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Combative celebrity: The 1796 Rules and Regulations

marchant 1796 Rules and RegulationsLeafing through the most recent issue of the Smithsonian magazine, tellingly titled 101 Objects that Changed America, you can admire Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers, Bell’s telephone, and the titillating  tassels of the Talahassee Tassel Tosser.

(Alright, I made up the last one.)

Unfortunately, no fencer, swordsman, or whatever the appropriate term is that sectarian xiphomachophiliacs apply to their respective niche, made it into the issue. 

Are there artifacts whose provenance can be traced to individual celebrities of bladed combat? Luckily, there are a few things in the Amberger Collection that can make up for that shortcoming… and perhaps, with the help of our readers, we can come up with at least a Dirty Dozen…

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Meet J. Christoph Amberger

pic3This site’s editor, J. Christoph Amberger, was born and raised in West Berlin, Germany. He studied in Berlin, Göttingen, Aberdeen, and Annapolis and holds an M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College Graduate Institute. After Obtaining his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2015 and passing the Maryland bar, he is now an attorney in Baltimore City. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day, Massacred

When I was a young lad in Berlin, we had no such thing. But thanks to the tireless efforts of Nestlé and Fleurop, even my German compatriots are now encouraged to buy candy and flowers, and purchase a sappy, raunchy or—they say—even classy card on Valentine’s Day.

Nothing wrong with that.

So why not throw in a tender yet timeless story about this festive occasion into the FencingClassics mix.

A word of caution: We have no idea where the author got the notion that things can happen that way. He sounds credible.

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Words to live by 2

“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”

—George Washington

“Best Investment?”: New antique sword site

We hope he’s right: “Antique swords are one of the best investments going, as well as one of the most evocative and obsessive hobbies a person will encounter,” says Ed Parker of

That certainly would not only explain but justify the pile of scrap metal in the FencingClassics offices… Continue reading

Sorry for the delay

Due to a problem with my computer, I’ve been unable to upload new stuff to the site. Hope to be back posting on Tuesday.

Should you happen to be in Albuquerque, NM, this weekend, I’ll see you at the JOs.

Poll: What would you like to see more of?

Random Thoughts

*** I think what I like most about the historical postcards and photographs I add to my collection is the thought that after a century or more, the brief captured moment is all that is left of the person depicted. And that at that particular moment, they were fencing. What better way to be remembered… albeit not by name.

Kurze Geschichte des Akademischen Fechtens in Deutschland; Teil 1


Werkzeuge des Teufels

Degen und Fechthandschuh: Werkzeuge des Teufels



Das akademische Fechten in Deutschland entstammt alten europäischen Kampfsporttraditionen, die von Adel und Ritterschaft über Jahrhundert gepflegt wurden…

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