Review:  The Rawlings Synthetic Longsword, AKA Hit or Miss

Review: The Rawlings Synthetic Longsword, AKA Hit or Miss

Monday, March 28, 2016


Christopher Valli


  1. I forgot to take pictures, so here's a stock image of a fencing mask
    23 May, 2016
    A Longsword Game, a.k.a. Pop!
    We played a new game in class on May 13th, the idea coming from multiple videos I've seen shared on facebook and other sites.
  2. touched up version I put together
    04 Apr, 2016
    Meyer's Second Cutting Form, AKA The Opposite Way
    Once again I'm back to do a little write up and review of a drill from class.  Hopefully this will be a useful utility for students to review and practice at home.  My apologies, the GIF is not the best quality; it was starting to rain so we were in a hurry to get the sequence on video.
  3. This week's Cutting Drill, AKA Our First Solo Drill of the Week
    21 Mar, 2016
    This week's Cutting Drill, AKA Our First Solo Drill of the Week
    As per the comments of some of the students, I am hoping to use our website and Blog more frequently in order to share extra information with students.  We talk about what exercises we do in class, and any of the instructors are always available for questions, but this Blog as a resource may be more help if you are practicing alone at home during the week. Joachim Meyer's Cutting Square During our solo exercises on March 18th's class, we worked on a slightly different cutting pattern.  One of
  4. Image from the official Cold Steel Website
    18 Jan, 2016
    Review: Cold Steel Rondel Trainer, AKA A Cold Steel Product I Dont Hate
    Welcome to my first review blog! Today we're talking about the Cold Steel Rondel Dagger Trainer!
  5. Time to Train!
    15 Jan, 2016
    The New Year Perspective, AKA Better Late Than Never
    2015 was a busy but successful year for us at Laurel City Historical Fencing.  While class did not officially start until July 3rd, months of planning went into getting the class up and running.  In addition to curriculum (which Christian made much easier with Fighting with the German Longsword) I also ran around speaking with local churches and other businesses to find a facility.  Someone involved with town politics recommended I speak with the Winsted Recreation director Tanya (who has been a
  6. practicing our dagger defenses
    11 Jan, 2016
    Dagger Seminar with Christian Tobler, AKA Don't Get Stabbed
    On December 18th, we had the pleasure of hosting our school's principal instructor, Christian Henry Tobler, for an evening of dagger work.  The 90 minute seminar was really a primer on the use of the Medieval rondel dagger, based on the teachings of master Lignitzer.