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

"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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