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    Thanks a lot, it looks great!

    Thanks a lot, it looks great!
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    Thanks for the details Eric! Can you post a full...

    Thanks for the details Eric! Can you post a full length picture? Darkwood just shows the hilt on their site.
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    Hey Eric, thanks for your reply! Could you tell...

    Hey Eric, thanks for your reply! Could you tell me a little more about them? What's their blade length and center of balance? How stiff is the blade for thrusts? Do they have a rounded or button tip?
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    Darkwood Armory Destreza Training Sword

    I know that Darkwood generally does great work, but does anyone have first-hand experience with this sword? It looks like a great deal for people wanting to practice destreza or sidesword.
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    I don't know of any East Bay groups that do...

    I don't know of any East Bay groups that do anything historically minded. Last time I checked there was something on the Peninsula, but they only did waster combat for their longsword, which makes no...
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    Hi E.T. I'm still in Union City. You mention what...

    Hi E.T. I'm still in Union City. You mention what weapons you train with, but what styles of longsword and rapier?
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    Hey, still looking for a partner? I'm in Union...

    Hey, still looking for a partner? I'm in Union City.

    I've done some work with Ringeck, but I'm a bit out of practice.
  8. Thread: Bay Area WMA

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    Bay Area WMA

    I've found a few Italianate WMA schools in the SF Bay Area, but does anyone around here practice German-style WMA?

    Also, anyone practice classic pugilism/BKB?
  9. Thread: Atrim for sale

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    Pending sale ...

    Pending sale ...
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    Bump!

    Bump!
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    Sorry for the delay. Yes, I've done a little...

    Sorry for the delay. Yes, I've done a little cutting with it, there's no edge damage of any kind. Hilt length is 7" from the bottom of the cross to the top of the pommel, though the pommel itself...
  12. Thread: Atrim for sale

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    Atrim for sale

    I have an old Atrim for sale, it's his "15th century longsword" from when he was retailing them through Albion.

    Here are the stats:
    Overall length: 46"
    Blade: 36.5"
    POB: 5.5" from the cross...
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    University of Michigan has years 1897-1920 of...

    University of Michigan has years 1897-1920 of that journal in it's special collections. I'd suggest contacting a U of M librarian and see if they can make a copy for you.
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    I'm with Ars Gladii, and for a while we were...

    I'm with Ars Gladii, and for a while we were ending the majority of our plays in armed grappling. However, when we made some adjustments to our footwork, we didn't end up in close distance as...
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    I was poking through the pdfs of manuals I have...

    I was poking through the pdfs of manuals I have and I saw that Alfieri's text begins with some mythological allusions. He wrote: The transcription is mine, and I'm sure some things are wrong. I...
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    Haven't been to the British Museum...

    Haven't been to the British Museum (unfortunately), but the Wallace Collection is great. It's a little small, I went through it in a few hours.
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    I have Smythe's Instructions and Observations. ...

    I have Smythe's Instructions and Observations. He prefers the phrase "Arts militarie" or "art and science militarie". Only rarely does he use the word "martial", and I couldn't find any reference...
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    It's not just a matter of movies or hitting...

    It's not just a matter of movies or hitting what's nearest. When I first started my training, I knew I wasn't supposed to swing at my opponent's sword, we had just finished talking about that. ...
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    Talhoffer's 1459 Thott codex has a few plates on...

    Talhoffer's 1459 Thott codex has a few plates on the subject.
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    I disagree, Talhoffer's dagger and unarmed are...

    I disagree, Talhoffer's dagger and unarmed are quite good once you get the hang of unarmed combat and dagger combat. The pollaxe isn't too hard either.

    His swordwork is a completely different...
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    The 1459 Talhoffer has sword vs. spear, sword vs....

    The 1459 Talhoffer has sword vs. spear, sword vs. halberd and sword vs. warhammer.

    Gladitoria has sword vs. spear, one plate of dagger vs. sword, unarmed vs. sword.

    Silver includes a little...
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    Re: Loved the paper as well!

    A&A did one as a custom piece.
    http://www.armor.com/custom928.html
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    Here's the Roman mace from the Louvre. The...

    Here's the Roman mace from the Louvre. The caption didn't specify a more specific date.
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    What's wrong with the maces? When I was at the...

    What's wrong with the maces? When I was at the Louvre last month, I saw an ancient Roman bronze mace.
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    Placing the thumb on the flat gives an excellent...

    Placing the thumb on the flat gives an excellent feel for where the blade is moving. For us, it's never been an issue, even in freeplay.
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