SmallSword

Small Sword 2

The "bridge" weapon closes the gap between classical and historical, and is a fantastic stand-alone weapon.

Origins: The smallsword is the “little brother” of the rapier as we practice it today though it is, technically a form of rapier. It was formally used as a dueling weapon. It is excellent for bridging the gap from classical to historical fencing because it is closely related to foil. Smallsword does include disarms and some grappling.

The Weapon:  Typically the hilt is a clamshell hilt with a knuckle bow and vestigial quillons, though hilt styles vary. The blade is a triangular or diamond cross section, 30 to 33 inches in length.

The Danger Zone:  Though it has an edge, the smallsword is primarily a point weapon.

The Target Area:  Torso and head (excludes legs), and grappling.

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

"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
Gigante