Vote for your favorite sword weapon


  • Can you kick in a fight?
    by /u/Jusm3nam3Al1 on July 9, 2020 at 11:03 am

    In an actual duel where rules are no need to be followed, is it fine to kick your opponent when in the bind or to use it defensively? submitted by /u/Jusm3nam3Al1 [link] [comments]

  • Domingo Luis Godinho: Side-Sword-ey Rapier or Rapier-ey Side-Sword?
    by /u/Lil-Tercio on July 9, 2020 at 4:47 am

    The other day I was looking through Wiktenauer for rapier and side-sword masters. One of the things that I noticed was that the fencing master Domingo Luis Godinho was listed under the “side-sword” category, not the rapier catagory. For some context, Godinho was a Portuguese fencing master who wrote a book in 1599 titled “El Arte de Esgrima”. The book covers the use of “sword alone”, “sword and shield” (rodela/rotela), “Sword and Buckler”, “Two Swords” (he was watching anime before it even existed), “Sword and Dagger”, “the Two-handed Sword” (montante), and “sword and cloak”. What should be noted about Godinho is that given the similarity of his work to older Iberian authors and his use of the terms “nails-up” and “nails-down” it has been determined that he is fighting in what would later be described by later Spanish authors as “esgrima commún” or “esgrima volgar”. With that out of the way, I’m here to ask y’all if you think that description is accurate. Jerónimo de Caranza, the person attributed with inventing Spain’s La Verdadera Destreza, and Camillo Agrippa, one of the earlier rapier Italian rapier masters, are attributed as being rapier masters despite publishing their books in 1569 and 1553 respectively. Additionally, swords back then were not grouped into categories that we use today. For instance, what Meyer refers to as a rapier we would call a side-sword today. However, wee do know that swords were generally getting longer and thinner with more complex hilts over the course of the early modern period. It is from this that we determine what we, in the modern day, are going to call these swords. Caranza and Agrippa are both listed as rapier masters but Godinho is not despite actually writing at a much later date. What makes finding this answer more difficult (for me at least) is that Godinho does not actually refer to what kind of sword he is using. He just calls his sword a sword. He also provides little description of his weapon other than his constant reference to the use of quillons. By all means, it is possible that Godinho uses an arming sword, but this is highly unlikely as other Iberian masters who came before him describe using swords that are more akin to side-swords or rapiers (also Wikipedia says that Iberians started using side-swords at exactly the year 1500 so you know it is definitely true /s). What do you guys think? If we use the general knowledge that swords were becoming longer and thinner with more and more complex hilts over time we could assume that Godinho is using a rapier as he is writing after other rapier masters (unless he had a policy where he only used older swords?). The nearest rapier master chronologically, I believe, is Giganti, who wrote in 1607. Could sword making techniques really have advanced that far in a mere eight years? I tried consulting YouTube (always the most trustworthy of sources /s) but I found people using rapiers or side-swords to practice Godinho. I personally have used stuff I learned from Godinho in rapier sparring (even at a tournament I went to) and the principles held up. What do you guys think? ​ TL;DR Do y’all think Godinho is using a rapier or a side-sword given when and where he was writing his book? submitted by /u/Lil-Tercio [link] [comments]

  • Studies on injury in HEMA
    by /u/Svinfylking_ on July 9, 2020 at 1:06 am

    Are there any studies on how bad injuries are and if anyone has died doing HEMA? I don’t think anyone has died and the injuries are usually minor, but I need to make a point. So are there any scientific studies? Google can’t tell me anything. submitted by /u/Svinfylking_ [link] [comments]

  • Question about bucklers
    on July 8, 2020 at 11:18 pm

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  • Longsword Manuals in Modern English
    by /u/screenaholic on July 8, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    I’ve tried a few times in the past to start self-teaching longsword (attending classes isn’t an option for me,) but always have a lot of trouble deciphering the old dialects of direct translations. I was hoping someone could reccomend a book of longsword interpreted into modern, easy to understand Engliah, preferably with good diagrams and other visuals. I do have a training partner, so I won’t be entirely alone. I was thinking of studying Liechtenauer, since it appears to be the most popular, but could easily be persuaded to another school if there’s a better option. submitted by /u/screenaholic [link] [comments]

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