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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. He is currently pursuing a J.D. at the University of Baltimore School of Law. After clerking for the Law Offices of Thomas M. Donnelly at the World Trade Center in Baltimore for two years, he currently serves as a Rule-26 Student Attorney at the Office of the State’s Attorney for Harford County, Maryland. Continue reading

Weapons: The Subtlety of the Modern Sports Sabers

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

OMG: Be FC’s BFF @ our FB Page

 

It’s your lucky day: FencingClassics warms up its old Facebook Page.

Is it just another thing to “like”?

Or part of our outreach program to the young generation? Continue reading

Hark the Talking Camel: The Six Degrees of Henry Angelo

The Talking Camel is a writers’ site that Secret Archives Press is trying to get off the ground.

Since we’re not exactly fighting ’em off right now, we’ve recycled an elderly article that ran maybe 10 years ago in FQM. Possibly, you still might enjoy it.

Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels. But it’s also  one of the great sources of historical irony. The War of 1812 created one such irony, as far as the canon of classical fencing literature is concerned.

This one is quite complex, as indeed anything should be that manages to connect personages as diverse as a prominent member of the Boston Tea Party, Mad King George, the Hessian mercenaries—and the ubiquitous fencing master dynasty of the Angelos in a game that makes the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon look as one-dimensional as a Partridge Family reunion special…

Wiggle on…

Data Collection: The Origins of Modern Footwork

At what point did fencing turn into an athletic sport? Could it be that the expansion of the fencing strip had anything to do with it?

FencingClassics is issuing a call for historical strip measurements! Continue reading

Over at Fencer’s Magazine: Fencing the Perfect Game

How often has this happened to you? Winning a tournament without allowing a single touch to be scored against you. Fencing the Perfect Game!

Caleb True recounts the one tournament where  everything went right for him. Read it right here…

Tactics: Stretching the Tactical Wheel

vizzini princess bride sicilian when death is on the line“Never go up against a Sicilian when death is on the line!”

The tactical options available to a fencer at the outset of the bout by far surpass those the criminal mastermind Vizzini has to consider in his Battle of Wits. Luckily, we have veteran fencer Joe Hoffman on our side to break the cycle by Stretching the Tactical Wheel… Continue reading

The Cutting Room Floor: Early Movies of European Cut Fencing

Over at Deutsche Hiebfechtkunst, we’re compiling a repository of cinematic evidence regarding the various methods of European Cut Fencing. Check it out—and point out more to us!

Click right here!

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?)

We’re reluctantly happy to comply, starting with the shorter ones… Continue reading

It’s official: FencingClassics painting has been positively identified!

FencingClassics members were among the first to see this up-to-now unknown early work of German Romantic genre painter Carl Wilhelm Hübner surface from oblivion. Now it’s official: It’s indeed a Hübner. And a great re-discovery!.

by J. Christoph Amberger

Baltimore, MD— An unknown painting from the formative period of the German Romantic painter Carl Wilhelm Hübner was recently discovered in the art collection of a private fencing history archive in Baltimore, Maryland.

The oil painting measures 46.5 cm by 60.5 cm and depicts a pair of fencers in the costumes of the early 19th century.

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