Difference between revisions of "Real weapons in the SCA"

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Always make sure:
 
Always make sure:
 
* Real weapons (knives, swords, etc.) are '''not''' be drawn at an [[SCA]] [[event]].
 
* Real weapons (knives, swords, etc.) are '''not''' be drawn at an [[SCA]] [[event]].
* Fighting with live steel is '''not permitted at SCA events'''. If you want to do this, join a [[re-enactment]] group. Also note we are not talking about authorised [[rapier]] fighting with approved ''practice'' [[weapon]]ry.
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* Fighting with live steel is '''not permitted at SCA events'''. If you want to do this, a number of [[re-enactment]] and other groups have this as a focus. Also note we are not talking about authorised [[rapier]] fighting with approved ''practice'' [[weapon]]ry.
 
* Follow your local [[mundane]] laws with regards to carrying weapons. This may require you to have the weapons in a secure bag or container when not at an event.
 
* Follow your local [[mundane]] laws with regards to carrying weapons. This may require you to have the weapons in a secure bag or container when not at an event.
* Be responsible and do not touch other people's weapons without permission, be they real or SCA weapons.
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* Be responsible and do not touch other people's weapons without permission, be they real or SCA weapons. If you are given permission to handle someone's weapon, be aware that the oils on your fingers can cause damage to a metal blade, and hold the weapon only by the hilt (unless the owner instructs you otherwise).
   
 
The only exceptions to the first rule are:
 
The only exceptions to the first rule are:
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#Displaying the [[blade]] ("[[clear|Clear!]]" must be called before doing this to let surrounding people know what you're doing)
 
#Displaying the [[blade]] ("[[clear|Clear!]]" must be called before doing this to let surrounding people know what you're doing)
   
Many 'real' swords owned by [[SCAdian]]s are more decorative than functional. These types of "[[weapons]]" are sometimes referred to as [[sword like objects]] or SLO's.
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Many 'real' swords owned by [[SCAdian]]s are more decorative than functional. These types of "[[weapons]]" are sometimes referred to as [[sword like objects]] or SLO's and are generally owned by those using swords as a costume accessory, as an unsharpened sword is much safer and more practical for this purpose.
   
There is an increased interest amongst weapon enthusiasts in many areas to determine the actual capabilities of weapons. As such [[test cutting]] of weapons has increased in the last decade. Some of this increase has been due to an unfortunate attitude of "really, who needs a sharpened sword when it isn't being used for anything more than a decoration - it is much safer and more practical if it is not sharp" has led to erroneous claims of the damage delivered by weapons to both organic and inorganic targets.
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At the same time, there are some true weapons enthusiasts in the SCA and other groups, with an interest in determining the actual capabilities of weapons. As such [[test cutting]] of weapons has increased in the last decade. These tests are aimed at assessing claims of the types and amounts of damage that can be delivered by weapons to both organic and inorganic targets.
   
   

Revision as of 23:49, 1 August 2006

Always make sure:

  • Real weapons (knives, swords, etc.) are not be drawn at an SCA event.
  • Fighting with live steel is not permitted at SCA events. If you want to do this, a number of re-enactment and other groups have this as a focus. Also note we are not talking about authorised rapier fighting with approved practice weaponry.
  • Follow your local mundane laws with regards to carrying weapons. This may require you to have the weapons in a secure bag or container when not at an event.
  • Be responsible and do not touch other people's weapons without permission, be they real or SCA weapons. If you are given permission to handle someone's weapon, be aware that the oils on your fingers can cause damage to a metal blade, and hold the weapon only by the hilt (unless the owner instructs you otherwise).

The only exceptions to the first rule are:

  1. In honour of the crown
  2. Displaying the blade ("Clear!" must be called before doing this to let surrounding people know what you're doing)

Many 'real' swords owned by SCAdians are more decorative than functional. These types of "weapons" are sometimes referred to as sword like objects or SLO's and are generally owned by those using swords as a costume accessory, as an unsharpened sword is much safer and more practical for this purpose.

At the same time, there are some true weapons enthusiasts in the SCA and other groups, with an interest in determining the actual capabilities of weapons. As such test cutting of weapons has increased in the last decade. These tests are aimed at assessing claims of the types and amounts of damage that can be delivered by weapons to both organic and inorganic targets.