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What Is Considered Appropriate Weaponry?

Weaponry for 16th Century England and Europe can cover a wide range. Here are lists of the do’s and don’ts for SRF weaponry


YES

Rapiers
Longswords
Two-Handers
Shortswords
Falchions
Daggers
Poniards
Dirks
Stilettos
Pikes (Under 8 Feet)
Halberds
Partisans
Axes
Maces
Wooden Cudgels
Double - wide Epees and Schlagers (for stage combat purposes)
Bows ( considered a projectile weapon, and subject to very strict rules and regs. Contact the FD)

NO

Katanas
Wakizashi
tanto
shinai
Tachi
PVC swords
Bokken
foils
Civil War Sabers
Machetes
Foam padded weapons
taped weapons

The best recommendation as to what arms to bring to faire is research. It is not enough that your weapon of choice simply look “cool” or go well with your costume. For the sake of the audience and to correctly add to the realism of the period the weapon needs to have a valid historical reason for being there. When in doubt, contact the Fight Director beforehand rather than show up at faire and be told to leave your weapon in the car!


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