How not to hold a longsword

Discussion in 'Western Martial Arts' started by Polar Bear, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. peterc8455

    peterc8455 Valued Member

    This is why Mimes shouldn't be allowed to play with swords! :D
  2. Polar Bear

    Polar Bear Moved on

    I thought he was dressed as the Hamburgular :D

    The Bear
  3. gapjumper

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  4. emaaoz

    emaaoz Valued Member

    I have cut a water bottle with a half-swording grip. It wasn't a great cut, and waterbottles aren't the best of targets, but even so a cut happened.
  5. gapjumper

    gapjumper Intentionally left blank

    Mr O'hara! Water bottles don't hit back.

  6. Mark Lancaster

    Mark Lancaster Valued Member

    I think that modern sharps are too sharp down the entire blade - no need if you expect to be half-swording with parts of the blade you don't expect to be cutting with.
  7. Polar Bear

    Polar Bear Moved on

    TBH I don't know how sharp swords were historically. I certainly would keep my whole sword sharp. Then again, if I was though I was going to need to be half-swording, I would just bring a warhammer.

    The Bear.
  8. Stolenbjorn

    Stolenbjorn Valued Member

    Polar Bear have given me some interresting new input on longsword here; not somthing that happens wery often theese days; thanks :)

    (The pommel-thing; I allways hold the pommel, but I know that the strike-arc of the sword alters surprisingly much depending on where you put the left hand, so I allways thought that left hand on pommel, grip or blade was 3 equally viable options, depending on the situation and what you wanted the sword to be doing. The quote about better protection if you stay off the pommel was new and interresting info; thanks!)
  9. Polar Bear

    Polar Bear Moved on

    Both hands should fit comfortably on the grip. I like some space between the hands also as I find it gives me better point control.

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    As you can see from my own sword design. I have plenty of room on my grip even for my huge bear claws.

    The Bear.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012
  10. adouglasmhor

    adouglasmhor Not an Objectivist

    If I ever get a chance to use a forge again I am going to make you a nice Lochaber Axe or a Jeddart Stave. Just because.
  11. adouglasmhor

    adouglasmhor Not an Objectivist

    BTW I know the Sikh dude and the other guy in red from somewhere, but I cant remember where.

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