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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Aug 2017 11:40 a.m. PST

"Stage combat grade blades are all made of high carbon tempered steel, and have been blunted to remove the more obvious hazard, but they are still true weapons whose construction and design were predicated upon one goal: the taking of human life. Under the right conditions, even the "flimsy" blunted foil can pass through the human body, so please treat all weapons with great respect and a certain amount of fear.

"If weapons can be so dangerous, shouldn't we stay away from steel? What about plastic swords, or wood or rubber?"

Steel is safer than any alternative. Plastic and wood can break more easily than steel, leaving the actor with a very sharp and unforgiving instrument in his hand, just as capable of going through the human body. Rubber is impractical for a sword fight: if made too floppy it looks foolish, and if too stiff it's like fighting with clubs. Only tempered steel or the more rare and costly tempered aluminum should be used for stage combat. If that makes you uneasy, cut the fight scenes…"
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Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2017 9:08 p.m. PST

Interesting as always my friend.

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