Category: foil

Foil vs Other Swords in a Sword Fight?

Foil vs Other Swords in a Sword Fight?

How to use circular parries with heavier swo…

How to use circular parries with heavier swords (or Foil Fencing technique used with Military Sabre)

The remarkable Captain Flora Sandes – the on…

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The remarkable Captain Flora Sandes – the only British woman to serve as a front-line soldier in WW1

whats the difference between a smallsword and …

whats the difference between a smallsword and a rapier?

They’re quite similar! But the key differences are:

•smallswords are smaller (who would have guessed)

•smallswords came after the larger, heavier rapier, and served as a court sword (ceremonial) and as a military officers sword for quite some time.

•smallswords were easy to use because at the time, many schools taught the basics of fencing, so even greenhorn soldiers could use the lightweight, small, rigid thrusting sword effectively. It’s small size and light weight made it much easier to handle than the heavy hilted rapier.

•The rapier was designed as a dueling weapon, while the smallswords purpose was that as a backup weapon, like the landsknecht “kaltzbalger”, or the samurai “tanto”, the smallsword was often a rifleman or cannoneers last line of defense.

•Short, lightweight, and rigid, the smallsword was sort of a blend of a rapier and a thrusting dagger like a misericorde or rondel.

I hope this helped clear things up! Let us know if you have more questions or want more details!

-Mod Close-Helm

Smallswords, foils, and practice smallswords…

Smallswords, foils, and practice smallswords.

A look at the weights, lengths and balances of original smallswords, foils, and modern training smallswords. This follows on from Matt’s (Scholagladiatoria) video on the same subject, and discussion currently going on in HEMA groups.

Fencing Foils Compared to Smallswords & …

Fencing Foils Compared to Smallswords & Épée

1927 & 1934 Aldo Nadi’s Sword & Dagger Fencing…

1927 & 1934 Aldo Nadi’s Sword & Dagger Fencing System-Paris-France

Film Issue Dates: 07-10-1927 & 25-04-1934
Locations: Outside (1927) School ground France. Inside (1934) Salle Lacaze- Paris -France.
Description: This film is a combination of footage from 1927 and 1934 showing world champion swordsman Aldo Nadi’s sword and dagger fencing system. It includes some slow-motion takes.

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Inside the Time Capsule Fencing Club of Paris

Inside the Time Capsule Fencing Club of Paris

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