Girard Thibault – Selecting a Sword


Grauenwolf's Study of Western Martial Arts

Determining the proper length of the sword in Thibault’s system is easy:

Therefore the measure of the sword is such that the length of the blade from the point to the quillons is equal to the half-diameter, that is, if the point is set on the ground between the hollows of the two feet, the quillons come exactly to the height of the navel, as may be seen in circle 1.

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For me this would be a 42” blade. By contrast, Capoferro would have me use a weapon that is 54” long (blade+hilt).

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