POLISH  SABER FENCING

FROM THE XVIth TO THE XVIIIth CENTURIES

Ciecia Prawdziwa Szabla

Highlights of Wojciech Zablocki's

review of Polish Sabres, including

"ANALYSIS OF FENCING MOVEMENTS"

(Analiza Dzialan Szermierczych) in 

Ciecia Prawdziwa Szabla

 

© Richard J. Orli, 1994, 2000    

Comprehensive catalog of Polish Sabre varities.

Zablocki also provides a brief review of traditional Polish Sabre fencing technique, based largely on the 1830 work by Michal Starzewski, the "Treatise on Fencing", the only known period sabre manual in the Polish language. 

 

Contents  

 

POLISH  SABER FENCING Technique

 

 

POLISH SABRES (English Abstract)

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Comments or questions?  I'll be happy to hear from you:  Rick Orli

Thanks to Szczepan Twardoch for his assistance with the research, and to Joanna G. for help with translations.

Check out Boleslav Orlicki's Horse Artillery, my 17th Century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth Reenactment Unit, based in the Washington DC area.


The Polish Language equivalent of this page by (Dariusz Górecki)   is:  http://republika.pl/dgorecki/index.html


Further Reading:

Master Zabloski has just (Fall 2001) published a new historical sabre fencing book, in Polish. Review and details to follow soon.

A wonderful overview of Husars and other 1400-1645 Polish Military topics: http://www.domnasz.freeserve.co.uk/Wojna13.htm


"Saber of Polish Soldiers, 19th and 20th Century"
("Szabla Zolnierza Polskiego, XIX i XX Wiek")
By Aleksander Czerwinski and Leslaw Dudek


"Polish Edged Weapons and their Makers, Volume One, Cracow Makers"
("Polska Bron Biala i Jej Producenci, Tom I, Firmy Krakowskie")
By Leszek Zachuta

"History of  the Saber in Poland"
("Dzieje Szabli w Polsce")
By Wlodzimierz Kwasniewicz
(Dom Wydawniczy Bellona, Warsaw, 1993)

"Polish Arms - Side Arms"
By Andrzej Nadolski           (in English) 
(Ossolineum, Wroclaw, 1974)

Sabre handling in Cavalry reenactments: http://www.militaryhorse.org/features/saber.asp



Also

William Hope, The Complete Fencing Master, by Rick Orli, for the Smallsword perspective

Rapier Fencing - DiGrasse's 16th C. Manual  The Rapier perspective

Rapier Basics Review: Movement, Measure, the Thrust, and the Cut.

Rapier Technique Demo

 


Commercial sites with Polish armor, swords, or sabre information (we have no commercial connection with these, and do not endorse them!) at LINKS

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