Einhorn Device 1
Note, come into the pre-fencing with your left foot forward and strike upward from your right with the short edge, one time, twice, through in front of your face, and the third time stay in the long point with your sword thus stretched out in front of you, turn the long edge above you toward your right so that your pommel goes through under your right arm and your hands cross over one another, drive thus upward with crossed hands, thus you stand in the Unicorn, as was told of before, from then strike ahead (seeing that your left foot stays forward) with two consecutive upstrikes, the first from your right, the other from your left, both hard upward near his body so that in the second upstrike your hands cross over again as before. Drive thus nimbly upward flying off again into the Unicorn, raise your left foot somewhat up, then soon set it quickly down again, with such faking and displays you pull him in so that he then strikes to your left opening, yet just as he strikes then let your blade sink down in front of you, and then twitch your sword over your head, strike thus with the long edge high traversing from your right (with an advancing step of the same foot) against his oncoming strike, such that you catch his strike in the high traverse on the strong of your sword, as soon as the swords glide together, then burst with your right foot still forward against his left side, and raise your sword above you rushing a bit from his blade. Yet while you (as was told) drive a bit above you, then thrust your pommel through under your right arm so that your hands become crossed, quickly and nimbly with an inward flat oe short edge (with the next intended step out to his left) behind his sword to his head, as the small figures on the left side of illustration C show, you thus expose your left opening, he will rush to do the same, thus do no more then pull your pommel out from under your right arm again, and wind your sword into the long point so that your long edge turns to stand against his blade, thus you stand in direct displacement, as is shown by the other smaller figures in the same illustration,
What the Device Teaches Us
- Striking in the onset (Zufechten) to control the flow of the fight.
- Using Einhorn to create a false opening to deceive (Verfuhren) the opponent into an attack
- Drawing him into a fight with high crooked, plunging, and thwart cuts so you can wind down over his blade to control him.
Interpretation [DP Working notes]
|Waiting in Vom tag, left leg forward||Waiting in Nebenhut, left leg forward|
|Gathering Step forward, slash up through to longpoint from below with the false edge, and come back around to Nebenhut|
|Gathering Step backward||Gathering Step forward, slash up through to longpoint from below with the false edge, and come back around to Nebenhut|
|Gathering Step backward||Gathering Step forward, slash up through to longpoint|
|In the slashing turn straight up to Einhorn on the right.|
|Cut over and around into Unterhauw from the right|
|Cut over and around into Unterhauw from the left, coming back into Einhorn|
|With the blade well offline lift the left foot and fake a step with it (doing a Gavin stamp)|
The section above forms the standard "entry" to the Einhorn devices, which is repeated in all of them, the device then continues...
|Zornhauw to upper left opening with a Passing Step||Passing Step forward right, Zwerch to parry with your strong.|
|Lift the sword slightly and push through the pommel under your right arm to fall on the left of his head with a Sturtzhauw (this exposes your own left side)|
|Lift the sword slightly and push up the pommel to cut down on the left of the Lehrling's head with a Sturtzhauw (this exposes your own left side)||Wind to Langort so your sword presses down over his|
Interpretation [JM Working notes]
From the standard entry
|Zornhauw to upper left opening with a Passing Step||Dip the point down, cutting around with a Mittelhauw (Forgeng), with a Passing Step with right, catching the sword on your strong.|
|On contact spring further to the right, pushing your pommel under your right elbow, striking toward his right ear with your short edge or flat.|
|Attack to his upper left opening||Pull your pommel from under your arm (Wind) into longpoint, turn the long edge against the strike in to the Straight Parrying (gerade versatzung)|