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About the Swords We Use

~Eddie Floyd
Written October 17, 2006

Rapier

Hilt Assembly

Our Hilt Assemblies are historical to the size & weight for the time period of the early 1600’s. As the quillions define the period, Eddie requires the quillions to be 11 – 12 inches across & straight with no sharp edges. There should be room in the lower loops to permit two gloved fingers. The pommel is weighted so that the balance point of the sword is 2 ˝ to 3 inches down the blade from the quillion block.

Blade

We use the doublewide epee, sometimes called a Musketeer Blade. Eddie has handled many an old rapier from the time period & have found the best swords were relatively keen or thin & very rigid. Eddie welds a rectangular ricasso of the similar dimensions as the old rapiers to the doublewide epee. This makes the doublewide epee exhibit very similar characteristics to the old dueling rapier blades. The stiffness along the bottom 2/3, (sometimes called the strong & the ˝ strong), is necessary to parry & to bind. The weaker point allows for the bend and thus the score. The stiffness is necessary not only for defense but, in one example, the parry & the immediate riposte executed with authority does not leave your point dragging behind in the thrust as you will find in schlager blades. The schlager blade does not have the double distall edge that thrusting swords ALWAYS have. The schlager is designed to be used as a slashing practice sword.

With the accurately weighted swords with the doublewide epee, heavier armor must be worn to offset this force. This way, we do not have to hold our blows or slow our attacks.

Maine Gauche

Almost any historical maine gauche hilt assembly is acceptable. Eddie designed dagger blades to complement the swords we use. It is a thin tipped blade with a progressively widening toward the hilt so, like the sword, the lower ˝ is strong enough to deal with parrying the heavier, stronger doublewide epee.

Katana

We are proud to announce the new patent pending Kydex Practice Katana. After years of practicing Japanese Swordplay with the shanai, Eddie & Hank were left frustrated at not being able to accurately represent the Katana Sword. The prerequisites for the Sword they needed were the curve of the Katana, the oval handle that was long enough & the ability to thrust. We have accomplished ALL of this with this new sword.

The curve lets you “feel” the edge. When our sword is held in your hand, it feels more like a Katana. The oval handle, like a real Katana, adds edge knowledge. This curve to the blade & the longer oval handle have an added side benefit of not only the swordsman’s instant knowledge of the edge but also to more easily recognizable cuts by the fighters, the scorekeepers & the audience.

The ability & effectiveness of the thrust of a real Katana has long been recognized & acknowledged by the experts. The thrusting ability of the Kydex Practice Sword brings a whole new dynamic to the sparring match. It opens the door to strategies & tactics like never before.

When the Kydex Katanas are handled & used in an attitude of recreating sword combat & are treated as if they were real Katanas, they hold up well. Anything can be broken. If they are beat together, they can be broken just like a steel Katana. However the durability of Kydex is well known. With over three years of design, testing, & constant improvements by Hank & Eddie, we now feel that we have a practice weapon acceptable to any serious martial artist.

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