Historical best choices for single-combat weapons?
by /u/teffflon on February 19, 2020 at 12:28 am
Apologies if you get this post all the time. But, I’ve been trying to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of pole-arms and other historic melee weapons beyond sword/dagger. Focusing for simplicity on single, ground combat, even though many weapons were of course meant for fighting involving groups and/or cavalry. Basically I want a rock-paper-scissors chart or clear winner among common weapons, OK? Allowing for complicating factors like armor, range, terrain. I understand pole weapons have several things going against their appreciation today. First, it’s at least controversial whether there is any way to safely train in their effective use, to spar or even reenact. As a pure kibbitzer, I’m not personally invested in this debate and don’t mean to open it, even though safety of course limits what can be known about my question. Second, they seem to lack the romantic appeal of swords. I’ve tried to learn about their historical strengths from Oakeshott’s classic books, only to conclude that he’s too in love with swords to give other arms a fair hearing (he makes nakedly aesthetic judgments, calling the flail “a squalid weapon”). Third, there are a confusing variety of them and no fully-standard terminology. That’s fine. But it seems clear that something like a halberd would be a pretty potent weapon, perhaps even a clear winner against swords in a range of settings? So I wanted to raise the broad question. submitted by /u/teffflon [link] [comments]
Most influential traditional fencing masters?
by /u/Escrime_Autrefois on February 18, 2020 at 10:51 pm
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My students have been making a ton of progress, so I thought I’d show them off a bit here 😁
by /u/xLTxMasterThief on February 18, 2020 at 12:30 pm
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Do bucklers, paired with daggers, work well compared to a buckler and sword? I have my bucklers paired with dagger-swords (sorry for the term, i cant remember the proper terms) that is easy to stow in a medium sized backpack.
by /u/xXDed_SecXx on February 18, 2020 at 12:14 pm
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Statement from Neyman Fencing
by /u/ForTexi on February 18, 2020 at 11:15 am
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Vote for your favorite sword weapon