Sabre

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The classical "edge and point" sword, which favors the bold and adds a new element, the cut, to classical fencing.

Origins:  Originating in the military, sabre adds the cut to classical fencing. We use Radaelli and Pecoraro guard types with slightly curved blades, designed after late 19th century Italian models. Classical sabre differs from the larger, curved military sabres.

The Weapon:  Radaelli or Pecoraro guard, 35 inch flat blade, about 1/4 inch thick at the tip.

The Danger Zone: As an edge and point weapon, hits may be delivered with either a cut or a thrust. Cuts must hit with the leading 1/3 of the blade and, preferably, a good draw.

The Target Area:  The torso above the hip bone, arms, and head. Excludes the legs.

Right of Way Rule:  Yes


"If a rough, strong man with no imaginable notion of how to conduct himself in attack were to arrive and fight with a sword and dagger against someone weaker but experienced in fencing, you would see who would be left dead in the field."
Francesco Ferdinando Alfieri
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