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Monsieur L’Abbat on Blade Cant and Bend

Not so easily found, this digitized plate from L’Abbat (Labat) is signficantly more detailed than the plates in the digitized treatise circulating the web. Note the defender’s bent blade tip. Monsieur Labat (the translator, Andrew Mahon, misspelled Labat’s name as … Continue reading

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Diderot: Modern Arms & Blades, 1765

From the Encyclopédie of Diderot & d’Alembert, 1765.

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Monsieur L’Abbat on Sword Length

If you are considering acquiring a smallsword, then the choice of blade and the overall weapon length merit careful consideration. Smallsword enthusiasts typically use practice épée blades, though they differ significantly from historic examples. Modern épée blades most often used … Continue reading

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Fort Ticonderoga Smallsword

Given the rather esoteric nature of classical fencing, it is not very common to find a close examination of a weapon from another age. However, historic Fort Ticonderoga has provided a detailed look at the craftsmanship and components of an … Continue reading

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French Authors’ Use of the False Attacks and Feints

I.  Introduction Recently, I’ve been trying to drill down on the French authors’ conceptual and mechanical distinctions between fausse attaques—i.e., false attacks—and feints.  Although ostensibly different, it appeared to me that the boundaries between false attacks and feints could easily … Continue reading

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