The Truth of the Blood Groove

April 1, 2022

Thought you had the whole scoop on the blood groove? You thought wrong!

Punches Hit Harder Than Cuts?

March 7, 2022

A punch is more likely to knock your pell over than a sword strike? That sounds crazy, but it’s true.

Is A Sword With A Set Safer?

November 1, 2021

Ok, that is a loaded headline that is going to get some attention. But before we start, what is a “set” in relation to swords? […]

Will It Zwerch? Landmarking in Video Analysis

September 23, 2021

Lots of people look at fencing. Lots of people watch videos. What are you actually “looking” at when breaking down someone’s motion?

An Alternative Method for MoI Determination

March 30, 2021

I’ve harped about Moment of Inertia in multiple articles. Now I try a new experimental method for figuring it out.

“Safe Sword” is made up words

January 20, 2021

We frequently talk about how to make swords “safe”. Unfortunately unless you can come up with a definition which satisfies a few specific criteria, the word “safe” doesn’t have a lot of meaning.

Two Phases Of a Cut – Surface vs Steady State

January 6, 2021

From a blade resistance point of view, cutting actually has two distinct phases: the internal and external.

Difficulties with SCA Flex Test and Buckling Test for Measuring Blade Stiffness

December 22, 2020

Two of the most popular ways to quantify blade stiffness are the SCA Flex Test and the Buckling Test. Unfortunately they both have issues, but we’re suffering for lack of better solutions.

Vector Transformations and the “Wedge”

November 25, 2020

Vectors are used to describe just about everything in life. And all it takes to win a sword fight is to transform all your opponent’s vectors into ones that can’t hurt you. Piece of cake!

Why n00bs Fling the Sword: A Multi-Part Analysis of Rapier Thrusting Mechanics (Part 2)

September 23, 2020

In Part1 we discussed what flinging is, why n00bs fling, and why flinging is a poor tactic. But how can we not fling? Before we can start, we need to understand motor redundancy.