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Cold Steel buckler (!)

Postby Thearos » 12 May 2012 21:16

Cold Steel now make a plastic buckler. Retails in the UK for 30 pounds, which is expensive. On the plus side, it is lighter than the GDFB steel numbers. Has anyone tried the CS product ?
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Re: Cold Steel buckler (!)

Postby fullplate » 12 May 2012 21:41

Just ordered one today, only been in stock for a day or two.
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Postby Phil C » 13 May 2012 01:10

I plan to get one or two as they will be useful bowler hat simulators for use in cane defence.
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Re: Cold Steel buckler (!)

Postby Thearos » 13 May 2012 15:53

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Postby Phil C » 13 May 2012 16:24

I also prefer to use like-with-like- so these will be good to use with plastic wasters/knives/canes/truncheons &c

There's a review here-
http://hemaalliance.com/discussion/view ... f=4&t=1929
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Re: Cold Steel buckler (!)

Postby Thearos » 14 May 2012 00:16

Still pricey at 36 pounds; I like the look of the grip.
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Postby Thearos » 14 May 2012 09:40

Time for a Knight shop version ?
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Postby the_last_alive » 14 May 2012 10:51

One of the links on the hemaalliance thread linked above has it at $26ish.
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Re: Cold Steel buckler (!)

Postby Cutlery Penguin » 26 May 2012 19:19

Played with one of these last week. Initial feelings are all positive. The handle feels a bit odd when just holding it, but when sparring it felt just fine.
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Postby admin » 26 May 2012 19:55

I must confess that I don't really understand the point of these. If there were very cheap, like £5, then I would. But you can get a real buckler, which is just as safe to use with any weapons simulator from plastic to steel, for the same price. The only possible advantage of them that I can see is that for club equipment they may be lighter to carry around.
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Re: Cold Steel buckler (!)

Postby Cutlery Penguin » 27 May 2012 00:38

The main advantage I can see is that they aren't so hard on nylon swords.
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Re: Cold Steel buckler (!)

Postby fullplate » 27 May 2012 13:01

yep, should be a lot kinder to nylon swords. no worry with rust, burrs etc either. The cost doesn't seem extortionate compared to steel bucklers, best ones I have seen are in the 40-60 pounds area. My fluted Talhoffer styled one was considerably dearer and is only marginal for sparing use(no rolled edge).
I'm more than happy with mine, it will be too soft for much use against steel blades, but ideal against nylon or wooden waters. As for the weight, its about the same as a steel item.
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Postby Phil C » 27 May 2012 14:05

They are also considerably less deafening when struck indoors! I wrap my grips in paracord which makes them more comfy too.
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Re: Cold Steel buckler (!)

Postby fullplate » 27 May 2012 17:51

Hi Phil
you have those big old paws though, mine are a bit smaller so the grip is almost perfect for me. I may reshape it a bit after some use. Fortunately the material works easily with basic tools.
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Re: Cold Steel buckler (!)

Postby Paul B » 03 Apr 2013 18:08

Any more opinion on this?

I have a guy lined up who could make fibreglass bucklers with interchangeable metal handles and in an infinite range of colours. Would be around the £25 mark.
Also options for internal steel reinforcing so stronger but still kind on the nylons.

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