Dussack

Origins: The dussack was popular in Central Europe, particularly Germany, in the 16th century. It is likely a descendent of the Lange Messer (Long Knife) and was used as a training tool for short, single-edged weapons. It is featured in the works of Joachim Meyer, who asserts that it was the second most used weapon in Germany, the first being the Longsword. No leather or wood dussacks are known to have survived, but their existence is documented in training manuals and woodcuts.

The Weapon: Historically, dussacks could be made out of metal, wood, or hard leather between 25 and 38 inches long. Today, both wood and leather are used, but our club exclusively uses the leather dussacks. These weapons are slightly curved with a cut out used as a handle.

The Danger Zone: While the dussack is primarily a cutting weapon, the point is also used for thrusting.

The Target Area: The dussack target area at SIF is the entire upper body, excluding the back of the head and neck for safety.

Prerequisite:  Currently at SIF, students can learn dussack through private lessons, study groups, and workshops once they have completed one of the beginning and intermediate classes and joined the club.

"Furthermore, please note that every motion of the sword is a guard to the knowledgeable fencer, and all guards are useful to the experienced man; conversely, no motion is a guard to the ignorant, and no guard is effective for someone who does not know how to use it."
Nicoletto Giganti
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