Originally Posted by canebrake
I have a real infinity for sword fighting. I mean the heavy, limb removing type!
I can only imagine the weight of that weapon, and not to mention the need to keep it in motion to survive!
If you would, please provide us with more info on your hobby. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say what is a live steel sword, wooden practice wasters and a buckler?
Ah.....so much neat sh*t and so little time!
Thanks for your good questions!
A "live steel" or "practical" sword is a real, functioning weapon, as opposed to a "wall hanger," or a sword that is simply meant as decoration. Only practical swords can stand up to the stresses of combat. Most European-style swords you will see for sale are not practical.
A "waster" is a wooden sword used for sparing.
A "buckler" is the small metal shield I am holding in the picture. It is an infantry man's shield, light & portable. These are often depicted in medieval manuscripts as being worn on the belt when not in use.
The sword I am holding in the picture is a classic style that would have been in common use in Europe from the 11th to the 13th centuries, and declining in popularity during the 14th. It is copied from an actual medieval sword, balances well, and weighs in at 3.5 Lbs. Very managable if you train regularly.
I do most of my training, sparring & competition fighting under the auspices of a group called the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
Not a perfect system, but it allows for full-speed, full force, & nearly full contact fighting. It's also a wonderful organization for anyone that loves history. There is a lot more to it than just the fighting.
I have several friends that I practice medeival grappeling and live steel sparring with on our own. These are a bit more dangerous than fighting with wooden swords. We have known each other for quite a while, and I trust them to do grappeling & steel sparring with me and maintain a reasonable degree of safety.
Let me know if you have any more questions!
God knows what we are to do! I am determined, for one, to go with my countrymen; "right or wrong, sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish," I am with them.
- William Barret Travis, July 30, 1835