This is going to be exciting. I think I read somewhere that George Washington was partial to such a blade during his time of service.
That is a beautiful piece.
super happy you made this thread. I don't know anything about swords so this will be educational and awesome eye candy. That last one you posted is a beauty. The work that went into it, wonder what it cost when purchased by the original owner?
Another nice piece Gareth. I hope you don't mind if I post an older thread showing some of what I have currently.https://forum.multitool.org/index.php/topic,49852.0.htmlKeep em coming.
Very cool thread and pics, mate. I like the last one the best. Never heard of these cuttoes and I like the shape of it quite a bit, reminds me of the Messer. Very minimal guard though, is there a reason for it?
This one remimded me of a Shashka (russian sabre). Do you have any kind of experience, yelding or using those swords?I think some folks here in MTo are into historical fencing.Here, this might inspire you:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjjrogTsMxE
Never studied any Russian systems but I did spend a good few years studying and teaching various other European sword systems. Mostly 19th century British sabre and 16-17th century Italian rapier and a few other things along the way .
Today we are going to have a look at this infantry sabre. As mentioned above, civilians (in Western Europe) tended to either carry smallswords or light cuttoes/hangers and full on sabres were normally the preserve of the military. Even in this context though there is a distinction between the cavalry sabre and the infantry sabre. With cavalry swords tending towards the heavier and longer, infantry lighter and shorter and a grey area somewhere in the middle. So this particular sabre is definitely of a infantry proportion and is much lighter than it might at first appear at just 1 lb 8oz or 680g and with a blade length is 30" or 765mm. It's of a style that just pre-dates the more regulated sabre of 1803 so most likely dates from the 1790s. In general curved sabres were the normal choice for the officers of the "flank" companies; the Light and the Grenadier. The straight sword was intended for the "line" companies. What no photograph of mine can convey is just what a joy this sabre is to pick up and swing. The weight and balance is perfect. Nimble but strikes with authority. If I ever ended up in some weird Highlander-esque duel for my life this really would be the blade I'd pick. (Image removed from quote.)(Image removed from quote.)
Some time ago, I looked for a place to learn/practice historical fencing. Found one, but they couldn't tell me how the classes worked, who would be teaching, what variants were available, would I need to buy any (and what) equipment/weapons... I just didn't like how disorganized it seemed, so I never tried it.
I really like this one , very cool
Yeah, this and the messer are from the same lineage. The residual guard is part of why some see it as a poor choice for fighting and, while I utterly take the point, guards are somewhat secondary to good technique in parrying with the blade. The viewpoint gets skewed when modern martial artist fence over and over and get struck in the hand, so they understandably think less of a sword with poor hand protection. However a genuine life and death struggle is either going to be very short and bloody or very nervous and protracted.