Obviously, for practical reasons, we don’t fight with sharpened blades. The bladesmiths that we use are renowned for making their weapons feel and handle as close to the real thing as to be almost indistinguishable. However, there really is no better way to test your cutting than by cutting with a sharp.
On Sunday a number of our students attended a seminar hosted by our good friends at Waterloo Sparring Group. The Cutting Clinic was lead by Tristan Zukowski, a HEMA longsword instructor from New York who had students from a number of local schools testing their cutting against tatami mats.
Thanks to WSG for a great event!