Fencing on the Frozen Tundra

January 5, 2010

7th Incontro

Filed under: Incontro — milwaukeetourney @ 10:47 pm

The text reads: “When two fencers launch an assault at the same moment, both are at fault.”

This is the most straightforward and intuitive of the incontri. If both fencers attack at the same time without making any attempt to protect themselves, they are both at fault.



  1. I looked, perhaps missed it, but nevertheless could not find, an attribution of “the text” to Maestro William M. Gaugler’s summary, in his History of Fencing (on page 313) of Pini’s Trattato pratico (pages 181-83).

    Comment by Leckie — February 2, 2010 @ 2:17 am | Reply

    • The incontri are credited under the Rule section, though you are right, and I should probably have attributed them on the front page as well. We have unfortunately not been able to find a copy of Pini’s book.

      Comment by milwaukeetourney — February 2, 2010 @ 11:08 am | Reply

      • If you send me the e-mail address you would like me to use, I will forward the relevant pages from Pini in a pdf file. The source of the file (I did not make the scan myself) should remain private.

        Comment by Leckie — February 3, 2010 @ 1:01 am

  2. I clarified myself on the rules page and if we were face-to-face we would be on the same page….You should now have the file. I want though to wish you well. The “traditional” double is an issue that needs congenial and serious re-thinking, especially since its theoretical foundation clearly had serious people like Pini unhappy a century ago. I can assure you many still are. “Who has the touch?” has created a morass of incomprehensible FIE rules that have changed even a week before major events. It is a bit like blade lengths, in handling changes that in many ways really shouldn’t be “changes,” strangely. As Aldo Nadi wrote in On Fencing, a good foil fencer should be able to fence with a broomstick! And hit and not be hit. Thank you and….Fechtgruß!

    Comment by Leckie — February 3, 2010 @ 12:20 pm | Reply

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