Friday, April 28, 2006

Perusing the Bulgarian Fencing Site

On came across this history of Bulgarian fencing tidbit: "On 26 September 1931 in Sofia is held the first Balkan tournament in fencing in which participate: Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria."

To put this in modern perspective, this would be similar to a 1975 Middle Eastern Fencing League tournament with entries from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, and Syria.Arabia.


Steve said...

I wonder if there were any cases of taking the button off the sword? (As was done in many film pot boilers wherein the evil duke plots to kill the good king or prince and sieze the thorn?)

Mitch Kief said...

Taking the rubber button reveals a blunted metal tip. Essentially, fencing "weapons" are as lethal as a car antenna. Sigh.