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Silence of the Sticks: Why wooden weapons fell out of favor in 19th-century Germany

stick fightingThe Irish beat each other with shilelaghs, the English drew blood with singlesticks and quarterstaves, the French wielded canne and baton. The Portuguese still play at jogo de pao and the Italians had the bastone. The Germans, however, showed no interest in wooden weapons, at least after the Fechtschul traditions of dussack and assorted staff weapons (most of which with a blade of one kind or another) had disappeared. How come? Continue reading

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The French Connection: Christmann’s Practical Self-Defence

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

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!

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Military Cut Fencing; Germany, 1925

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Mensursäbel; Germany; c. 1900

 

The Elvis Presley of dueling weapons

The Elvis Presley of dueling weapons

Who wouldn’t want to show up for a saber Mensur wielding a black-velvet weapon…

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Bell-guard Schläger; Germany, c. 1870

Less than the bare minimum of protective gear

Less than the bare minimum of protective gear

The eyes follow you wherever you go…

 

 

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Basket-hilt Saber Fencing; Germany, c. 1910

Group therapy

Group therapy

These fencers are mugging for the camera after an hour on the Paukboden…

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Cut-and-thrust Fencing; Germany, 1713

Cut and Parry

Cut and Parry

Schmidt’s fencers preferred cut-and-thrust swords…

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Die Entwicklungsphasen des studentischen Schlägerfechtens

Ein paar kurze Notizen zur Orientierung…

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Fencing helmet; Germany, c. 1820

Paukhelm, first half of the 19th century

Paukhelm, first half of the 19th century

Fencing helmet (Paukhelm) used in German cut fencing…

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