[CAM] OT: Swords and what you like to do with them

Tori Campenni toricampenni79 at hotmail.com
Fri Sep 26 12:40:38 CDT 2008


I only just had time-at work-to go thru these.  I was recently contacted by an old friend of mine and Valerious's from highschool.  He has a sword he bought at a ren fair and he is wondering if there is anyone he could hire to make a metal tip to go on his scabbard so it doesn't get too beat up when he wears it.  Any suggestions?

Thanks, Tori

> Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2008 08:27:04 -0500
> From: knappenp at jiffyscript.com
> To: cam at minstrel.com
> Subject: Re: [CAM] OT: Swords and what you like to do with them
> 1. I have swords.
> 2. A mix of materials, really. Some are cheap spring steel, some are 
> damascus (or claim to be), some are high-carbon, some are plain old steel.
> 3. I used to display these swords (and axes, and bows, and whatnot) on the 
> wall over my bed, then on the wall over the couch, and then they got 
> retired. Now they live in the garage, in a water-proof bag, someday to 
> come out and be displayed again.
> 4/5. I don't cut anything with them. I sometimes wear some of them - I 
> used to wear my claymore at the Ren Faire, and also wore my Arms and Armor 
> custom rapier and my Omega Artworks custom rapier/dagger set. And I have 
> one in particular so that someday I can play cut-and-thrust with Toshi and 
> his group.
> -Abelard
> On Wed, 17 Sep 2008, Seng Hang wrote:
> > So I'm curious how much room there is in the SCA or at least within the
> > populace of the SCA for sharp swords.  Just a few random questions regarding
> > swords if you'll humor me for a bit... this is primarily for my own personal
> > curiosity.
> >
> > 1. How many people in the populace have swords? As in, do you own swords?
> >
> > 2. What are these swords made of (ie stainless steel, high carbon steel, an
> > old truck leaf spring -really!) ?
> >
> > 3. What do you do with these swords (ie hang them and leave them, wear them
> > for events, play with them occasionally, cut with them etc)?
> >
> > 4. If you do cut with them, what do you cut?  Brush, saplings, bamboo,
> > tatami etc?
> >
> > 5. If you do not cut, would you like to cut with them?
> >
> > I'll go first in answering my own questions.
> >
> > 1. I do own swords (3 currently and 1 tanto)
> >
> > 2. Two of the swords as well as the tanto are made of low grade steel
> > (machine stamped).  One of the swords is made of high carbon steel and is
> > hand forged.
> >
> > 3. The swords that are made of low grade steel mostly sit on the wall.
> > They're pretty and they're just for looks.  Occasionally I take them down to
> > play with them but they're mostly wall hangers.  I do cut with the hand
> > forged one.
> >
> > 4. I cut plastic soda, water and milk bottles filled with water (all are
> > recycled afterwards) and tatami omote (green reed mats) when I can afford
> > it.
> >
> > 5. I do cut however I'd like the chance to cut more often with them,
> > especially tatami omote since it is a truer test of technique than just
> > plastic bottles.
> >
> >
> > The reason I ask all of this is aside from personal curiosity, I'm also
> > interested in perhaps getting together with other people who share my
> > interests in the sword arts and enjoying the act of tameshigiri (test
> > cutting with swords) so as to further improve our sword techniques.  If
> > there is enough interest I'd be willing to arrange the occasional get
> > together and if people are willing to help with the cost of the tatami omote
> > so we can all feel what it is like to cut through something more substantial
> > than water bottles and bushes.
> >
> > Just a note - for those of you who fight heavy weapons, this might be a good
> > chance for you to see if your shots would truly cut if they landed.  Ever
> > wanted to see what would happen if you land a wrap with a real sword?  What
> > about an off-side cut?  This may be a good learning opportunity in technique
> > too.  I don't know enough about rapier fighting to make such a shameless
> > attempt at wooing rapier fighters.  I'll leave that up to your own
> > imagination.
> >
> > Thank you for your indulgence.
> >
> > Yoshimoto
> >
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