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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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45 Comments

Derrick Boney

March 28, 2020

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

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Lv.99 Mastermind

March 28, 2020

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

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Woopidy Scoop

March 28, 2020

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

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Barry Smith

March 28, 2020

can you make tatami mats out of cardboard rolls?

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MsDjessa

March 28, 2020

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

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TheLoneRideR

March 28, 2020

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.

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molotoff von zeppelin

March 28, 2020

make a video about beards

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Sofialpaca

March 28, 2020

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

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Robert Norton

March 28, 2020

Where do you buy the cutting mats?

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The4cp

March 28, 2020

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

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Sgt. Glebov

March 28, 2020

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

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Ouroboros Armory

March 28, 2020

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

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Allan Williams

March 28, 2020

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

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Casin Ferney

March 28, 2020

Too bad I use a straight edge.

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Spikey DaPikey

March 28, 2020

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

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Antrolos

March 28, 2020

Jelly tests with the Patron Razor when?

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Sickening

March 28, 2020

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

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Fyra Flyaim

March 28, 2020

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

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florian schuhmacher

March 28, 2020

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

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M Jones

March 28, 2020

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

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john smith

March 28, 2020

That sounds like patreon with extra steps

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Doom Bringer

March 28, 2020

Nice cuts

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Bigslam1993

March 28, 2020

"Easier to shave with than a sword"

Best marketing slogan

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Raluyen

March 28, 2020

I live on the edge. I shave with the pommel

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sam .t

March 28, 2020

I thought you shaved with a machete!

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vitriolicAmaranth

March 28, 2020

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

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Joshua Potts

March 28, 2020

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

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Bernard Putersznit

March 28, 2020

Thwarts, Warts and All – Thanks

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Billy smittyjaegermanjensen

March 28, 2020

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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michele nicola Rizzo

March 28, 2020

Using big heavy swords with your dominant hand only is good in downward cuts, but only if the blade is not handle heavy.

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michele nicola Rizzo

March 28, 2020

I may sound clueless posting this, but I have got a very coarse and thick beard and a very sensitive skin, so I rarely use a razor. Plus I like the easy shave of the electric hair trimmer.

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Travis TheBard

March 28, 2020

Quick question how do you lace rear laced boots

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Londinium Armoury

March 28, 2020

You guys at blood and iron up for the challenge? test cutting challenge started by me, challenge number 1, Milk Jug multiple cuts, how many cuts can you perform on a single milk jug before it falls. I scored 10 on my first attempt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJRYg5tqwSY

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Kürbis Wind

March 28, 2020

Did you ever have any serious injuries while handling a sword?

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Feral Fox

March 28, 2020

Were you aware that Condor knife&tool has a grossmesser now?

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Francisco Gamboa

March 28, 2020

shouldnt the beta be the alpha? less blades more beards!!!

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E.Hektor Kaplan

March 28, 2020

Clean cuts and good shots there.

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Shane Battles

March 28, 2020

Nice video

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Deathstar Entertainment

March 28, 2020

Thought You use your Albion sword to shave…

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michael blacktree

March 28, 2020

I think Justin Trudeau is on the Beta plan. 😝

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Sean Hack

March 28, 2020

I'm malay so a already use a karambit on my facial hair

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Sareth

March 28, 2020

That patronblades thing looks very interesting. Do they ship worldwide? I can't find any information on their site and there's no contact option either.

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Martin Leonardo Rocha Mercado

March 28, 2020

I read it as "Damm you, Shrek"

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xwaltranx

March 28, 2020

the realistic shooter we want in unreal engine 4! it will be good after playinmg so much rs2:vietnam

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Raven Fit

March 28, 2020

Skall shaves using his “bearded” axe. Ba-dump tiss

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