On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 10:25 AM, Aaron Gormanshaw ... There s lots of places in the german swordwork where the arms are held so that the hands are crossed. InMessage 1 of 17 , Dec 11 8:16 AMView SourceOn Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 10:25 AM, Aaron Gormanshaw
> Yes, the handle's a little bit short, but we're going to try to work with it anyways. Do you have any suggestions as to where we'll run into issues?There's lots of places in the german swordwork where the arms are held
so that the hands are crossed. In those situations, having the space
between the hands is really really helpful. Otherwise things feel
really cramped. Aaron would have more insight into this as he's done a
lot more of the german stuff than I have.
Of course, with the blade legal, there's no reason not to put a longer
hilt on it.
John is right on the hilt length, a proper German longsword of the Lichtenhauer/Ringeck (of which Meyer is a later descendent of) type has a hilt that isMessage 1 of 17 , Dec 11 8:45 AMView SourceJohn is right on the hilt length, a proper German longsword of the Lichtenhauer/Ringeck (of which Meyer is a later
descendent of) type has a hilt that is typically 11" long, which makes life much easier in Ochs and on the Zwerchhau.
The thing that I can see is you are going to get hit along the forefinger and thumb of the leading hand of the sword
alot. This is symptomatic of not holding your sword high and/or extended enough, this can also be caused be a gorget
that is binding the shoulders, or lastly but not leastly actually keeping your distance. The goal is intecept your
opponents sword while it is still mostly vertical, if it is allowed to fall into the lateral orientation it is finger
Needless to say I'm waiting for my pourpoint and Visby gauntlets before I do long sword sparring again. Afterall its
pretty darn hard to write a thesis with a broken finger. However I've been having fun playing sword and buckler against
the longsword in the meantime. If anyone has the money to drop I highly recommend the Meyer Steel longsword from
Albion. =) They are very nice. The Lichtenhauer isn't bad, but it is comparatively tip heavy and you will find you
get nailed in the nacht as your sword has made a quick overhand cut and it is slow to recover.
Hope that helps.
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