Cutting and Thrusting

In cutting your hands should go in a straight line to the position they hold when your sword impacts the target properly. This will deliver the fastest blow with the most protection along the way.

In thrusting your sword tip should go in a straight line to the target. This will necessitate the hands moving in arcs to allow the tip to move straight.

Cutting Thrusts or Thusting Cuts?

First, imagine a sword turning about a point at the cross. The radius of the circle the tip of the sword makes is the distance from the cross to the tip.

Now imagine grasping the sword at that spot but swing the sword with the arm. The whole shoulder gets involved and the radius of the arc that the tip describes is the distance from the shoulder (i.e. point of rotation) to the tip. This can change depending on how you hold the sword. It can also change to an arc that cannot be described by a radius if the relationship between the sword and the shoulder is changing throughout the motion. (the true reality of the case)

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Thrusting with the Edge

Lets take a quick look at a thrust. With regard to the sword, the tip enters the flesh typically at the point itself. If the thrust is completely linear, then the hole widens by the cutting action of the edge at the tip of the sword. If the sword is not held such that it can enter the wound in a linear fashion, then it cuts further as more edge is given access to flesh to cut. so even if the point fails to make a purchase in the flesh, a cutting edge may be applied to flesh via the thrusting action of the edge. In fact, one could thrust at a larger angle so that as the blade tip hits or misses, the edge is to follow a larger path. Also by thrusting with this larger angle, it gives a swordsman better control of the angulation one can do as an opponent attempts to parry.

First Time- be gentle

So this is my first blog. Not sure what it should be about, but I need to write something to be the first. It should be astounding, riveting, a marked departure form the drivel I post on facebook. It should have a picture

So how about this:

St. Michael, like St. George, if often depicted slaying a dragon. This version has a number of features that I particularly like.  He is wearing a Corrazina, a late 14th early 15th century coat of plates. It is over a mail shirt or at least voiders. He has a standard on his neck that indicates that the armor is more probably early 15th C. I particularly like the decoration on the corrazina and the hip belt. I wish he had a scabbard by his side.

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