For the Darkwood, it weighs 1lb 6oz with a CoB at 4 ½ inches
The Hutton – 1lb 8oz CoB 5 ½ inches
The Hutton w/ replacement hilt – 1lb 11oz CoB 4 ¾ inches
The Austrian - 2lb4oz CoB 7 Inches
admin wrote:Thanks for that John. How much broader would you make the blade and still expect it to be reasonably safe to hit people with? (without having to pull the blows too much)
Well that is the question, and the reason I rarely swing the CS at people with much force at all… Personally I will aim to train at the full weight and expect control. I know this is just not a reality for a tournament situation with people seeing red so this is the main question. ½ inch is easy I don’t think we will have much issue on that, I would say ¾ should also be no issue. I would like to get over 1 inch but I think I’ll need to get hit a bit by those before I recommend going at that width. Someone at the Salle’ is going to have fun.
Going through the hits I have taken…and I’m not remembering many, is that good?
Hanwei Basket-Hilt* in the leg that left a bruise for three weeks, this was only with the force created after a parry (parried and he bounced it). It didn’t hurt that much at impact but the bruise was pretty. Not sure a full force to the arm will be appreciated, I’ll find out…sooner or later.
Hutton - things are too short to hit me with! I can’t say I have taken a full force…I’ll find out.
Hanwei Side Sword – I remember a ¾ force to the shoulder I shrugged off this was not on the gorget. Also one to the arm, shrugged off.
Problem on all those are thrusts, things be too pointy.
The Darkwood side swords are no issues for cut or thrust but I don’t think they are more than ½-3/4 at the point.
I’ll do some research and let you know.
*Hanwei’s Basket-Hilt – 2lb CoB 5 inch @3/4inch wide at tip