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Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by hso, Mar 31, 2018.

  1. Slamfire

    Slamfire Member

    Dec 29, 2006
    I watched the program, I think Faud is a class act and the work he did on the program looked first rate. I was terribly disappointed when his Yari broke on the absolute first test attempt. Not only disappointed for Faud, but I wanted to see what sort of damage a Yari would do on other test media. Looking at the damage the other contestant's Yari did to the pig carcass, you know, those pole arms were fearsome weapons, not be be sneered at. Firearms replaced swords, axes, pole arms, spears, not because of lethality, but because of distance. When I see pigs being cut in half with two handed swords, axes, pole arms, I am really impressed with the power of those things. The episode that ended with the Roman Sica sword,


    both of the contestants Sica swords cut off the head of the ballistic dummy. I had no idea that the Sica sword had such cutting power.
  2. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    I have been interested to see spears used as cutting weapons. They do a lot of damage, but it looks like if you miss, you are open to a counterstrike.
    The Yari is also sensitive to the exact configuration of the side prongs. The other guy put some forward sweep on his and they interfered with the cut. I have seen similar with some of the other funky looking multi-pointed weapons. If you don't lay it out right, you will lose effectiveness of the main edge and maybe even whack or cut yourself. I have to wonder if there is a real advantage in there somewhere over the plain spear, sword, or knife.

    Likewise the sica. They did a lot of cutting but would not make a thrust. Maybe that is why they were said to be limited to gladiatorial weapons.
  3. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    0 hrs east of TN
    A big part of the problem was that those other blades weren't sharp and only the point did any damage. Fuad's were sharp all the way around and made cuts with every edge that touched the pig.
    bikerdoc likes this.
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