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Old May 14th, 2018, 02:55 AM
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The SCA actually moved the cutoff to 1650 to enable the Rapier period (and more heraldry).

Period rapier and Cut & Thrust styles use rebated steel and lightest practical touch. Calling standards vary a bit by kingdom, but bruises are rare in Rapier, and uncommon in C&T.

Also note: a lot of SCA armor is bullet resistant... Many fencers & C&Ters are using 2 layers of spectra - it WILL stop a small caliber round. (Inside the ribcage, but it WILL stop it.) Some have padding under the spectra. At the very least, 4 layers of trigger for rapier.
Many guys use pickle barrel in place of baleen and/or boiled leather. (Cover it in cloth or thin leather, and it looks great.) The rest tend to use a mix of dead roadsigns and sheet steel in 10 to 18 gauge.
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