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The Second Part - Attack and Defense Tactics and Opening Moves from each Ward of the Several Weapons
Slope lunge to the left = Left foot 45 degrees forward and to the left.
XIV. Case of Swords or Rapiers
the use of two swords or rapiers is common in the schools and lists alike, although they
are not used for war. While dexterity in the left as well as the right is of use in all
weapons, it is crucial with the Case of Rapiers. Each rapier ought to be handled equally
and indifferently, each one as apt to strike as defend. Do not profess this Art until you
are much practiced and exercised therein, or you will find yourself utterly deceived.
Both can strike at the same time but this dangerous technique should not be used. Just
as the single sword must strike and defend, so too must the double swords in turn.
Figure 13 The Case of Rapiers
The High Ward at two Rapier
It does not matter which foot leads, but the hind rapier is aloft, and the fore is
below, (as a low ward is framed). At the two rapiers the high ward is the most perfect and
surest. Execute the thrust with the pass lunge. Whenever possible find your enemy's sword
with the lead (low ward sword) with a beat or bind as a precursor to the attack. As you
finish the attack, the attacking sword settles in the low ward, and the now hind sword
raises to the high position. If your opponent has retreated, it is ideal to follow without
hesitation with another attack, this time with the arm now raised in the high ward.
The Broad Ward at the two Rapiers
The approach is similar to that of the High ward. First attempt to engage or beat the
opponent's fore rapier with your own, so that it is momentarily controlled, and deliver a
strong thrust to the thigh off a slope pass lunge.
To defend, stand at the low ward, left leading. The right arm and hind (right) foot
should both be open and wide. When attacked, take a slope pass step with your right foot
(45 degree angle forward and right), to void your left from the enemy's line of attack.
Practice as well with the right foot forward, stance reversed.
The Low Ward at the two Rapiers
Attacks within have one blow, attacks without have two. If your point is within
(between your opponent's swords), with the right foot before, pass lunge with your left
foot, try to engage and force your opponents sword with your left, and thrust strongly
below while lunging right. The threat of your attack will force your opponent to attempt
to defend himself with his hind rapier, so your attack is relatively safe.
In defence, I most strongly advise voiding by a very sloped (steep angle) lunge or
traverse, and delivering a thrust at the enemy's face. Be sure to always keep one sword's
point within, and to keep both weapons somewhat apart, to avoid having both trapped at the
The case consisted of two identical
light and short (30-34 inches) rapiers, kept in a single double scabbard.