Whilst on the way to the Antique Arms Show in Baltimore this last weekend, I was asked by a friend who couldn’t attend to look out for sets of dueling pistols. Here are a couple:
Of course, the crew I went with were particularly interested in the swords, especially the Medieval to Renaissance period swords. Which they did have, to some extent. I tell you, it amazes me to hold real weapons from that era.
I think we forget that these are simply tools. Some fancy, some not, but they were made for a purpose, to the best of the ability of the maker. So when you hold a real German longsword from that era, you’re amazed by the lightness of it. You know it’s a deadly weapon, but unlike what you might think from movies, plays, or some wall-hanger displays in home or museums, it seems almost… delicate. You can see what destruction it might cause, but at the same time, you could see how a skilled soldier would have to wield it all day and keep up with it, and be careful with it, same as a modern day soldier and his firearm.
Wield it improperly, and you could really damage it. Wild. Really gives you respect for your training, and for the weapons.
All in all, it was a good outing. We loaded up two vehicles worth of fencers of one stripe or another, and met up with another load that was already there.
In addition, we even saw Christian Tobler there. That was cool. He wrote the book I have on fighting with the longsword. I bought it as a signed copy, if you remember, when I got my waster.
Afterwards, we two carfuls went to the Ellicott Mills Brewing Company in Ellicott City for some good beers and good food. Venison steak, bison burgers–all yum! And we had a great time.
This was partially in appreciation of the Chris’ birthday. Chris is the main guy instructing in longsword. We had an “official” birthday dinner for him on the Thursday before the show. This was a continuation; he had several friends up in the Baltimore area that came down to Ellicot City to meet up. They were all good peeps, and it was quite nice to meet them.
On the way back, we found out that some other friends, one of whom was a fencer, got engaged that very night, so when we got back to Stafford, we stopped by and toasted our congrats to them with some champagne. ‘Twas a great night all-round.