FW: [SCA Newcomers] Where to purchase rapier?
- When I asked my guy for suggestions, he sent me this:
There are multiple issues here.
First, is one blade better than another?
Second, is there a perceived difference?
As to the first, it is not the blade but the guard that really makes a
difference between the Zen and the Darkwood bated rapier.
The Zen blade is shorter and the company makes up the difference by placing
their guard behind the fort of the blade by two inches. That upsets the
balance vibration point and "agility" and all kinds of other things that
demand a much longer document.
As for SCA use, they both flex and they both have a semi triangular
cross-section that can be used to push an opponent's blade out of your
presence. The Darkwood bated is more tapered than the Zen but I doubt that
the instructor has mentioned that as the reason.
The second and more important factor is the perception associated with the
If you purchase something that your son's instructor said is "not good" then
you have dashed your son's hopes of ever becoming the best fencer ever and
proven that you don't love him. Or something to that effect. This is
probably the most important of any of the factors involved.
Personally, I moved away from Zen blades because of the guards.
I like what they look like, but the difference in balance is noticeable.
I have seen people adjust the guards and then they have to add two inches to
the handle so that they can screw the pommel on. Their blade is now
slightly smaller and they have to deal with a long handle.
We recently tried a cheap (about $120) Hanwei practice blade that came with
a cheap guard.
I found it too flexible but my lady likes the idea of the very soft touch it
The balance is useable and the cross section comparable.
Will it pass with the instructor? I cannot say.
CISH1098 Cas Iberia Hanwei Practical Rapier 43"" Blade $114.95
At this point, I rely on my Darkwoods and I feel that the money was well
I would like to say that the investment will last a lifetime, but I cannot.
All of these are being flexed as part of regular use and will eventually
pass their elasticity threshold (or something else that sounds cool and
means that they will break).
I hope that helped and was not just "more confusion."
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Greetings to all.
My son started fencing lessons about a year ago, then about six months
ago met someone who teaches rapier. It has been his passion ever
since. In exchange for attending a summer math acadamy, we agreed to
buy him a rapier. Now the time has come to pay the piper. He is set
on a sword from Darkwood Armoury as recommended by his instructor, but
I am hoping someone can give me good reasons to start with a less
His aunt is making him a shirt that should meet SCA combat
specifications. Any other suggestions for the newbie fencer will be
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