Tag Archives: sabre

Weighty Matters: Italian Saber vs. Broadsword in late Victorian Britain

Despite all efforts to force the history of 19th-century saber fencing into a corset of linear descendancy, it would appear that historical reality is an uncooperative witness.

Like in the controversy if the Italian duelling saber or the good old broadsword were the prime manifestations of fencing’s practicability. Let’s weigh some historians’ views…

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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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Lance practice; Austro-Hungary, c. 1905

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Cavalry sword; France, 1908

This French postcard (postmarked in 1908) clearly demonstrates the drawback of large-movement cuts! Continue reading

Military saber practice; Belgium, c. 1906

 

Cavalry Saber Practice of Belgian Lancers

Cavalry Saber Practice of Belgian Lancers

When Italian-style sports sabers had replaced cavalry sabers even in the Belgian cavalry…

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Saber, foil and lance; France, c. 1912

Military fencing school with the tools of the trade

Military fencing school with the tools of the trade

French Military Fencing Academy at Épinal...

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Saber fencers; Italy, 1897

Student and teacher

Student and teacher

“To my dear Uncle and Auntie…”

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