Cold Steel

Cold Steel : The Art of Fencing with the Sabre

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A pioneer of modern fencing, Alfred Hutton was the first president of the Amateur Fencing Association and a father of modern research into the Western combat arts. In addition to his lectures about ancient weapons and his demonstrations of their use, Hutton created this 1889 classic, a continuing source of instruction and enlightenment to modern readers.
The techniques associated with the sabre differ markedly from those of the epee and the rapier. This study offers both technical and historical views of the art of the sabre. It begins with a look at the weapon's construction and its grip, followed by explanations of a variety of different strokes and parries as well as methods of combining attack and defense. Additional topics include approaches suitable for left-handed fencers, ceremonial aspects of the art, and contrasts between the sabre, the bayonet, and the French sword. Descriptions of associated weapons cover the great stick and the constable's truncheon, and the book concludes with considerations of the short sword-bayonet, or dagger. Fifty-five illustrations demonstrate how to hold the sabre, how to parry and guard, seizure, and numerous other aspects of the art of fencing with a sabre.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 136 x 212 x 12mm | 222.26g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0486449319
  • 9780486449319
  • 163,558

Table of contents

The Sabre
  Introduction
  The Parts of the Sabre
  How to Hold the Sabre
  Guard
  The Guards
  The Moulinet
  The Cuts
  The Point
  The Pummel
  The "Parade," or Parry
  The Return, or "Riposte"
  Simple Attacks and Parries, with one Riposte
  Distance
  To Advance
  To Gain Ground on the Lunge
  To Retire
  The Traverse
  The Pass
  Commanding
  Timing
  Slipping
  Counter-time
  Disengaging
  Beating
  Redoubling
  The Stop-thrust
  The Under Stop-thrust
  Feints
  Lesson for Receipt of a Feint
  Double Feints
  Lesson for Returns preceded by Feints
  The Sword Arm
  Combinations of Ripostes
  Left-handed Swordsmen
  Left-handed Swordsmen, Lessons for
  Left-handed Swordsmen, Feints for
  Left-handed Swordsmen, Returns for
  Combinations of Ripostes for Left Hand against Right
  The Salute
  The Assault
  To Acknowledge a Hit
  Equipment
The Game of the Sword
  The Guard
  The Attack
  The Parries
Sabre Against Bayonet
The Sabre Opposed to the French Sword
The Great Stick
  Guard (Quarte)
  False-guard (Tierce)
  The Moulinets
  The Cuts
  The Parries
  Lessons with one Riposte
  Combinations
The Constable's Truncheon
The Short Sword-Beyonet, or Dagger
  Lessons
  Throwing the Dagger
  The Seizure in Dagger Play
Rules
  Judges
Appendix
  The Blindfold Lessons on Defence with Foil or Sword
Index
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