Open Wounds

K is for Knuckle Bow

sc0011f494The knuckle bow is part of the sword guard that sweeps from the hilt to the pommel in a bow shape offering protection to the sword hand.

Competitive sabres have them and many rapiers did. Not only great for protecting the hand but great for in-fighting also – smashing into the face especially. The pommel is great for that also as is the cross guard. You can also (as a neat trick) reverse your sword, holding the blade with both hands, one hand on the foible and one on the forte. Then use the parts of the hilt and grip as a weapon. Nasty stuff. Not taught on the lawns of the great families but in the dark alleys where the smell of brandy and whiskey is strong. That and urine. I had to add that in. Couldn’t help myself.

The Masked Man

The Masked Man
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11 responses

  1. angelinetrevena

    What an interesting blog. I did a class in stage fighting once and absolutely loved it. It was with staffs rather than swords. I’d love to do more.
    angelinetrevena.blogspot.co.uk

    April 12, 2013 at 9:54 am

    • Glad you liked the post. Stage fighting is a lot of fun whether it’s with staffs (never tried but it looks cool), swords, or unarmed! Thanks for stopping by.

      April 12, 2013 at 11:30 am

  2. I was watching something yesterday that made me think of you. I’ll try to mention you on Facebook.

    April 12, 2013 at 11:56 am

  3. What a great theme for A-Z! I love your book cover too, very cool image.

    April 13, 2013 at 6:08 am

    • Thanks. I like the way it came out also! Though it’s funny, people think it’s a fantasy novel not a historical, but I love both genres so I can live with that. Thanks for stopping by.

      April 13, 2013 at 8:21 am

  4. Very descriptive! And I love the illustrations đŸ™‚

    April 13, 2013 at 6:43 am

    • When I get stuck on my writing I like to draw. Hopefully more writing than drawing gets done. Thanks for stopping by and glad you liked the pics.

      April 13, 2013 at 8:22 am

  5. WOW!!! What a Great Blog – and, to me – a completely original idea . . .
    Thank you for sharing with us!
    Happy A to Z!
    -g-

    April 13, 2013 at 7:51 am

    • Thanks for stopping by and glad you liked the posts!

      April 13, 2013 at 8:23 am

  6. Love your drawings! ;-D

    April 13, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    • Thanks! When I can’t write, I draw. It’s a left brain right brain thing. Glad you stopped by.

      April 13, 2013 at 4:14 pm

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