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Any accounts of sword testing in the middle ages?

PostPosted: 26 Jan 2015 20:46
by Pete085
Hello there, are there any historical accounts how swords were testet in the Middle Ages? Were cutting test common in this peroid comparable to the japanese tameshigiri or where there some events comparable to the sword feats in the 19th century?

Re: Any accounts of sword testing in the middle ages?

PostPosted: 27 Jan 2015 22:16
by Monzambano
I'll check with Jack - his theory is that hunting was essentially cutting practice

Re: Any accounts of sword testing in the middle ages?

PostPosted: 28 Jan 2015 14:46
by Pete085
Thx for your Answer. The theory that hunting is connected to cutting practicse is a very interesting one.

Re: Any accounts of sword testing in the middle ages?

PostPosted: 02 Feb 2015 13:31
by admin
Common: no. If they were common then we'd probably have more data and we have almost nothing. Medieval European sword makers obviously did test their blades before selling them, but we only know about blade tests from later periods. In the Middle East and India we know that they cut various vegetables, sheep/goats carcasses, certain types of fish and large lumps of clay. However we have basically no such references from Europe. However we do know that European (mainly Spanish, German and Northern Italian) blades were highly prized in the Islamic states, so clearly the Europeans in the medieval period were managing to consistently make durable sword blades. Perhaps the only way they tested them was to test the edge hardness (when making/sharpening), flex them and bash them against a wooden post - after all, that's all that is really needed to test a sword.

Re: Any accounts of sword testing in the middle ages?

PostPosted: 06 Feb 2015 09:39
by Pete085
@Admin I see. Thank you very much for your detailed post. :D