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.

"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
Gigante