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Old May 27th, 2004, 01:38 PM   #16
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"By the Sword" by Richard Cohen. This is a really good book about swordsmanship (primarily western), from duelling to Olympic matches. It's written by an Olympian. Very fun read. Full of anecdotes.

It's great that your pursuing those projects.
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Old May 27th, 2004, 05:21 PM   #17
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The fight calls for broadswords. I know I really need I fight choreographer! I have some books about fighting for the screen, but as you said, there is not enough time in the day to do all of this.

Where can I get prop swords on the net? Anybody?
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Old May 29th, 2004, 07:19 PM   #18
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>I would like to buy some fake swords where I can add the clang >in later. Is there a specific site you know of?

If you actually intendto clag the swords but have the luxury of
adding the clang sound later, check out these aluminum swords:

www.trainingblades.com

The polished aluminum swords are stunningly beautiful and
thick enough to withstand practice. I train regularly in contact-weapons practice with the
Pinuti and Barong, although to preserve the blade, my training
partner uses a rattan weapon. The "blade" includes the handle,
so the "tang" (portion of blade embedded in handle) is considerable. The swords are made of 1/4" aluminum, but the swords "edges" are tapered with a hollow grind. Although the
blade is noticeably thicker than a real sword blade, untrained eyes are unable to distinguish it from a real blade. The thicker edge also affords better protection against broken hands/wrists.

The aluminum swords will
burr easily, but most of that can be removed in minutes with one of those hand-held sanders (Mouse by Black & Decker).
The owner also does custom work, which is showcased in
the custom gallery.
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