Category: smallsword


For your 18th Century to early 19th Century adventures.

Maestro Ramon Martinez answers questions about Fencing and Fencing History

In this 35 minute interview, Maestro Ramon Martinez sat down to answer questions about fencing and fencing history, which had recently been posed by Facebook members from all over the world. This discussion covers a wide range of topics, including: proper training, the use of the foil and the 18th century small-sword, the Spanish School of Fencing (La Verdadera Destreza), the survival of the rapier during the 18th and 19th centuries, fencing treatises, antiques & museum pieces, the development of protective gear and training equipment, East versus West, historical and classical fencing, and much more. The selected questions were: 

1. 3:18 “What is left out from the texts to make a complete fencer?” 

2. 5:48 “How can one be the most effective and helpful training partner?” 

3. 7:44 “What is the difference between a real smallsword (which has edges) and a foil, and how can it be addressed?” 

4. 15:42 “I always wonder about the history of the training equipment used and what timeframe it developed over. When did fencing masks come in? What were practice swords like?” 

5. 15:55 “I’d like to know about what sort of protective gear was used for training back in the 1700s and 1800s.” 

6. 19:08 “What are the “rapiers” for cut and thrust in the 19th Century (for example mentioned in Monstery’s assaults)? Were they just straight swords like spadroons or light renaissance weapons? Are there any original training or assault weapons known these days?” 

7. 21:55 “Why was Spanish Destreza abandoned when fencing (based on French and Italian styles) developed? Why did Spanish Destreza as a style disappear?” 

8. 24:16 “Did a duel ever happen in which one adversary used a katana and the other a sabre? Or mixing different styles?” 

9. 25:48 “Regarding ‘Vulgar’ fencing, or fencing among peasants and commoners from the early modern period up. Are there are any surviving records or evidence?” 

10. 27:25 “In a world where violent acts with swords are virtually non existent, where duels are forbidden, and everyone fences with padding and blunts, how do you determine growth and progress in the art and science? How do you learn defense, when there is nothing to defend against?” 

11. 30:59 “What is the future of historical/classical fencing? To where are its current practice and attitudes headed?” 

(Interviewer: Ben Miller) 

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For the article “A Short History of the Italian Foil” referenced at 17:25 in, please visit:…

Sebastian of ipostswords shares his favorite swords from his collection.

Number 5 is a French Model 1882 Infantry Officers sword, in presentation grade, dated to precisely 17th July, 1896. It has an etched blade and an engraved guard made of “German Silver”. 

Number 4 is a Zeybek Efe’s Yataghan, a short infantry sword for the Chief of an Ottoman Turkish Militia. It has a Turkish Ribbon Twist blade, inscribed with the Names of the Seven Sleepers. 

Number 3 is a Turkish Pala, a type of infantry kilij. Mine has a Turkish Twist blade, featuring an elaborate multi-bar pattern. 

Number 2 is a rare and unusual European Colichemarde smallsword, which is extremely broad in the blade, and features the rare combination of a triangular blade profile, and sharp edges. 

Number 1 is my Persian Shamshir, signed Assad Allah, and made of Kara Khorasan Pulad, or crucible steel from Khorasan. It dates to the early 17th century.

British Diplomatic Sword, Early 20th Century

Edwardian diplomats sword with 79.5 cm long double edged blade by Hoar & Co., gilt brass beaded shell guard, brass grip, and a brass and leather scabbard.

Sword and Uniform of 

Francis Pym, High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, 1903

Uniform, sword and related items for Francis Pym (1849-1927) High Sheriff of Bedfordshire 1903, contained within a named tin case, the uniform by Henry Poole and accompanied by ‘Henry Poole The Founders of Saville Row’ by Stephen Howarth as well as a copy of ‘Sentimental Journey’ by Francis Pym detailing the history of the Pym family and original owner of this uniform.

British Naval Officer’s Dress Sword, c.1800

Naval officer’s dress sword c.1812-1825, hollow ground triangular section blade 29” etched with small trophies and a standing figure with feather head dress and retaining some original blued and gilt decoration, gilt brass stirrup hilt chiselled with foliage, crowned fouled anchors in relief, pommel chiselled as a lion couchant, gripstrap engraved with laurel and serpent, wire bound chequered ivory grip, in its scabbard with gilt brass mounts, locket signed Dudley, Grand Parade, Portsmo[uth] and engraved with a sea horse.

Dudley was active at the address at Grand Parade from 1790-1805.

British Court Sword, c.WWI

The blade is etched with the cypher of George V.


For your 18th Century to early 19th Century adventures.


A Diplomatic Service Court Sword blade Buckmaster, 3 New Burlington Street, London, etched on each side with foliage and crowned VR cypher, regulation gilt ‘French’ hilt embossed with foliage, plumed helmet pommel, wire bound grip, in its leather scabbard with engraved gilt mounts, the locket with frog stud.(The scabbard with tape repair) 


British Diplomatic Uniform and Sword