Even the best laid plans do not survive contact with the enemy. Well, hopefully the weapons do.
To truly test my swords I have to use them. Sharp swords are by definition not safe, and so should not be tested in combat, but my blunt training swords can, and should, be tested.
What better way to test them than to let a bunch of eager historical fencers get their hands on them and merrily try to bash each others head in with them. It just so happens that I know such a bunch.
They are the members of my historical european martial arts group in copenhagen.
Whats even better, we are a bit short on swords at the moment, due to a lot of new members and some old equipment, so when I proposed to bring my newly made swords and leave them at the club for a nonspecific time period, everybody was happy.
Yesterday I finally managed to go to training after a period of being too busy at work/ being ill/ cancellation of training.
I decided to get a few pictures of my blades in action but since I am primarily there to train it was only at the last part where we do sparring, that I got a few shots of. Incidentally I also get to show you the absolutely fabulous place we train.
Our Salle( thats the european version of Dojo) is located in the concert-hall of the Odd fellow Mansion in Copenhagen.
This is one of mine in the hands of one of my clubmates, he immediately grabbed the one with the skull pommel, and it didnt leave his hands for the entire training.
He didnt manage to break it even though he is a big strong guy, so I call my test a success.
They dont come out completely unscathed though. This is the one I used during training, the one with the wheel pommel. As expected there are little nicks in the blade, but nothing that wouldnt happen to a profesionally made blade, and nothing that a little love and some sandpaper cant fix.
If you want to see how the swords where made, here are all the posts related to the making (in the order of making, not the order of posting)
forging the blades
grinding the blade
heat treat and straightening
making a pommel 1
making a pommel 2
making an alternative pommel 1
making an alternative pommel 2
making an alternative pommel 3
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