Is it a military saber? Is it for HEMA? Is it even a saber?
As they say, “everything new is well-forgotten old.”
How so? The answer lies with Captain Alfred Hutton, who created the amateur fencing association in 1895, and Colonel George Fox, who is one of the authors of the very concept of the gymnasium saber.
They realized that it is much more convenient to fence with a sword (épée) than with a saber when you do sports. And the fact that the Brits used to call everything long-bladed “a sword” also helped.
Therefore, they decided to straighten the "saber," lighten it, give it better balance for the needs of a duel for points and unify it a little for the fun of competitions in the European historical sport - fencing.
Subsequently, it became known as sports fencing or Olympic fencing.
So this saber is a product of a new era in fencing development when the martial content and intentions gave way to purely sporting use.
And here, the wishes of amateur fencers from the end of the 19th century coincided with the wishes of amateur fencers of our time, tailored for sporting results.
So meet - our new saber, from the minds of late XIX century sporting enthusiasts and gymnasium athletes - our Gymnasium saber model "1895".
Details and history of the development of this piece of fencing history can be found in the article by our court historian Vadim Senichev >>>