Rapier fighters add to atmosphere in Knoxville Italian street fair

The consensus regarding the Knoxville, TN Rossini Italian Street Fair is that it was "just general, all-around fun." Contributing to the festivities were members of the local SCA group, who offered a fencing demonstration for the 70,000 attendees. Matt Lakin of knoxnews.com had the story.

Joel Davis, AKA Jack Marvell, participated in the rapier demonstration. "This is a civilian weapon," he said, demonstrating. "You'll find these things in Shakespeare and the good Three Musketeers movies, for example. It marked a transition from the relatively cut-oriented style of the Middle Ages. Here, the point is deadly."