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.


"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
Alfieri