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

"It is necessary, if you wish to be accomplished in the practice of arms, not only to know how to attack well with the point, perform a good feint, or pass well with both your left and right foot.  You must also understand the counters to these techniques, that is how to defend against them with grace."
Nicoletto Giganti
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