Alright me hearties,
Now, this post be primarily for me Pyrate group The Alliance of the Double Cross. However, if'n ye be interested in sword work o'pyrates or any other sword carryin' peoples, this is a very basic tutorial.
I am a scholar with the Bankside Schoole of Defense. My provost is Steve Leon. He and the advanced scholars are very skilled and make me look like a child waving a tree branch around.
If you are interested in learning 16th century rapier sword techniques, long sword, pole arms and the like, get hold of Steve at the Bankside website.
Now a little about the Alliance. Almost a year ago me lovely wife Salma Gundy and meself went to PyrateCon in New Orleans. What a great time we had. While we were there we met many great people. Once set of great peoples we met was Greydog and Cantankerous Jan. They were nice, but we didn't spend too much time with any particular folks. Anyhow, the following weekend in Corona, CA was the Cutthroats of Corona pirate fair. Salma and I were kicking around when lo and behold, thar be Greydog and Cantankerous Jan. Well, what a pleasant surprise. Along with them were Dirty Davy Kidd and Naughty Nellie.
We exchanged numbers and decided we would keep in touch. As the months went on, we did get together and got to know one another and we also met some other great people who were affiliated with Greydog and Cantankerous Jan. Well, at one fateful dinner, we decided to commit to eachother. Now we realized that no ship could run with 3 captain (Meself, The Sage Lion of the Pride, Greydog of the Orange Mermaid and Sam Flint of, you know, I don't know his ship's name) so instead we decided to form an alliance.
Historically, that ain't unheard of. Many pirates formed loose alliances with others. And I have to tell ye, we have been having a wonderful time ever since. The Alliance has come together very well, we have a Master Gunner John Billinger, A Master Armorer, Deep Six Dave, A Sword Master--Meself, and a Master at Arms--Sam Flint, plus we have many talented folks who are super knowledgeable about the era.
We can do events if anyone is interested. We can bring our canons, swivel guns, swords, flintlocks, muskets, and/or games to an event if'n someone needs it. To arrange any events ye may need pirates for ye need t'get hold of Greydog. He has a head for that.
We have events scheduled up this year and we have been training. We got together a couple weeks ago and I taught the group some basic sword work and we learned to fire the flintlocks and swivel guns (brass monkeys). We had a blast. Get it...blast? Nevermind.
Anyhow, long story short (too late), this video is to assist me Alliance with the correct cuts.
By-the-way, I also have the wooden sword for the Alliance or anyone else interested. Just send me an e-mail and I will put them aside for ye. The ones I have are natural wood color. No more black ones available.
Now, tell me what ye think. Also, do go over to me brother's website and check out his videos of him tattooing. These are awesome videos. As well, if you tell him I sent ya, he will give you a discount on your custom tattoo.