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Opinions on Curved Hilts 2 years 1 month ago #43835

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I'm debating if I want a curved hilt saber for dueling (specifically, a Cyan Bane). I would like to hear the opinions of others on using a curved hilt. If anyone owns a Bane or another curved hilt saber, I'm curious as to how you duel with it and generally what you think of it. Not talking about full on reviews, but how it handles for dueling.


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Opinions on Curved Hilts 2 years 1 month ago #43933

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I don't own a (commonly associated) curved hilt or one that has a gentle curve (what I imagine SFs Insurgent to be) other than my Va-Cuum Cle'Ner (which doesn't technically count).
You're wield style is the obvious difference here. With curved hilts your grip will also change. Imagine gripping a squash racquet versus gripping a tennis racket.
A squash racquet's grip is commonly nearest the very top of the grip-wrap with your thumb and forefinger simulating a gentle 'V'. The dueling style is most associated with a fencing style also.
A tennis racquet's grip is commonly nearest the very bottom of the grip-wrap (relative to just above the pommel) with a virtual closed fist straightened.

You've mentioned in other threads that you lean towards or establish your grip and wielding style from oriental weaponry much like the katana. This can sometimes combine the two mentioned above liking to say gripping a golf club. However it becomes a dual-hand wield which isn't as comfortable on a curved-hilt.
To go single handed grip on a curved, you'll be essentially going through an 'unlearning' exercise to train short swings, slashes and more stabbing motions.

For fluidity of movement during dueling, the single handed curved demonstrates more refinement and control. The blade is swung as it is directed. Compared to a straight hilt, still consistent to aforementioned, your motions tend to be guided by the swings in a more exaggerated way than above.

That's my interpretation.

Thought the PS was your next decisive moment? :P
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Opinions on Curved Hilts 2 years 1 month ago #43970

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OvrcAHst wrote:
Thought the PS was your next decisive moment? :P

There are too many options! I have SO MANY CHOYYSSEZZZZZ!!! :woohoo:
With how you described it as well as what I learned from TPLA's newest video tells me I would rather like using a curved hilt. Though I take much influence from traditional sword grips, I'm no stranger to single hand conventional wielding. That plus my habit of circling around my foe's blade with swings and moves that don't exactly work for a straight hilt make me want to get a Bane.

Rats, now I have five SF sabers on my list not counting my two ASP sabers! My wallet (and work spirit) are gonna hate me this summer.


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Opinions on Curved Hilts 2 years 1 month ago #43973

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Confucius Say: Better to ask for forgiveness than to seek permission first.

If it makes you happy then it can't be that bad.

EDIT: How you separate yourself from others is determined by actions of being proficient at several disciplines or a Master of just one. ;)
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Opinions on Curved Hilts 2 years 1 month ago #44022

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Hi all,

And just to add to Eddlyss64's woes of an overstretched wallet, I have an ASP design he might like which I will post when he's online to see it!
It's not curved but may fit in with one of his other thread topics.

Sorry to interrupt,

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Opinions on Curved Hilts 2 years 1 month ago #46700

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If you're the type of person who fights using agility, speed and precision, a curved hilt is definitely for you. It really moulds into your hand, making it easy to use in 1 handed combat, but it's not very useful if you want to fight with 2 hands or if you want to dual wield 2 curved hilts. So it's good for quick attacks, bad for heavy ones.

I hope this doesn't go too far off topic, but I think saberforge should make some more curved hilt sabers, because the bane was a HUGE success ;)
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Opinions on Curved Hilts 8 months 1 week ago #77638

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Curved hilts lend themselves to classical fencing styles. You can see a little of this in the few times that Christopher Lee actually held a saber in his hand on film. Dooku was very much a saber fencer, which I suspect came from some real training on Lee's part, he was a righteous bad ass after all.
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Opinions on Curved Hilts 8 months 1 week ago #77644

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Hi Everybody,

If you are interested here is a YouTube video I found aeons ago featuring Christopher Lee discussing his films and his sword fighting technique. Enjoy....



He will always be the greatest on screen duellist to me.

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Opinions on Curved Hilts 8 months 1 week ago #77689

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And if you ever need to conduct clandestine operations against the national socialists, he was your man.
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Opinions on Curved Hilts 8 months 1 week ago #77701

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Hi again,

And interestingly enough I just watched another Christopher Lee film titled "She" (with Ursula Andress) in which he demonstrated his sword fighting skill, but also his immense presence on screen. In the sword fight there is a sequence where Lee's character has the High Ground, standing on a flight of steps and he jumps off the stairs to launch an attack. The expression on his face was amazing, you could see the entire whites of his eyes as had this look of complete craziness/anger. I actually flinched when I saw it as I am so used to seeing the (mostly) flat performances by today's generation of actors.

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Opinions on Curved Hilts 8 months 1 week ago #77703

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I'll always remember him as Lord Summerisle. One of very few truly extraordinary men, seemingly a dying breed. We've hijacked this topic though so back on track; I'm very excited about the new Bane, though the sharp points on the underside grips give me pause. They might actually help with leverage if you hold the saber farther back, or they might just grind up your hand. We'll see.
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