Society Earl Marshal

SCA Fencers

Rapier Combat


Deputy for Rapier

Master Laertes McBride (Greg Wylie), e-mail

Rules and Policies:

Rapier Combat Handbook pdf
revised October 2013
See updates below
 
Rapier Combat Handbook Appendix 6 - Exceptions To Allowed Blades Rules
 
Rapier Experiment Proposal Form
To be submitted to the Society Rapier Marshal by Kingdom Rapier Marshals
 


Rules and Policies Updates:

September 5, 2014 ruling - Spears / Pikes / Polearms

Section 5 has been added to the "Weapons and Parrying Devices" section of the October 2013 version of the handbook:

5. SPEARS / PIKES / POLEARMS
  • All weapons longer than 60" overall, or with a handle longer than 18" which are not configured and used in a manner that a marshal would identify as a "sword" are defined to belong to this category of weapon.
  • Use:
    • These weapons can only be used in Heavy Rapier and Cut and Thrust combat. They may be used only for thrusting in Heavy Rapier combat.
    • Use of this type of weapon requires a separate authorization.
    • Combatants who use this type of weapon may only strike opponents with the blade of the weapon.
    • For single tournament combat, this type of weapon is considered a non-standard device. An opponent may decline to face a non-standard device without forfeiting a bout.
    • A fighter using this type of weapon must have both hands on the weapon and in the same position at the end of an attack as they had at the beginning of the attack. Invalid attacks include "pool cuing", sliding, completely releasing the haft and any other process that reduces a fighter's control of the weapon.
    • A fighter may not "set" this weapon by bracing the base in the ground or against the foot or body, or locking the back arm.
  • Approved designs:
    • Total weapon length shall not exceed 8 feet.
    • The minimum blade length is 36" measured tip to the top of the tang.
    • Total weapon weight shall not exceed 3 pounds.
    • The only weapons in this class that are approved for use must be similar in design to the commercially available Alchem pike and Amazonia spear. Blades must meet blade flexibility standard (Appendix 1.B.).
    • Non-commercially produced designs must meet the blade flexibility standard and also must have the blade securely attached to the haft by mechanical means (i.e. screws or pins). Weapons of this design must be approved by the Kingdom Rapier Marshal or a designated deputy before being used on the field.
    • Hafts must be composed of pine, cedar, hardwood, or rattan.
    • No weapon may have a cutting surface at both ends.
    • Any other designs, including non-steel blade designs, must be submitted through the approved experimental process (Appendix 2).

February 21, 2014 Ruling - Use of Flexi-Daggers

October 2013 version of the handbook:

"2.B.v. Blades with a cross-section similar to a foil or epee (ie., foils, epees, double-wide epees, musketeers and flexi-daggers) are not allowed in Heavy Rapier, nor Cut & Thrust combat."

This section is reworded to:
"2.B.v. Full length blades (i.e. greater than 18" in length from tip to top of the tang) with a cross-section similar to a foil or epee (i.e., foils, epees, double-wide epees and musketeers) are not allowed in Heavy Rapier, nor Cut & Thrust combat. In addition, flexi-daggers are not allowed for Cut & Thrust combat."

This ruling allows flexi-daggers to continue to be used in Heavy Rapier combat on a society level. As usual, kingdoms are allowed to be more restrictive about the use of these blades in their rules.