Test “Cutting” With a Blunt Sword

I spent a few minutes test “cutting” with my rapier today. Nothing but wrist and elbow cuts, the shoulder and body were not used at all in these actions.

Short Blade

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Long Blade

If you look closely in the first picture you can see the cuts from the short blade along the back edge. With the long blade I find that he cuts feel better when they come in high, near the 6’ mark, while the short blade wants to cut closer to shoulder level.

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This was done with a perfectly blunt Darkwood bated rapier blade, the same model that countless people use for SCA and AE use for fencing. So tell me again how rapiers can’t cut.

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One Response to Test “Cutting” With a Blunt Sword

  1. Wiskadjak says:

    I am now very happy that I bought a well padded gambeson before getting into cut & thrust fencing.

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