90786Re: When BatLeths Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Have BatLeths
- Jun 1, 2006----- Original Message ----
From: Ronn!Blankenship <ronn_blankenship@...>
At 09:04 PM Tuesday 5/30/2006, Julia Thompson wrote:
>David Hobby wrote:]How would you rate your chances with a regular sword versus someone
>>Julia Thompson wrote:
>>>David Hobby wrote:
>>>>>>"BatLeth" meant nothing to me, and it's not clear the thing is a
>>>>>>very useful weapon.
>>>>Let me elaborate: The thing is big and clumsy, but doesn't even
>>>>have any reach to make up for that. It's probably a bit better
>>>>than a quarterstaff, though, since it does have sharp parts.
>>>If you hold it right (and CAN hold it right, it takes practice!),
>>>you can get a little reach out of it. I could hurt someone at 3'
>>>easily enough IF I were in good practice with it. Which I'm not,
>>>and which is very low on my priority list at the moment. (I think
>>>it's lower on my list than firespinning, which is fairly low.)
>>Sure, 3 feet (90 cm) I believe. But how much does
>>it weigh? If I just had a normal 3 foot sword, I'd
>>be faster, and speed does matter...
>>Considering wearing a metal gauntlet, so I can grab
>>one (sharp) end, and increase the reach.
>Oh, it's pretty darned heavy, even made out of aircraft aluminum.
>I could do a lot better just picking up a sword at random than
>picking it up. But I could inflict some pretty serious pain from
>about a foot closer than my farthest sword distance IF I were in practice. IF.
]with a batleth who was in practice with it? Or, IOW, is a batleth in
]the right hands likely to be superior or inferior to a garden-variety
]pig-sticker which may be easier to obtain and learn to use?
A skilled fighter using a crappy weapon vs. a novice using a good one
would probably win, assuming the differences between their weapons
was not too great. (A revolver, for example, is too good a weapon for
the skilled fighter to reliably overcome). This assumes some kind of
one-on-one combat, however. If this is some kind of mass battle,
much of one's survival depends on not being in the wrong place at
the wrong time. The batleth is close enough, being in the same class
of weapons, that a big difference in skill would be the deciding factor.
I'd like to add some more to David's analysis:
First, we have to assume that the sword and batleth are constructed
of similar material and are sharpened to equivalent edges and points.
The biggest difference is that sword has a single handle at one end,
with its point at the other, and an edge along some or all of the blade,
and some kind of guard to protect the user's hand from other blade
weapons sliding along the sword to its hilt. It is a one-handed weapon,
unless you get a really long and/or heavy sword, at which point it requires
two hands to be effective.
The batleth has 3 handles on one side of the weapon, in the center and
about 1/3 the length to either side of center. It has 2 points on either end,
and an edge between/around the points. It is a two-handed.
The sword can reach farther (all of its length is used to add to its users
reach) with its point and edge than the batleth can, and be more
comfortable to the user while doing so. Also, having the off-hand free
means that he user can hold a shield or knife for defense (the knife
should have a hand-guard and can parry thrusted blades) or
another sword if he wants to be particularly flashy, but that requires
considerable training to be effective.
The Batleth cannot reach very far (slightly farther than a big knife) when
used two-handed, and seems a bit awkward to be used one-handed.
But it can defend well against some attacks, as the blade is curved
and the user can use both arms and even set his entire body to resist the force
of a swung attack. Against thrusting attacks, it is less useful, as it has to engage
the thrust blade early enough to parry. The curved, double points can be used
to catch other weapons or even polearms, however, and then twisted in such a
way to to possibly break and/or bend light-weight weapons. In close combat,
this weapon has some potential that swords lack, but at that point it has to be
compared to knives, which are much smaller and lighter.
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