>I just got a sabre as an anniversary gift from my wife, and wanted to
>how incredibly _cool_ it is. :)
>As someone said before, it's hard to look at a steel whip with an
>grip and think 'sword'. Not so with this baby! This is a SWORD. I want
>to go stick someone. :)
Sabre is a lot of fun... funny though I have the opposite response - I
can't take sabre seriously (I'm afraid if I do, it will cease to be fun).
So I seriously pursue epee, and to some extent foil, and leave sabre for
just having fun.
BTW - although you can stick people with a sabre, it is usually more
effective to hack at them... actually I hope you learn to cut correctly
when you learn sabre. Too many people use their whole arm when a cut is
supposed to be just with the fingers (maybe augmented a little with the
wrist, but mostly fingers).
>(I am not finished learning foil basics yet, so I took the precautionary
> measure of not getting a sabre glove yet so I would not be too tempted
> to switch to a new weapon. But it's going to be hard to resist!)
I fence sabre from time to time, but I don't have a "sabre glove". In
fact (and I defer to real sabreurs on this), I don't think it really
matters which type of glove you use for sabre as much as it doesn for, say
epee, where you don't want too much that can snag on your opponent's
point. Now if you mean the over-glove... I understand. I have yet to
invest in any electric sabre equipment myself (and it will probably be a
while yet before I do, just because I don't take it seriously enough to
I recommend you continue with foil for a while longer... and especially
get the footwork down. IMHO, footwork is the cornerstone of fencing, and
this is especially true of sabre in light of the "no crossing the feet"