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Russian Cossack Saber Manual Volume 1
Russian Cossack Saber Manual Volume 1

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This is a translated manual for Cossacks and Imperial Russian Army personnel on the proper training methods on the use of the Shashka Saber for cutting and thrusting in combat. It explains the science behind it and the proper training methods and training mediums. It is not written from a European perspective with special terminology but rather simple straight forward concepts used by Russian farmers. It was written in the 19th century in the no-nonsense style typical of Russian writers. This book is about using the Shashka Saber from 19th Century Russia and the Caucasus Region. Includes the history of Caucasians and Cossacks and their blades, training methods, offensive & defensive mono directional fencing, military knife training, a pictorial guide for shashka fencing and more!

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4 of 5 Informative and usefull. August 31, 2021
Reviewer: Grant Decker from Norton, OH United States  
Informative and usefull, if brief. An excellent addition to my collection.

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5 of 5 June 26, 2020
Reviewer: Anonymous Person  

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3 of 5 Rough around the edges, but good overall May 27, 2020
Reviewer: Lucas L from Ontario, Canada  
The first section of the manual concerns the history of the shashka, while the second is a translation of the original Russian army manual complete with photographs and instructions. The history portion lacks basic editing: Fonts and formatting change from page to page. Additionally, the history section is incredibly lackluster. There no footnotes, and the references are dubious at best. Wikipedia should not be used as a source for a history book. These flaws are something one would expect in a .pdf given away for free online, not a professional, printed work. That being said the manual itself is reasonably good. The translation is fairly accurate. As someone with experience with broadsword, the basics of sabre were easily gleaned from the illustrations and instructions. If you are interested in shashka sabre and have basic familiarity with HEMA, this book should serve you just fine, but I would recommend the author fix the history section and the obvious formatting problems.

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