As I was bored a few weekends ago I decided to go through the stucke (devices) found in Meyer's Long Sword books to see the prevalence of certain techniques. I broke it down into cuts used offensively, edges used in these cuts, and defensive actions. It was not done with any specific goal in mind, but simply out of curiosity. So please do not take them as proof that X technique is preferred over Y technique. Or that current free-fencing practices/tournaments suck because this says so, etc.
Cuts used offensively:
What can be seen is that Underhauw is used a lot. More so apparently than any other cut. This is probably because I use it for everywhere "Low Cut" was said. But also because it is the counterpart to many high cuts. Also Zwerchhauw is used quite often, nearly double any other high cut.
Edges used in cuts:
As can be seen there is not that much between long and short edges. The long edge was primarily used for initial cuts and for the low cuts. Flat edges were used to clear a blade or as a Prellhauw type strike. Thrusts were called for about 9 times with just less than half being "with intent", the rest to make the opponent flinch.
I'm not sure why I threw disarms and grabs in here..... But yeah there they are... All grabs done after a bind was created.
I used Versetzen simply as:
The first is when you first put off your opponent's stroke or send it away with a cut, and then rush at his body with a cut, having taken his defence.
So cutting off the incoming cut with the intent of striking back after.
The Vier Versetzen I named individually when they occurred. I did, however, miss two Zwerchhauw that were used in his stucke. Also Longpoint is where he uses this guard to ward off the opponent or uses it as a 'straight parrying'.
So yeah. There's my data dump.
Meyer seems to prefer cut around the bind than stay in it. At least in his position strucke. Also in Book 3 are found the more tactical and theory behind a lot of the Master Cuts which are not included in these numbers. So do not take these as saying Meyer does not use them. He does, it just seems not that often in these stucke. And you can take that as you like