Facts

Some quite interesting facts about fencing ... or they may just be rumours or actual lies.

  • Modern swords

    The foil has a blade made of pure steel, the swords maximum length is 3 feet and is not allowed to weigh more than 1.1 pounds. The sabre is a sword from the 18th century and is similar to the foil but weighs slightly less and is about one inch shorter.

  • Karl Marx

    Karl Marx (1818-1883) was a German social, political, and econimic theorist. He studied at the University of Bonn where he first learned fencing. 

  • William Shakespeare

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was also a skilled stage fencer and taught his actors to make things look as real as possible.

  • Fencing and Ballet

    Many of the ballet positions are derived from fencing.

  • Scotland's Last Duel

    Few other institutions can match the history of Glasgow University Union. Founded in 1885, the Union was the scene of Scotland’s last ever duel in 1899; swords were drawn and blood was spilled over the election battle for the University Rectorship.