One criteria for evaluating a guard is how many cuts one can throw from it. The more options the guard offers you, the harder it will be for your opponent to predict your next action.
Until recently my interpretation of the Zornhut had the point back and slightly to the left. This allowed me to throw cuts along the line of A thru D, which isn’t too bad. I can even occasionally throw an H, though it is a little clumsy.
Increasing the Compass
As I was writing up some lecture notes for an upcoming Meyer class, I was reminded that Meyer prefers to wrap the sword so far around himself that point is somewhat forward. Why?
Trying to match the plate, I discovered that it increases my range of cuts by nearly two letters. By pushing both hands above my head as I begin my step, I can reliably…