Now that I see it, it makes a lot of sense. It prevents the blade from twisting on you..as the handles on these type of swords tend on the skinny side.
Bugger, I knew this would happen; I forgot one. Lets rewind back to the later half of the 18th Century and look at the third of my smallswords. Over the century the trend was to smaller hilts and, most tellingly, the "finger rings". Interestingly these weren't intended for you to hook your finger through and hadn't been used that way since the days of the rapier. Shown below is the grip taught by every single smallsword fencing master, no matter the actual size of the rings. The hilt is made of gilt covered brass.Different countries had broadly identifiable trends and schools of thought about fencing. So the Germans, Italians and French etc all had recognisable terminology and methods of fencing. The French school of thought in the second half of the C18th was for shorter and faster blades. Again we have some very nice chisel work on this triangular section blade. (Image removed from quote.)(Image removed from quote.)(Image removed from quote.)(Image removed from quote.)
Interesting the pommel positioning in the wrist. Is it intended? To provide more stability to the blade? I only thought of it as a counter-weight, to position the balance point of the sword.
I will also add this is only one grip, there are quite a few others. This one is the position of sixte.
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[...]Second to the sabre-briquet in terms of popularity has to be the "gladius" hilt (as it's known to collectors and museums) though it truth it's something more akin to the Greek xiphos to my eye.[...]
Thats a lovely one. Its interesting to think men carried swords and how gruesome fights could be with them. I was reading recently about how in Western marriage tradition the bride stands on the left of her groom. Guess he wanted access to his side arm should be need it. Not sure how true this is but it seems to be a prevalent belief.
No, he just wanted her close to his heart!
I get a little excited whenever I see that little green tag next to this forum because off this thread.
Could you please continue with your more contemporary pieces Gareth.
The heart is in the middle, you know...
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