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by kg6cig
Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:30 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Period Chinese Armor
Replies: 35
Views: 46210

Re: Period Chinese Armor

David- You said you made some samples; have you tried any cutting or thrusting techniques on them? A note: I don't do "test cutting". Our school does not practice it because, in virtually every instance one can see, the desire for a clean cut overrides the importance of an accurate cut. In german sw...
by kg6cig
Sat Apr 02, 2011 11:53 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Period Chinese Armor
Replies: 35
Views: 46210

Re: Period Chinese Armor

... There are no Chinese half-swording techniques that I am aware of... I wrote that above, but I might have been mistaken, depending on how you define "half-swording techniques." And I should start by admitting I know very little about the proper nomenclature of European swordsmanship & have littl...
by kg6cig
Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:09 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Ming dynasty weapon reproductions
Replies: 15
Views: 19314

Re: Ming dynasty weapon reproductions

The short answer, we is there aren't many, really just a hand full of Ming jian , around that we can examine. So most assumptions are made by examining art work. With that caveat, it appears that there is no significant different between Ming & Qing era jian so far as blade length, weight, or balan...
by kg6cig
Sat Dec 25, 2010 11:27 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Period Chinese Armor
Replies: 35
Views: 46210

Re: Period Chinese Armor

That's very helpful, Scott. Western brig is similar. Any ideas on how thick the cloth is? I don't think it will matter, but it's probably still best to be accurate. I will probably just use speed rivets to hold it together, unless we end up with a high failure rate on the rivets. I think the advanta...
by kg6cig
Sat Dec 11, 2010 12:19 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Period Chinese Armor
Replies: 35
Views: 46210

Re: Period Chinese Armor

Honestly, I don't know, I'd like to test a piece of quality reproduction armor, but don;t have any... Do you know enough about the construction to recreate, say, 10"x10x swatch? That would at least give a starting point. It looks like hexagonal pieces riveted closely together. I don't know about ov...
by kg6cig
Sat Dec 11, 2010 10:58 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Dynasty forge Chinese swords
Replies: 4
Views: 8208

Re: Dynasty forge Chinese swords

I know very little about Japanese and Chinese period swords. I do, however, know a fairish bit about medieval European swords. When I went to look at their site, I noted that they had European swords, and took a look. So, please remember that my comments are about those swords only. They claim Oakes...
by kg6cig
Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:06 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Period Chinese Armor
Replies: 35
Views: 46210

Re: Period Chinese Armor

I think it's important to remember how a little armor can be effective protection against a sword. Boiled leather can pretty effectively stop a sword blow. Like mail, it's somewhat vulnerable to thrusts. I suspect that the brigandine you showed would protect against any cut that could be delivered. ...
by kg6cig
Sat Nov 20, 2010 2:27 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Ming dynasty weapon reproductions
Replies: 15
Views: 19314

Re: Ming dynasty weapon reproductions

Well the image of the big clunking knight who was like a turtle on his back is simply an anachronism. The weight of a full set of plate armour for the battlefield was roughly equivilent to the weight carried by modern soldiers into battle, plus it was evenly distributed across the whole body. Absol...
by kg6cig
Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:50 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Ming dynasty weapon reproductions
Replies: 15
Views: 19314

Re: Ming dynasty weapon reproductions

Hey all- I noted I didn't specify this earlier- I am also wanting to know which jian out there would adequately represent the handling of a Ming jian. I don't care if it looks right- I need it to handle correctly. The design and handling characteristics could change quite a bit over a hundred-year p...
by kg6cig
Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:48 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Ming dynasty weapon reproductions
Replies: 15
Views: 19314

Re: Ming dynasty weapon reproductions

Depends on the circumstances. Generally, the guy with the shorter weapon needs to avoid the launch and get more inside, finishing there. With same sized weapons, the guy with the better technique, athletics and reflexes wins. Special problems if one fighter uses two weapons, e.g. one-handed sword a...
by kg6cig
Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:56 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Ming dynasty weapon reproductions
Replies: 15
Views: 19314

Ming dynasty weapon reproductions

Hey all- I have a question regarding Ming Dynasty weapons. I was recently watching an episode of "Deadliest Warrior"- it's a guilty pleasure- and they had a Ming warrior v. a Musketeer. Now, what's important in this is that the Ming dynasty sits astride the 15th Century- the time period from which K...
by kg6cig
Sun Aug 01, 2010 11:35 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Where to start?
Replies: 5
Views: 7132

Re: Where to start?

Linda- That's very much what I thought. I have given some thought to getting one of the short (as in, knife length)- well, I don't know what you call them, mini-jian. There are some that are letter openers, but some that have a decent length handle. So, where to start (to repeat my earliest question...
by kg6cig
Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:41 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Where to start?
Replies: 5
Views: 7132

Where to start?

Hey all- I am looking to incorporate Tai Chi into my workout routine. I'm not sure where to start, and I hope that a little information will help folx point me in the right direction. I am a student of der Kunst des Fechtens, a German Medieval martial art. I am not looking for another combat system;...
by kg6cig
Tue Jun 29, 2010 1:35 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Development of swords for chinese swordmanship
Replies: 49
Views: 41883

Re: Development of swords for chinese swordmanship

You have approached me about production details and prices, and I gave them to you. The next action of you was to not respond to that, but come up with a "suggestion" right below Lindas feedbacks on my prototypes I gave to her why she doesn't try A&A products instead (whatever the casual reader mig...
by kg6cig
Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:53 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Development of swords for chinese swordmanship
Replies: 49
Views: 41883

Re: Development of swords for chinese swordmanship

The answer is, you don't find historical "fencing feather" jian that are totally different from real weapons (thinner, flexible). These jian are taken in measures and make EXACTLY from real weapons - the only difference in those is the blunt edge. I can of course make "fencing feather" jian, flat g...