Category: swordsmanship

British Handkerchief Cutter, 19th Century 19th…

British Handkerchief Cutter, 19th Century
19th century Wilkinson Handkerchief cutter sword with shagreen grip and an un-associated scabbard, 100 cm in length.
Used in The Great Handkerchief Wars. Also used for sword feats to demonstrate cutting skill and blade sharpness. Sword feats were often incorporated into a larger “Assault of Arms” which would also feature fencing with various swords, singlesticks, and bayonets.

British Military Swordsmanship on Foot, 1796-1…

British Military Swordsmanship on Foot, 1796-1821

Check out this incredible image by Nick Thomas of the Academy of Historical Fencing!

Nick says of the image;

“I’d like to see these weapons seen more as the family they are, and so here is a composite image created entirely from contemporary artwork of the period.”

victoriansword: A theory about the swords sho…

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A theory about the swords shown in the Angelo lessons poster, and Roworth manual. Check out this sword that was sold last year, attributed to the London and Westminster volunteers (who Roworth and Angelo are most certainly linked)

Notice that both the Angelo poster and first edition Roworth show what looks like a fairly short, straight, simple stirrup hilted sword, and also that on the Angelo lessons poster most of the troops are carrying carbines. Now go back to the sword I linked to. 30.5" blade, straight and stirrup hilted sword bayonet to be used with a carbine, and attributed to the same Volunteer unit.

Clearly the system is intended for all swords when on foot, but is this the sword (sword bayonet) that is being displayed? Lastly, if it is, are they referring to it as a broadsword? Which would be logical.

–Nick Thomas, Academy of Historical Fencing

victoriansword: Italian fencing sabres, gaunt…

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Italian fencing sabres, gauntlets, and masks, circa 1900.

victoriansword: Wall Hanging Practice Fencing…

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Wall Hanging Practice Fencing Opponent, Late 19th or Early 20th Century

In the form of a hinged epee and studded padded leather target, 30 cm wide x 84 cm high.

victoriansword: From Instructions for the E…

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From Instructions for the Exercise of Small Arms, Field Pieces, etc., for the Use of Her Majesty’s Ships, 1859.

Foil vs Other Swords in a Sword Fight?

Foil vs Other Swords in a Sword Fight?

Baskethilt Broadsword Guard Design & Use…

Baskethilt Broadsword Guard Design & Use – With Jay Maas

Sword (Spadroon) Vs Gun

Sword (Spadroon) Vs Gun

Can a spadroon, or other kind of sword, take on a gun-armed opponent?

Cutting Mutton

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Cutting Mutton