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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.