As my constant ravings here suggest myself and the Glasgow Duellists have been constantly striving for authenticity of technique and intensity, where possible, in our research of German Longsword. Well the discussion on weapon simulators has taken a turn on the issue of technique. Currently we use re-enactment weapons that have 3mm edge to ensure that you can't accidentially cut. However this makes the weapon heavy and makes control more difficult. Also the handling characteristics are affected badly. So there is a thought to move away from re-enactment to unsharpen standard blades. Now the cut risk is much higher however we could counter this with cut resistant clothing. This strategy would also coincide with a new training level within the club called advanced freeplay where fighters would be trained to fight safely with this new generation of weapon. So only those that have achieved this level of training would be authorised to fight semi-sharp. What are our fellow HEMA exponents views on this. The Bear.