it was a lot of fun.Bobby wrote:Always wanted to play with a Gladius and a Longsword,wouldn`t mind playing with the axes either.
I did not do much with the Longsword but I did the Knight's one hand sword, kind of like a Viking sword but with a longer and thinner point for piercing mail.
The 1 hand and Norse axe felt good together using Pekiti Tarsia patterns. With practice it would be a breeze to go full speed and not cut yourself.
The Gladius and Norse Axe with the patterns was damn near perfect. I will probably get these as they are not expenssive
Both were Cold Steels, whereas the 1 hander was an Albion, $800+ and the sheath was a $500 custom job, so it will be some time before I do something like that. I'd go for a Viking sword myself or a Bastard.
My only issue with the CS Norse Axe is the handle is shorter to my size than what they typically used for a 1 hand axe. But they are also for throwing so I could see having a couple like this and then one with a 33" shaft.
I am going to see if Cold Steel would give me a longer shaft. I could also just get another shaft as it's just wood.
For now though, my Ontario U.S. Jungle Machette, Cold Steel Kukri and Vaughn California Framing Axe do nicely for practice.
I like the Framing Axe as that's what I used when I was in construction and it's a tool that makes a good weapon, very Okinawan in spirit. I have had a thing with common tools as weapons since I was a kid.
Been adapting sword movements to the baseball bat as well. People talk shit about people doing HEMA but put a baseball bat in a HEMAist hands and fuck with him and he'd bust you up 6 ways from Sunday PDQ.