Sickle Study Group

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Jason Taylor
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Re: Sickle Study Group

Postby Jason Taylor » Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:46 pm

I love the suit. Awesome.

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Here's the sickle trainer I'm planning on using. I wound my Seymour grass hook in about 8 layers of electrical tape (to fill in the serrates and keep them from pressing through), then slit a piece of garden hose to put around the end and taped that, then a tip piece, then one or two more tape layers just for good measure. It may be overkill, but I didn't have a grinder, and I don't think it's possible to have too much between me and sharpened metal. :)

Anyway, I'm fairly happy with the results. Less ugly than I had anticipated, and it should be plenty workable for working through the plates.

Brian--I think we should both have one of these and one clean sickle for test cutting. That's a lot easier than jigsawing wood, plus the weight, balance, and handle will all be right.

You can also see the forward-sweep from this photo--is that the profile yours has? It seems a little further forward than I expected, though I don't think it really matters for historical technique. After all, it's not like sickle were standardized back in the day or anything.

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Re: Sickle Study Group

Postby Myles Cupp » Fri Mar 11, 2011 10:43 am

Sicklers might be interested in this new video by the MEMAG:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuuM_Ctv ... ture=feedu
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Re: Sickle Study Group

Postby Jeremy S. » Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:54 am

Did you guys ever find an acceptable sickle trainer?
Reason I ask is it'd be fairly simple to make one of of round steel stock and make it reasonably safe for contact, either by going with the rubber hose route or a more high class method with leather (think of the dussack simulators).

http://www.machetespecialists.com/sistma.html
There's also this site
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Re: Sickle Study Group

Postby John P » Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:45 am

Any one live near some Amish I grew up near one of there communities and they still use both long and short sickles as a daily tool. Watching them work might show some insight. They are pacifistic so they might not be that thrilled about the fighting.

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Re: Sickle Study Group

Postby John Harmston » Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:53 am

Might I suggest a name for your study group?

Kron's Sickle Cell
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Re: Sickle Study Group

Postby RJ McKeehan » Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:01 pm

Hahaha I love it! Clever.
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Re: Sickle Study Group

Postby Jason Taylor » Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:29 pm

Thanks for the machete specialists site. Really good source, it looks like.

John--I like it. It's now a contender with the Sinister Sickle Syndicate, and, of course, the classic and elegant Kron Sickos.

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Re: Sickle Study Group

Postby Myles Cupp » Tue Apr 19, 2011 11:16 pm

A few months ago I was sitting in the waiting area at a music store. In the bin of toys I saw something really strange... a plastic sickle.
I have finally gotten around to googling it and I think I found the same kind but I wish it said how long it was:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/HALLOWEEN-TOY-KNI ... 0444613560

The handle is a bit awkward (its not angled exactly right relative to the sickle blade itself) and of course its light but you can't ask for anything much safer.

You can buy also buy (for a mere $5) the blood stained blade variant...:
http://www.officialcostumes.com/88292200.html

I don't know if 18'' is correct for a sickle or how that is measured but come on... how can you argue with the idea of training with a blood-stained sickle? :twisted:


PS
I can already see the trailer for the most amazing horror movie of all time...

"Night-Mair on Elm Street" :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
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Re: Sickle Study Group

Postby chuck wyatt » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:27 am

Hi All,

If anyone is coming to Longpoint 2012 please come check out the Sickle class I'm giving.

The first half will be guards, strikes and blocks found in his plays. The second half will go through 6 of his plays (1, 4, 5, 14, 15 and 16).

If you don't have a practice sickle I have about 15 wooden kama's for trainers, 2 rebated and 2 of the Purple heart Trainers.

Thanks and maybe I'll see you there!

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Re: Sickle Study Group

Postby Tanner sheltry » Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:25 pm

I don't know if these are what chuck is using but I found these trainers at Purple Heart armory.
http://www.woodenswords.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=Sickle4&CartID=1


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