(Hanwei) Federschwert

This is a Federschwert (Wikipedia article: [External Link]) bought second-hand from a friend at fencing:


Yeah, there’s pretty much all I have to say – other than you wouldn’t believe the difference a metal blade makes to training in comparison to a plastic waster. For obvious, physics-y reasons, the metal blade is heavier and takes … Continue reading

More Adaptable Wasters!

Well, here’s the latest pair of additions to my Knight Shop [External Link] collection of wasters:

I bought the new wasters as a falchion (top) and a messer (bottom) with some extra pieces. The Knight Shop / Dave Rawlings continue to use a modular design, so my pair of new blades and assorted extras can be put together in four combinations. I’ve put the two new wasters together with the … Continue reading

Sunday 20th January, 2013

We’re already twenty days into 2013? This might be moving too fast for me. Anyway, two site changes to share with you this week.

First off, we have a new Mousie’s Postcard brought on my snowy weather, an idle owner and a Hellhound that stayed still for a few seconds.

The second change is thanks to a person we shall refer to as Sam-at-fencing – because he is. Sam-at-fencing thought it would be good if the stories on this site were downloadable. After a bit of sorting out plug-ins, they now are. At the top of each story there should be a link that says “– Download as PDF –” that does exactly what it says on the tin. Most eReaders should be able to cope with a pdf file but you may want to check you have an up-to-date version of Adobe Acrobat Reader [External Link] installed on a computer. Please let me know if there are any problems with this – and also let me know if you like it!

My new Knight Shop [External Link] wasters turned up on Wednesday but I haven’t had much of a chance to use them, yet. I will put a post up after the training session (which is on Wednesday) – along with a post on my second hand Federschwert I’ve been meaning to post for a while.

Sunday 6th January, 2013

Perhaps a fitting mood to be in for the start of the year, but my news is currently full of “maybe”s – which means there’s not much point in me telling you about what I’m up to in case none of them get off the ground.

On the positive side (in the sense of things organised) I have committed to:

  • Purchasing more wasters from The Knight Shop [External Link]. There will be a blog post on the new additions to the kit bag (and I’m buying a new one of those, too) when they turn up and I’ve had a play.
  • I am booked in for the 2014 EasterCon / Satellite 4 [External Link]. I say booked in but what that means is I’ve bought membership. As there are plenty of things that can go wrong between now and April 2014, I make no further promises.

I am idly thinking about buying membership to EasterCon 2013 [External Link], as it’s not too far away in Bradford, but I suspect I shall chicken out of that. I shall, however, be making some sort of appearance at SWASH 2013 in early March, if anyone fancies some fencing.

Sunday 23rd October, 2011

I have a confession. I didn’t get out of bed until the second half of the (Rugby Union) World Cup final. So my first act of the day was to turn on the tv, my second was to see the score and my third was realising I’d just shouted “Come on, you black bastards!” at my tv. I’m not sure who was more surprised, me or Finn. I’d expected to be able to cheer for France. Apparently not. However, it was a good game and France had a decent crack at it. If it’s any consolation, Finn cheered for France – France played in white, Finn can identify white shirts and knows white shirts should hold the ball. Players in any other colour, if he’s paying attention, are to be growled at. With respect to Wales’ battle for third place (which they lost), I watched the first ten minutes of kick-off, went to work late and kept the BBC blow-by-blow page open while I worked. I get the impression it wasn’t a great game. By the time I know the score, however, I’ve lost all desire to watch replays, highlights or even commentary. And that’s probably the last rugby commentary you’ll read from me until February.

(There are other things on the periphery of rugby that I’d quite like to mention, but I haven’t really refined what I want to say properly. Maybe some other time because, unfortunately, the attitudes I’d like to discuss are going nowhere.)

Finn in Rugby Shirt

So, what are the rules again?

In the unrelated-to-rugby news, I got some more parts for one of my Knight Shop [External Link] wasters – as you may have noticed. So far, so good.

I also made a few attempts at using a Wacom Bamboo Touch [External Link] that has come into my possession. I actually bought it for my dad’s Christmas present last year, as he likes to work on his photos. I thought he might find it easier than a mouse. However, he’s decided he doesn’t want it and has given it back. I’m trying to work out if I’ll actually use it for anything. It also opens up a world of opportunity for Christmas present buying. Although I admit to buying films and albums that I would like to see or hear as well, I’ve never considered just out-right buying something I want and waiting for it to come back! You can see my third attempt with it to the left. I’ve basically just traced an existing photo of Finn and coloured it in.

In terms of writing, I’m polishing off a couple of short story drafts. I had intended them both to be posted on the site but one of them has turned into a full-length piece of short fiction rather than a flash. I’m considering what to do with it while avoiding working on 25 Ways to Kill A Werewolf or The Three Guineveres. I’m still waiting for feedback on the first and further work on the latter is on hold until I’ve got that redrafting out the way. Oh, and until I’ve finished redecorating the spare bedroom. I found myself stripping wallpaper on Friday night as something of a distraction technique. With that, the sorting out of the garden for winter and wondering whether to do some serious blogging, I think I’m pretty much distracted.

Adaptable Wasters!

You may remember I recently bought some Basket Hilt Wasters from The Knight Shop site [External Link]. Well, last week I ordered the cross-guard and pommels necessary to change one of them into a single-hander or a bastard sword (a hand-and-a-half, if you’re feeling more polite than I am), and they arrived on Wednesday.

I’ve mentioned in that earlier post that the Knight … Continue reading

Two Knight Shop Basket Hilt Wasters

Actually called “sparring swords” on The Knight Shop site [External Link], these synthetic wasters are intended to take the place of metal swords – blunt or otherwise. They’re quite heavy but only a proportion of the weight a real basket hilt would be.

I bought them to try them out as sabre replacements. While someone with small hands (i.e. me) can just about … Continue reading