Last night SG1 had their first proper formal military sabre lesson and I really enjoyed it (they seemed to also!). It makes a stark contrast to our normal sessions working with Fiore's weapons.
As an introduction I am showing a sort of generic style that covers some of the common features between Henry Angelo, Henry Charles Angelo, Burton and Hutton. It's surprisingly difficult to do, because of the differences between the sources, which of course must be mentioned for context. At this stage however I want to give a foundation of basic generic British military sabre, so that we have a sort of 'average' foundation from which to look at individual manuals. Some of the class have read Hutton's Cold Steel, though for various reasons I would rather steer clear of that source in classes. The first source we are likely to concentrate on is the army regulation Sword Exercise for Infantry of 1845 (by Henry Charles Angelo), as all manuals written after 1845 in Britain refer to, criticise or build on these (Burton's work is basically designed to replace them). They were also the standard work for British officers (and Police!) until 1895 when a new sword type and a new fencing system were introduced.
The class has requested that we again cover sabre next week, so I will be bringing along a variety of infantry officer's sabres (British, French and Swiss), to show the variations between about 1845 and 1890, as well as my original copy of the 1845 army regulations for sword exercise.