Sutor's 'Neu Kunftliches Fechtbuch' was originally written in Frankfurt in 1612 and then republished by Wilhelm Hoffman in Stuttgart in 1849. He begins his work with 16 pages covering the "lemgen schwerdt" or long sword. These include the classic guards and a few pages devoted to grappling techniques. He follows this with coverage of the "dusaken" or dusack. A dusack is essentially, a large, elongated "meat cleaver", one sharp edge, slightly curved blade with an integral hand grip. It has a certain resemblance to a large machete. It is unclear if the dusack were made out of metal or were originally employed as wooden weapons for training purposes only. His works concludes with ample coverage of the rapier, rapier and dagger trailing with a few pages covering pole-weapons.
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