My opinion on using a single handed sword with a reverse / icepick grip

This is not supposed to be an expert analysis, just my personal thoughts based on my practice of historical European martial arts (medieval / renaissance sword …

29 thoughts on “My opinion on using a single handed sword with a reverse / icepick grip

  1. Jaewoo Kim says:

    seems a lot of the reverse grip is useful for backstabs or fights where you, the reverse gripper, are constantly moving forward while your opponent doesnt'. i guess that makes sense why a lot of fantasy games portray assassin or thief classes using this grip along with a really acrobatic movement style, doing flips and spins and rolls and such, tearing through entire armies with inhuman speed. but yeah i agree, it's not exactly nice for your conventional 1v1 sword skirmish.

  2. Pyro Reaper67 says:

    I'm not saying this is an extremely viable method, in fact it's very situational,
    But something I do want to point out is that you are being fairly close minded about it. What I mean by this is that you are staying true to the normal grip style rather than adjusting to the style of your reverse grip.
    I feel like what you're trying to do here is basically like trying to use a great sword like a katana which could work if you're creative but it would be difficult and awkward.

  3. Mike Newton says:

    I fin d the ice pick grip is useful if I am on higher ground than my opponent (or if you are six foot and the person you are fighting is much shorter than you, like a ten year old),it protects your legs and belly easier than the normal grip. I think it's a situational grip, and not an everyday use.

  4. Syxx V Ralrock says:

    Reverse grips look better for two handed style attacks. Meaning your dominant hand still uses the sword in standard format. If it's against short ranged attacks I'd prefer a second blade but against medium range I'd use a shield.

  5. Nathaniel Billington says:

    a question… lets say you are right handed and your opponent is left handed… does that make the fight any more difficult for the both of you? since the angle the attacks come at are different? perhaps it will be more awkward to block against.

  6. Zironeful says:

    Positve uses of the reverse grip that I noticed;
    The reverse grip makes it slightly harder to estimate your opponents reach, since his normal stance is so that the blade follows the arm back rather than pointing to you.
    Changing suddenly to a normal grip might catch your opponent off guard because your sudden further reach.
    The reverse grip seems to have some potential for quick counters. Look at 8:058:08. If that would be practices some more, that could be very effective

  7. Justa Guy says:

    I think there is a reason why most of the time when you see this style used it's with a either a short sword or a dagger. The reverse grip gives you a lot of power to your blows and stability in your defense. Not to mention most times this style is seen used it's in duel wielding and usually in the off hand. I don't think it's the ideal way to hold a blade in most situations but it is effective in a few with the normal grip in the main hand offsetting a lot of the limitations. Plus it's 'a weird' and unusual style, perfect for doing the unexpected moves against your enemy.

  8. Simna ibn Sind says:

    It seems like its a blocking stance. How do you think it would fair when combined with a nice armored gauntlet? Or perhaps in a two sword stance(both icepick or one icepick+one standard)?

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