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George Silver & Draw / Push Cut

PostPosted: 05 Aug 2016 07:58
by Yeknodathon
Enjoying Paul Wagner's Master of Defence, has lots of piccies (I like piccies) and something that jumped out was an emphasis on drawing the sword just before a strike, as Mr Wagner describes like a saw after a axe (the axe bit dictating the blade alignment and force) . Which is rather intriguing as I''m not so sure if this is mentioned in sabre drill manuals.. the sawing or drawing bit as the cut is being made? Might explain why some accounts suggest sabres didn't cut as expected during warfare? There was a percussive blow but the required draw or push of a saw was missing?

Re: George Silver & Draw / Push Cut

PostPosted: 05 Aug 2016 08:53
by admin
It is not explicitly mentioned in many manuals, but was understood by experienced swordsmen of the time. Have a look at Allanson-Winn's 'broadsword and singlestick', where it is discussed (that's also a really good little manual) - http://www.gutenberg.org/files/31214/31 ... 1214-h.htm

Re: George Silver & Draw / Push Cut

PostPosted: 05 Aug 2016 17:42
by Yeknodathon
admin wrote:It is not explicitly mentioned in many manuals, but was understood by experienced swordsmen of the time. Have a look at Allanson-Winn's 'broadsword and singlestick', where it is discussed (that's also a really good little manual) - http://www.gutenberg.org/files/31214/31 ... 1214-h.htm


Thanks Mr Admin, yes, looks interesting. Saved for peanut butter on low carb toast breakfast time consumption.