Cold Steel: The Art of Fencing with the Sabre (Dover Books on History, Political and Social Science)
The techniques associated with the sabre differ markedly from those of the épeé and the rapier. This 1889 classic by a pioneer of modern fencing offers both technical and historical views of the art of the sabre. Topics include a variety of different strokes and parries, methods of combining attack and defense, and associated weapons. 55 illustrations.
Excellent Instruction for a Gentleman's Defense
By Michael Chesbro - November 11, 2006
"Cold Steel: The Art of Fencing with the Sabre" was originally published by Alfred Hutton in 1889. The book is a classic instruction manual in the use of the saber in one's defense. There are several illustrations showing proper guards, defense and use of the saber.
In addition to discussion of the use of the saber, "Cold Steel" also discusses:
>The Game of the Sword (The Fencing Sword)
>Saber Against Bayonet
>The Saber Opposed to the French Sword
>The Great Stick (The 5-foot Stick)
>The Constable's Truncheon
>The Short Sword-Bayonet or Dagger
For anyone interested in the Western / European martial sciences, "Cold Steel" is recommended reading. For those interested in developing skills with sword, stick, and dagger, "Cold Steel" is a must. Written at a time when men relied on these weapons for their personal defense, "Cold Steel" offers excellent instruction for one's defense.
Much as Domenico Angelo's classic,The School of Fencing: With a General Explanation of the Principal Attitudes and Positions Peculiar to the Art did for the small sword, Hutton provides the one essential work on combative use of the sabre. He lays out a comprehensive yet straight forward series of lesson plans with detailed guidance on how to gain copetence with the sabre. I particularly liked his comments on the importance of the return or reposte. "[The riposte] is the most brilliant stroke a swordsman can make, since in making it he demonstrates his command of nerve...his activity... and his judgment". Too true, and relevant even to sport fencers. Also excellent are the dills, including blindfolded drills for developing 'sentiment du fer' or the feel of the sword.
Along with lessons for the sabre, Hutton includes instruction on the two-handed sword that... read more
The forgotten art of sabre fencing
By Orson Kimball - January 18, 2007
I really enjoyed this book because it deals with the technical aspects of sabre fencing. How to use the point, as well as both of the cutting edges.
The text is over 100 years old and was at the end of the era that was at the most perfected stage. Alfred Hutton borrows heavily from the old masters of Italy, France and England with his own style mixed in. A must read book for any serious saber fencer.