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


"Although some of these actions may seem difficult to perform, none the less you should take care to practice them well, as all aid a man who heeds the points, lines, times, and measure that ultimately govern this activity."
Camillo Agrippa
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