide us over, here’s a bit of a scuffle taken from a new title, Fratricide: No Good Deed, by SMT Maxx, which was just published by our mothership, Secret Archives Press… Continue reading
One of the leading search terms that brings novice FencingClassics readers to our site is “topless fencing”.
And since we thrive on giving people what they want, we’re happy to oblige… with images of duels between women in various stages of dress and undress… Continue reading
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Collectors of modern sports weapons face a bit of a dilemma. It’s almost impossible to tell a piece of recent scrap metal found in the back of the club armory from a weapon with at least budding historical value.
Luckily, some old fencing equipment catalogs provide a clue at dating and contextual placement. Like the 1938 catalog of Vince Fencing Equipment, Inc., which provides some clues to early sports sabers… Continue reading
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Tagged amberger collection, fencing, Garcia v. Joseph Vince Co. (1978) 84 Cal.App.3d 868, Italian saber, joseph vince, old fencing weapons, sport saber
Group class vs. individual lesson?
The armed and police forces of the world had their choices made for them by virtue of the very number of recruits needing instruction.
But how did they get them to look good from a distance…
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He managed to escape being turned into shell casings in World War I. Melted down for war reparations during the Weimar Republic. He dodged the Nazi leveling of Breslau in 1945, and the Red Army’s knocking over what was left.
And since he ended up behind the Iron Curtain, in a different country, he even escaped the politically correct B.S. that imprints modern Germany…
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