Fiore dei Liberi: Flos Duellatorum, 1410 (Pisani-Dossi, F. Novati, Bergamo, 1902)
 6  azza in arme - armoured poleaxe
 6.0 quattro poste (four guards)
 6.0.4 dent de zenchiar (tooth of the boar)

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Dent de zenchiar son pieno de ardiment
Colpi de aça a mi non pò fare nient.

The tooth of the boar is full of daring
The strike of your axe can do nothing to me.

Synopsis: click on image to view larger of the sameThe couplet creates an impression that this guard is highly effective against any strike by a poleaxe from the zugadore. The position of the poleaxe, as implied by the first line of the couplet appears to be a provocative stance, inviting the zugadore in to attack, as if to "dare" him to do so. Fiore also implies that this guard is very quick, being able to respond to any attack to defend oneself, and quite possibly to return the favour in an instant.

Practical Application: Interestingly, Fiore describes this posta in the unarmoured longsword section as a "stabile", and there is no reason why one cannot apply the same concept to the armoured version of this posta. The intent is to respond to an attack using the time of the hands. This enables the wielder to quickly respond to a committed attack from the zugadore and parry the inbound strike or thrust, and respond immediately with a counter, given the zugadore is now expended.

The action from this position would be a quick upward motion of the poleaxe head to parry aside the strike followed by a strike in return with the poleaxe head, or as the wielder parries aside the strike, the queue then comes into play to deliver a thrust, which would be done in about a "time and a half". It would be entirely possible to parry aside a thrust and deliver a thrust in return (exchange of points), however, this is difficult as the poleaxes do not lend themselves to this motion without binding up on the axeheads.

Grip: An explicit description of the guard and grip of the dent de zenchiar follows: The right hand, thumb forward, palm up, grips the shaft approximately 1/3 the length from the dag and held around the lower hip area above the right knee. The left hand, thumb forward, palm down, grips the shaft approximately 1/3 the distance from the tip of the queue and is elevated slightly above the left hip. The right leg is forward, toes pointing towards the zugadore whereas, the left leg is behind with heel slightly off the ground.

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Fiore dei Liberi, Flos Duellatorum 1410 posta de dent de zenchiar, stabile (guard of the boar's tooth) (unarmoured longsword)


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