In a message dated 01/08/03 16:18:14 GMT Daylight Time, gedney1@...
> For Rapier:
> The weapon, often including quillons and a long blade, which are quite
> effective levers, and knuckle bows and guards, which can prevent the hand
> from escaping the applied leverage, can cause enormous damage if one falls
> improperly on it. Not to mention the possibility of such a fall causing
> breakage and transfixion by blade or quillons. Judo while carrying a rapier
> makes me plain nervous.
And is also bloody agony to fall on - last year I had to take a fall
(something to dow tih being hit by five guys at once!), and went ribs first onto my
(steel) rapier, with the end result that I pushed several of my ribs in. That
wa pretty painful for about a month, and kept me out of the fighting for a
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