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Rapier Editing notes

Rapier - Introduction

  • Rules change process described should match Armoured Combat requirements - announcement in court, publication in Pegasus etc.
  • Update web link to new location when changed

Rapier - Canon

  • Consider separating sections
  1. General Information
  2. Behaviour On The Field
  3. Use of Weapons and Parrying Devices
  4. Acknowledgement of Blows
  5. Melee/War Combat
  • Metric conversion of imperial units

Rapier - Equipment Specifications

  • Metric conversion of imperial units - Armoured Combat uses 6mm for 1/4 inch

Rapier - Authorisations

  • We're keeping indemnities for minors for 21 years??

Rapier - Administration

  • What are SCA Lochac (NZ & AUS) requirements for working with youth?
  • Why is Rapier not under the Group Marshal - as it is at Kingdom level?
  • Chiropracter as health professional?
  • Quarter Courts don't exist anymore - use grievance procedure as per Kingdom Law

Rapier - Glossary

Suggested further glossary items:

Draw cut
Tip cut
Push cut
Percussive cut
Blade grasps
Abrasion-Resistant Material
Material that will withstand normal combat stresses (such as being snagged by an unbroken blade) without tearing. Examples include, but are not limited to:
  • broadcloth
  • a single layer of heavy poplin cloth (35% cotton, 65% polyester; "trigger" cloth)
  • sweat pants
  • Woven knit tights or lycra /spandex mix tights.
Nylon pantyhose and cotton gauze shirts are examples of unacceptable materials.
Puncture-Resistant Material
Any fabric or combination of fabrics that passes the Standard Fencing Armour Test set out under rule Examples may include, but are not limited to:
  • 2 mm leather
  • four layers of heavy poplin cloth
  • ballistic nylon rated to at least 550 Newtons
  • commercial fencing clothing rated to at least 550 Newtons.
Kevlar is not an acceptable material, as it degrades rapidly.
Initially, these materials need only be tested at the marshal's discretion; all other materials must be tested the first time new equipment is used, or if no marshal on the field knows a given piece of equipment to have been tested under rule 3.1.5.
Rigid Material
Puncture-resistant materials that will not significantly flex, spread apart, or deform under pressure of 12 kg applied by a standard mask tester repeatedly to any single point. Examples of rigid material that may comply with the standard for Rigid Material are:
  • 0.8 mm stainless steel 1.0 mm mild steel
  • 1.6 mm aluminium, copper, or brass
  • One layer of hardened heavy leather (8oz, 4 mm).
  • The mesh of a standard fencing mask
Resilient Padding
Any material or combination of materials - equivalent to 6mm (0.25 inches) of closed cell foam - which absorbs some of the force of a thrust or blow. The standard padded bib of a fencing mask may meet this requirement, depending on construction.
Standard Fencing Armour Test (SFAT) (used for testing Puncture Resistant Material.)
Acceptable field inspections shall deliver a consistent force.
Tests known to be acceptable include:
  • Cloth or garment manufacturer's commercial certification that a fabric is rated to 550 N. (Documentation must be available at the time of inspection.)
  • Use of 550 N garment punch test devices, manufactured by sources acceptable to the Deputy Society Marshal for Rapier Combat. Such a device shall be used in accordance with its instructions.
  • Use of a drop test device as described in instructions found in Appendix 3 of the Society Rapier Rules.
For all tests, if the material in question has been completely penetrated, or penetrated in more than one protective layer, it fails. If only one protective layer (where other equivalent or sturdier layers exist) has been damaged, then it passes.

running at an opponent with rapier extended
Parrying Devices
Non-rigid parrying device
Parrying Gauntlet
Rubber band gun
Pole Weapon
Rapier (referred to as Heavy Rapier in the Society Rules)
Cut and Thrust Rapier.