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Just practicing isn’t enough, you also have to run diagnostics every now and then, so to speak. Recently I took some time to check my cutting mechanics on soaked tatami mats.
Of course there are always things to work on, and in this case it’s my Zwerchhau (thwarting cut/hew) in particular that still has sketchy edge alignment. This strike is one of the Master Cuts in the German longsword tradition, as shown in the Medieval and Renaissance manuals. A very effective counter technique when done right.

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29 Comments

  • Derrick Boney
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    It makes me feel very confident to start practicing real cuts, hearing skall review himself with so much prejudice.

  • Lv.99 Mastermind
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    If you don't nail the thwart cut, the cut thwarts you

  • Woopidy Scoop
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    Hmmm… interesting razor, but does it…
    R E F I N E T H E G E N T L E M A N?

  • Barry Smith
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    can you make tatami mats out of cardboard rolls?

  • MsDjessa
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    Heh, I didn't even think that I'm in a minority here.

  • TheLoneRideR
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    Question re: the zwerchau (and false edge cuts generally): Do you think they are intended to open the opponent up for a more direct blow or to do serious harm themselves? I ask because I tried a false edge cut the other day — the Zwerchau? Cut the bottle but not cleanly, several times. Tried it on rolled newspaper… not much of a cut. This leads to a question: Were cuts like this intended to be lethal or just a strike to open the opponent up (pun intended) to a follow up? Like, zwerchua to the head, ouch, that hurt, he's bleeding, but not incapacitated, just distracted, then cut him with something else? I never thought about this before, but…. is it feasible to deliver a zwerchau quick enough to land it in combat that has sufficient force behind it for more than a tip cut or harassing wound?
    I ask because often any strike with a practice sword is treated as if it would wound, but if I cut with a sharp, unless I'm very deliberate, I can't generate the power to cut. And in a real fight you wouldn't have the time to be deliberate or if you did the opponent would see it coming.

  • molotoff von zeppelin
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    make a video about beards

  • Sofialpaca
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    I'm part of the 5% left then… XD Even tho having a beard of your glory is kind of dream of mine.

  • Robert Norton
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    Where do you buy the cutting mats?

  • The4cp
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    I just have someone throw a pommel at my beard. Ends it rightly

  • Sgt. Glebov
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    Leave it to Skall to get blades involved in even his monetization strategy

  • Ouroboros Armory
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    I am the 5%! So where do you buy your matts?

  • Allan Williams
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    Your cutting face makes you look like an angry garden gnome XD

  • Casin Ferney
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    Too bad I use a straight edge.

  • Spikey DaPikey
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    Noice. Just a quick question, what happens with all the bits of sliced up mats? Do they compost down? Recycled ??

  • Antrolos
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    Jelly tests with the Patron Razor when?

  • Sickening
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    just shave with swords dude it works i mean you did it at one point so keep doin it my guuuuuy

  • Fyra Flyaim
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    Us girls have things we need to shave too😂😂😂

  • florian schuhmacher
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    what is a twart ? and what do you think Zwerch means because it's a old wold that doesn't exist anymore in german.

  • M Jones
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    What's the steel gauge is on that razor blade bad boy? Did you put that razor blade through your usual blade review?

  • john smith
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    That sounds like patreon with extra steps

  • Doom Bringer
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    Nice cuts

  • Bigslam1993
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    "Easier to shave with than a sword"

    Best marketing slogan

  • Raluyen
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    I live on the edge. I shave with the pommel

  • sam .t
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    I thought you shaved with a machete!

  • vitriolicAmaranth
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    Pretty sure most (adult) women use razors too, to be fair. Not that you need razors of the same quality if you aren't shaving your face, since skin on the rest of the body is much less sensitive.
    t. man who shaves his legs

  • Joshua Potts
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    0:30 well I’m a kid so why am I even here

  • Bernard Putersznit
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    Thwarts, Warts and All – Thanks

  • Billy smittyjaegermanjensen
    Posted May 4, 2020 7:08 am

    Heck yes! I have a Brighton! That sucker is like a laser beam. It's maybe a bit undersized to fit any sort of historic role but it's a very satisfying sword to cut with.I personally had to work on the edge quite a bit to get it the way I like it though.

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