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Hans Hellinger
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I don’t actually know, but it may be down to covering more space or more angles. I does seem to be a thing though, you’ll notice as soon as you start sparring with sabers, particularly extra curvy ones.

In our club I’ve noticed a given bout with a longsword takes between about 5-30 seconds, maybe up to two minutes if both fighters are good and being very cautious.

A rapier (alone) match is about the same.

Rapier with dagger is about double a longsword.

Sword and buckler is about the same as rapier with dagger.

Messer fights are also about the same.

Bouts with sabers tend to go from the usual 5 seconds to about two minutes, I’ve seen them go as long as ten minutes, with multiple short bouts of exchanges followed by circling.

This is in part because a saber is better at defending with than it is at attacking, a fight with a saber vs. a longsword won’t last so long for example. But sabers do seem to parry well…