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Italian foils search

Finding Italian foils

Hello, I’m trying to find Italian foils and epees. By that I mean foils with an Italian grip. Apart from the fencing post, Negrini and eBay, does anyone know where I can find them?

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2024/05/18
16:21 UTC

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Review of the Superior Fencing Master GLoves

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2024/05/18
13:25 UTC

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Kvetun Lichtenauer vs Sigi Concept

I'm just getting into longsword and looking if anyone has experience with either of these feders. Both seem similar in characteristics. I own a kvetun easton sabre and love it, so I have confidence in kvetun as a company, but also have heard wonderful things coming from sigi. Price really isn't a concern. Any recommendations?

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2024/05/17
21:50 UTC

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Blue improved! Any other tips for our sparring?

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2024/05/17
21:21 UTC

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Effecting Change Onto Your Opponent

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2024/05/17
17:44 UTC

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Smallsword blade in Europe

Hi, I recently started to read some sources about smallsword and I bought a smallsword guard to do some practice. I mounted an epee blade at the moment but I'd like to use a more historical blade. I gave a look to the more famous sword producer in Europe, but I didn't find an historical smallsword blade. To buy from USA or Russia is too much expensive (taxes and shipping). Someone knows about an European blacksmith who produce smallsword blades? Thank you!

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2024/05/17
06:58 UTC

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Fokos/Ciupaga boffer

I'm considering making a fokos boffer after watching some interesting videos about the ways it can be used. I'm thinking of using pvc pipe with a small T Junction on top to give the axe head some rigidity for hooking and pulling. Every surface will have either yoga matt or pool noodle on it with open cell foam on striking surfaces. Will then wrap everything up in duct tape. Ive never made a boffer before so any advice or criticism of the plan is welcome. Cheers.

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2024/05/17
01:26 UTC

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Should I get a wooden sword or padded sword for training?

The ones I've been trying to decide between are the same length and same price so I'm having trouble deciding. Does it make much of a difference when I'm training alone? Also, will I need protective gear to practice alone of only if I'm sparring with someone else?

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2024/05/16
18:42 UTC

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How much will my parallel martial arts training assist me in self learning HEMA?

Hello all! I've been interested in HEMA for a long time but due to no HEMA clubs in my area I never gave a serious attempt to learn it. I know many people have also attempted to self learn it but for some reason I never felt the motivation to take this path. I knew that without an actual guidance from an instructor, I'll probably learn for 2 weeks then give up.

Since the last 2 months I joined a Kyokushin Karate dojo and have learned some basic stuff about combat in general. Things like distance management, body mechanics when kicking, punching etc, proper weight distribution in stances/forms etc. This has also regained my interested in HEMA.

Even though Karate is (mostly) unarmed combat, will it be possible to use the learnings in HEMA? After all things like stance, footwork, distance management will probably not change drastically from sword to hand to hand combat? I mean this is the closest I can get to the 'HEMA' experience.

All in all my goal with HEMA is of course not to be a pro swordsmen. I just want to the get hang of using swords and not swinging them around like a doofus lol.

Also if it is indeed a good idea, would love some tips on a training routine. For example if you're also a self learner, how many days a week do you practice HEMA and for how long? I am a bit bad at creating training routines on my own.

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2024/05/16
15:02 UTC

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Tabards? HEMA? Fashion?

So i have seen some people fighting with multitudes of mask designs, weapons, and accessories. I’ve even seen images of people in kilts, but how would a tabard/surcoat do in HEMA fencing? Would it be a disadvantage?

27 Comments
2024/05/16
13:49 UTC

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Spes locust sizing question

I messaged histfenc and they said I was between a M and L.

I just need some first hand accounts of how these fit. I generally wear size 32 pants. I know these cannot be tight as I need to be able to move.

For context I tried a pair of L light plus and they were comically huge!

Should I just go for custom sizing?

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2024/05/16
12:57 UTC

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Has Anybody Tried Outcast Arms Fedoruk 3-Ring Rapier?

Hey y'all. I've been shopping around for a swept hilt rapier ever since my economy Darkwood blade bent into an "S" patter in such a way it will never not be crooked. I practice Fabris so I've been especially keen on a swept hilt. Has anybody tried Outcast Arm's Fedoruk 3-Ring? Based on nothing but looks, it seems pretty good especially for the price especially the fancy copper grip wrap.

I'm especially interested in its balance. It seems pretty on par weight-wise with other swept hilts I've found online, but I'm curious if the grip is too long to fit snug with a single finger round the ricasso.

3 Comments
2024/05/16
11:44 UTC

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Will I need heavy duty gloves for solo practice?

Been thinking about getting into this hobby but don't have anyone else to spar with so I'd be on my own. Do I need to get heavy protective gloves or do I just need something that can keep me from getting splinters from handling a wooden sword? I should specify I'm gonna try starting with a longsword. Lemme know if that's a mistake

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2024/05/16
02:26 UTC

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How should you useca buckler with a rapier?

I have experience in sidesword and buckler and a bit in arming sword and buckler. Last time in sparring I tried to pair it with a sidesword and it was pretty fun. Does anyone have some tips on how to use buckler with a rapier?

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2024/05/15
16:39 UTC

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Accidental strikes in Hema

I don’t know about the “scoring” system in Hema competitons, but is it possible to score a point by accident, or without the intention. For example you attempt to strike someone on the head but they block poorly and you strike them on the hands, meaning that you did hit them, but not in the place you intended. If this is so, how common is it?

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2024/05/15
16:31 UTC

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What are some contemporary European accounts of Asian martial arts in the 19th century and previously?

Europeans certainly had a lot of run-ins with Asian countries especially during the colonization of India, etc. The British for instance fought a land war with Indian forces, and there must have been some cases of hand-to-hand combat, perhaps with swords.

So this begs the question how were Eastern martial arts seen in the eyes of the Europeans of the time?

16 Comments
2024/05/15
07:46 UTC

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Would a Sigi Concept handle be long enough for Medium HF Black Knight gloves?

Hello! I've been looking to obtain some of my first personal HEMA gear and I've been attracted to the Sigi feders and HF Black Knight gloves, the gloves particularly as I've had hand problems before and prioritize their safety first. I'm on the shorter side so have been looking at shorter feders, but have been worried about the bulk of the gauntlets on the shorter feder handle.

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2024/05/15
03:24 UTC

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Wrapping a go-now padded longsword in duct tape?

I have two of those go-now foam boffers and the fabric covering on the tips has gotten a bit chewed up, I’m guessing from hitting pavement, I’ve been teaching longsword to two of my buddies out in an empty parking lot (we aren’t hitting anything besides each other with em, I’m just assuming the damage is from missing an attack aimed at the legs or somethin)

I’m worried about em taking more serious damage and had the thought to wrap them in duct tape, but I’m unsure whether that’ll make them more dangerous and/or less useful for sparring. Has anyone else had similar experiences or ideas on a way to make em more durable without any big downsides?

4 Comments
2024/05/14
21:41 UTC

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Looking to drop into a Portland/Vancouver club for a month while I’m in town!

Hey gang! I’m going to be spending a month in the Portland/Vancouver WA area over the summer. I’d love to drop in and train in some sidesword.

One of the tricks is that I won’t have any equipment as this is a temporary assignment, but I’d love to get my fencing on!

I’ve trained in Olympic foil fencing and Meyer’s longsword. Are there any good clubs in the area that I could drop in for some sidesword training/drilling that would have equipment I can borrow/rent for the time I’m there?

I appreciate your time and look forward to spending time in the area!

10 Comments
2024/05/14
20:00 UTC

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Sigi King vs Malleus Martialis Todesca?

Looking to see if anyone has handled both of these and has a preference or thoughts. Thank you in advance!

13 Comments
2024/05/14
19:38 UTC

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Comparing the ubiquity of swords in pre-modern Europe and Asia?

Bear with me if this question sounds really stupid.

Certainly in the modern world countries like China are more commonly thought of when the topic of swordsmanship is brought up, but in the 19th century and possibly even before that, isn't there at least an argument that training with weapons was way more accessible in contemporary Europe?

13 Comments
2024/05/14
16:26 UTC

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My HEMA Journey so far. Finally got my own gear this last week and I feel like I've come a long way!

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2024/05/14
14:06 UTC

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Gorget and Gorget Underpadding

Evening all - have a rather specific question. Does anyone have neck-issues (through injury/surgery) that requires them to wear protection on that area in order for them to fight safely? Do you wear a gorget and, if you do, what kind and what padding do you use. I DO use a gorget, but am looking at different protective measures or different padding under the gorget. Would appreciate any ideas from the field. Thanks much --

16 Comments
2024/05/14
00:18 UTC

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Do any of you train/study the 18th century Stage-Gladiator sources?

What all sources do you know of, I am curious if I am missing any?

Are there any Stage-Gladiator sources from America? I know there were Gladiator shows in America but never found a source on it.

The Expert Sword-Man's Companion (1728) - Donald McBane

A treatise on backsword, sword, buckler, sword and dagger, sword and great gauntlet, falchon, quarterstaff (1735) - Captain James Miller

The Use of the Broad Sword (1746) - Thomas Page

A Treatise Upon The Useful Science Of Defence: Connecting The Small And Back-sword (1747) - Captain John Godfrey

The Fencers Guide (1770) - Andrew Lonnergan

Lecture on the Art of Defense (1791) - Archibald MacGregor

5 Comments
2024/05/13
22:27 UTC

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Does a practice jukdo work as a training longsword for a beginner?

I recently became very interested in hema, specifically longsword. My only real method of training right now is practicing techniques alone and sparring with some of my friends, who are also absolute beginners. One of them was able to lend me a training jukdo from their Tae Kwon Do class, does this work as an effective substitute for a training longsword?

4 Comments
2024/05/13
20:33 UTC

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Simple Self-defence with the walking cane - Pierre Vigny 's stick fighting of Bartitsu

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2024/05/13
17:35 UTC

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The Holy Sword of Ludovico Bentivoglio

If you ever find yourself in Bologna, you'll want to visit the Museo Civico Medievale, there you'll happen upon a Holy Sword—a sacred relic.

This is the story of that sword, and the unlikely character who came to possess it!

https://theartofarms.substack.com/p/the-holy-sword-of-ludovico-bentivoglio?r=1e0ent

2 Comments
2024/05/13
12:16 UTC

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Hi! I’m in the process of ordering SPES AP Light jacket and I can’t decide which collar option to choose - standard, high, or astronaut. What are the advantages?

Also, did anyone order a custom jacket recently? What are the waiting times?

24 Comments
2024/05/12
13:07 UTC

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Saber and Messer vs Rapier

25 Comments
2024/05/11
21:23 UTC

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