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.
The fold flat guard also give another very interesting thought. On this particular sword it's clearly set up to sit flat against the right hip, indicating it was for a left handed gentleman. The replacement leather grip (in lieu of the missing silver wire) of would seem to back this up. Now there are definitely some other military sword that were specifically made for the left handed, but they are incredibly unusual.
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Maybe it was for the even rarer dual-wielding ... which I, until recently thought is bonkers... but apparently it existed.The example below is dated 1579, and if you look carefully you can see that the swords can be linked together at the handle.
That is a gorgeous one... definitively my favorite so far.
Yeah, in HEMA the hands are popular targets if you want to play it safe (e.g. if you nee only one more point for the victory). I would assume that a lot of things we learn from HEMA translates to dueling. But battlefields are a completely different beast.
Yeah, I can't see anyone choosing to duel with this but as a self defense weapon it makes sense to me. If we stop thinking about it as a little sword and look at it as a smurfing huge knife then I think you suddenly feel better armed.
I'm pretty illiterate when it comes to anything newer than the medieval time. Was this a primary battlefield weapon for an officer? I would presume they also carried pistols.
They were popular side arms for Army and Navy officers, but not primary weapons per se. Arguable an officers primary weapon was the troops he commanded, but even of we ignore that then he likely had other things to use. As you say a pistol wouldn't be unusual but also, in the British army in the 1770s, an officer should be carrying a Spontoon. https://collections.royalarmouries.org/battle-of-waterloo/arms-and-armour/type/rac-narrative-591.html My understanding is though that the spontoon wasn't well liked by all and, depending on the Colonel in charge, not always used. All that said these were also the primary choice in the civilian world where travelling between cities etc. So when things were a possibly a little rougher than the Edinburgh New Town then the cuttoe was often preferred to the smallsword.
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That kind of reminds me of this video about the French 1850's Arcelin Mousqueton with the biggest bayonet ever.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuXFSmhS_1croll to 7:45 if all you are interested in is the bayonet.
That makes sense. I tried putting a finger in my Cold Steel version and found it quite limiting and uncomfortable. I had always assumed you placed a finger (or 2) in there. Thanks for clearing that bit up for me.
No worries. If you were holding a rapier you'd hook your index finger through the ring and it would give a nicely balanced grip for a longer, heavier blade for both cut and thrust play. However for a light blade and point play the pinch grip gives much finer control.
Bugger, I knew this would happen; I forgot one.
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