Just a moment of writer bliss…

Posted: November 14th, 2023 under Life beyond writing, Research.
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Clearly I need a stronger core, stronger arm, a lot more practice, and above all something other than what I’m wearing, but the sun came out after all the clouds and rain, and I have a new blade.  And as the middle picture shows by the way the light hits it, one impressive edge.


  • Comment by Gareth — November 15, 2023 @ 5:13 am


    Wow – hadn’t realized just how long that sword was from pervious posts. Certainly would do serious damage – how much does it weigh?

  • Comment by Jonathan Schor — November 15, 2023 @ 6:47 am


    Lookin Good.

  • Comment by Daniel Glover — November 15, 2023 @ 8:05 am


    Seeing you in this light with it got me to wondering if your “research” with it could involve brush clearing along your trail verges?

  • Comment by Annabel Smyth — November 15, 2023 @ 9:13 am


    Looking good!

  • Comment by elizabeth — November 15, 2023 @ 9:50 am


    Gareth, I don’t know the exact weight of mine because I don’t have a digital scale that I can fit the sword on (only one designed for cooking.) From Easton Antique Arms, apparently just under a kilogram, 900-950 grams, between 2 and 2.5 pounds. It feels heavier than my rapiers because it carries more weight toward the tip with its wider, slightly flared toward the tip blade. Gives it better cutting performance. My rapiers have more of their weight in the hilt.

    Jonathan–Thanks. It’s definitely a handsome blade.

    Daniel–I prefer a shorter blade or lopping shears for clearing brush, or a good machete. This might do, but I’d risk nicking the blade on rocks or something embedded in a tree, so I’d rather use a utility tool to start with.

    Annabel–when I get stronger in both core and arms, should look even better. I hope, though looks aren’t the main goal of this.

  • Comment by Jazzlet — November 15, 2023 @ 11:56 am


    I can see how that length would be useful fighting on horse, but I guess it would take a lot of practise to use one safely – for you and for your horse. It does look jolly fine.

  • Comment by elizabeth — November 15, 2023 @ 12:52 pm


    Oh, yes. Practice on foot for me, to start with, until I’m absolutely able to control the saber with either hand. Right now that’s trying to do the simplest of moves while standing straight…not swaying, not leaning (still not there yet!) Core, shoulder, forearm. Then same thing while walking. And so on

  • Comment by William — November 15, 2023 @ 6:49 pm


    Looks good. I hope your further “research” goes well.

    Perhaps your purchase of the saber is somewhat like when a friend bought poodles a few years ago, in that it may provide you motivation to get some exercise of a different sort than what you’ve had recently, to strengthen your arms and core. That research will provide you more of an idea about the complaints that soldiers equipped with such sabers might make. “Lessons with a sword master? Obviously deductible research expense!” 😉

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