Girard Thibault – Chapter 1, Figures A thru E: More on Selecting a Sword


Grauenwolf's Study of Western Martial Arts

Thibault appears to come from an era where stupidly long swords were fashionable. I cannot think of any other reason why he is so determined to instruct his students to use shorter blades.

Figure A

This shows how a proper gentleman hangs his sword as to not offend or annoy those around him. Note that the sword is vertical, possibly so that those behind him do not trip over it.

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Figure B

This figure demonstrates our fencer grasping the scabbard just prior to drawing the sword. Note that it rests at a continent height so that one does not need to bend in order to reach it.

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Figure C

The next figure actually draws the sword. The right foot must be raised to make this possible, and even then we are seeing the longest possible sword that one may draw without much inconvenience. Believe it or not, this is considered…

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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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