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S.R. Lewis




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PostPosted: Wed 16 Mar, 2011 8:05 pm    Post subject: hand and a half/two-handed sabers         Reply with quote

Just out of curiosity, i've been wondering if whether having only a single edge means that hand and a half or two hand sabers would be used in a way that would be fundamentally different than regular double edged longswords? I haven't been able to come across any references to them in what few translated texts i've seen so any information anyone might have would be greatly appreciated.
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Lafayette C Curtis




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PostPosted: Thu 17 Mar, 2011 4:38 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

If we're talking about European examples, then it would appear that most such long-handled sabres had at least a short false edge that would have allowed the user to perform most techniques available to the double-edged longsword. Techniques for one-handed, double-edged swords were also quite similar to those taught for one-handed, single-edged messers. So no problems there, at least none that I can see from the perspective of somebody who has never owned or played around with a two-handed sabre....
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Philip Melhop




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PostPosted: Thu 17 Mar, 2011 10:55 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I was at the Wallace Collection today, they have a number of single edged long swords in differing grip and guard configurations. All the blades have some degree of false edge. I couldn't see anything that would indicate that they were used in a fundamentally different fashion to the double edged weapons.
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