As some of you might have heard already there have been changes made to the Society Rapier Rules regarding blade inspections and legality. This change effects the MK rapier rules effective immediately, with the MK specific rules regarding thrusting tips for Heavy Rapiers still in effect.
Updates - Feb 2012:
Weapons and Parrying Devices
Section 2. Blades
- A. In order to be acceptable for use in rapier combat, it must meet certain criteria. If a blade does not meet the criteria established below, it may not be used for any form of rapier combat in the Society, unless it is first approved by the Deputy Society Marshal for Rapier Combat and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If a blade meets the criteria below, it is considered acceptable for use by default unless specifically banned. A list of approved exceptions and banned blades may be found at: http://sca.org/officers/marshal/docs/rapier/bladetypes.pdf.
- i. For light rapier: Foil, epee, double-wide epee, and musketeer blades from established commercial manufacturers are acceptable for use.
- ii. For heavy rapier, and cut and thrust rapier:
- a. Blades must be made of steel
- b. Blades must be no longer than 48" as measured from the tip to the top of the tang (i.e. where the tang and forte meet)
- c. Blades must be reasonably flexible. Heavy rapier blades must flex at least 1 inch (25 mm) when tested per the procedures in the Appendix, section 1.B. Dagger blades (those under 18 inches), and cut and thrust blades must flex at least 1/2 inch (12.5 mm). Any blade 18 inches or longer, being used in melee combat, must flex at least 1 inch (25 mm).
- Part B. Continues as before
- Based on test data, this will effect very few of the blades currently in use, but allow additional blades to be used.
Update to Appendix 1BThe only change is doubling the weights and the distances to be measured, to make it a little easier to determine acceptable flexibility.
- B. BLADE FLEXIBILITY TESTING
- To determine if a weapon meets the standard of being "reasonably flexible": Hold weapon parallel to the ground, supporting the handle against table or bench if necessary. Hang a 6-ounce weight (170 grams) one inch (25 mm) distance from the tip. If the blade of a dagger (out to 18 inches blade length) flexes at least 1/2 inch (12.5 mm) the blade is reasonably flexible. For a heavy rapier blade (18" or longer), the blade must flex at least 1 inch (25 mm). For use in cut and thrust rapier, the blade must flex at least 1/2 inch (12.5 mm). Any blade 18 inches or longer, being used in melee combat, must flex at least 1 inch (25 mm).
Replacement of Appendix 5 – Permitted and Restricted Blade TypesThe purpose of this list is to serve as an appendix to the Rapier Combat Handbook indicating blade types that are specifically allowed or forbidden.
Section 2 of the Rapier Combat Handbook lists criteria under which a blade may be used in Society rapier combat without further review. This appendix lists blade types that have been reviewed by the Society Rapier Marshal's office, and either found to be acceptable for use in the Society, or that may not be used in the Society. Note that while individual Kingdom rules may not allow a blade that is not specifically approved by the Society, Kingdoms may restrict the use of certain types of blades that have been approved by Society. Consult the rules for your Kingdom to determine if a particular blade is approved for use.
Any blade listed here must still pass the flexibility testing described in section 1.B of the appendix to the Rapier Combat Handbook.
Acceptable BladesThe blade types below have been reviewed and deemed acceptable for use by the Society Rapier Marshal's office:
|Commercially manufactured fiberglass or plastic foil blades||These blades are often used in youth rapier||Youth Rapier||Jan 2012|
|Fiberglass constructed blades||Home-made blade simulations made from fiberglass rods. These types of blades were constructed before the wide availability of metal heavy rapier blades and are still used in some parts of the Society due to restrictions imposed by modern law.||Heavy Rapier||Jan 2012|
Unacceptable BladesThe blade types below have been reviewed may not be used in any Society rapier activities:
The above supersedes the Rapier Combat Handbook, Appendix 5
|Bud K blades, all types||Jan 2012|
|Saber blades||Saber blades used in modern (olympic) fencing||Jan 2012|
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