Please continue testing and sending in results, it will remind us to
adjust the wording to deal with curved blades. And blades that
already bend under their own weight will be easy to see that they pass
On Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 10:24 AM, thltoymaker <thltoymaker@...> wrote:
> From Gerrard: Ive been collecting data when
> people and blades become available.
> I am wondering and presuming about " Certain Blades ".
> Those being the ones that already flex dramatically under their own weight !!
> While it is easy enough to clamp the hilt
> parallel to the floor the blades themselves certainly arent
> parallel to the floor even before I add the weight.
> 1) very flexible blades
> 2) curved blades
> I simply measured these at where ever the tip was
> prior to the weights. Then after adding the weights.
> If I actually placed the tip of the blade
> parallel to the floor and in line with where it
> was clamped the flex would have been HUGE !! ( 4
> - 5 inches prior to weight(s) added )
> In both instances the above blades still had 1/4
> to 5/8 inches of additional flex.
> I also tested the curved blades with the curve
> down and the curve up. No difference seen
> ( so far ... more blades to test )
> So continue as testing or ...??
> At 11:03 AM 10/24/2011, you wrote:
>>We need everyone's help with this:
>>We are looking at changing the "Approved Blades List" into simpler
>>criteria with minimum standards, with a high emphasis on the
>>flexibility of the blade.
>>To validate the plan, we need to gather as much data as possible on
>>the blades currently being used in the SCA for both Heavy Rapier and
>>Cut & Thrust, as well as blades we don't allow, but which might be
>>usable in the SCA. An online survey form has been posted here:
>>You'll need a 3-oz weight and a 6-oz weight to do the survey. It
>>closes on November 7th.
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