"This wound of Third against a Third..."
Fencers start at misura larga, on the outside, in Third. Fencer A will be the victor.
- Fencer A "motions to find" Fencer B's sword.
- Fencer B takes a step in to either:
- Cavazione and strike in Fourth, or
- Find A's sword and close to misura stretta
- A drops the tip of his sword, intercepting B's debole in the cavazione. A lunges, striking B in Third, to the outside and underneath B's sword.
Fabris clarifies a point after this - specifically, if your opponent's blade is free and he tries to gain an advantage with it and doesn't step in, keep the distance while trying for an advantage yourself. The tempo of the foot is longer than the tempo of the hand.
On the other hand, he notes that if you do find your opponent's blade, you can take the tempo of him freeing it to step in while turning your hand to find the sword on the other side.
In short, before you close, find your opponent's sword. Otherwise, bad things.
Short and sweet! Next time, a really cool wound in First.