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Cold Steel: The Art of Fencing with the Sabre

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A pioneer of modern fencing, Alfred Hutton was the first president of the Amateur Fencing Association and a father of modern research into the Western combat arts. In addition to his lectures about ancient weapons and his demonstrations of their use, Hutton created this 1889 classic, a continuing source of instruction and enlightenment to modern readers.
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 23rd 2006 by Dover Publications
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Benjaminxjackson
Dec 30, 2011 Benjaminxjackson rated it really liked it
Cold Steel is a book that aims to introduce basic fencer into a wider world. Written in 1889, it explains how to develop competency in sabre fencing for a world where the possibility of a duel or the use of a sabre in military fighting still exists. Still, that is only half the fun, because the book goes beyond sabre fencing to cover fighting with sticks, daggers, and even unarmed defenses against a dagger.

In terms of useful technique, Cold Steel would be frowned upon by many modern sport fencin
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Christopher
Mar 27, 2013 Christopher rated it really liked it
Great book! There are some awesome drills in this text for the sabre. Great book for the serious fencing enthusiast. Some of the exercises are a bit hard to follow, but Hutton does a good job of describing the European equivalents of kendo kata. The layout of the book could be a bit bothersome, as the figures to which he refers always come at the end of the chapter, rather than near the referring paragraphs, but all in all, a good book the military sabre.
Corey
Feb 21, 2013 Corey rated it really liked it
Great insight into historical fencing by the previous generation of enthusiasts. Although his material is through the lens of the techniques of his day, it is clear how much he cares about the deep roots of personal combat.
Matt
Feb 15, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it
Mostly useful, but some information neither advertised nor particularly wanted shows up in the mix.
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