Inspecting Class 2 Weapons

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From the Book of War

  • 1.4.2. Class 2 - All Class 2 Weapons must conform to the following:
  • The minimum length is forty-eight (48) inches.
  • The minimum weight is twenty-four (24) ounces.
  • The maximum handle length for Class 2 Weapons is eighteen (18) inches or one-third (1/3) of the overall length, whichever is greater. This cannot exceed one-half (1/2) of the overall length.
  • If the Weapon has a semicircular tip with a minimum 1.5 inch radius, it is exempt from rule Appendix A, 1.3.3.
  • Single-edge Weapons must have their non-striking edge clearly marked with at least a 12-inch piece of contrasting tape.

How to check Class 2 weapons

  • 1. Measure and weigh the weapon. If it does not conform to the rules listed above, the weapon fails. See Weighing Weapons.
  • 2. Feel along the striking surface, checking for soft parts of the foam, called a sweet spot. Feel for breaks, rips, or core.
  • 3. Gently try and twist the striking surface near the tip to make sure that the foam is secure to the core. Don't twist too hard, or you may damage the weapon.
  • 4. Feel along the flat to make sure you cannot feel core. Pay special attention to the tip of the sword. DO NOT DIG YOUR THUMB INTO THE FLAT OR HAFT PADDING LOOKING FOR CORE!
  • 5. Check the pommel to make sure that you cannot feel core. Bounce the pommel off a hard surface, such as a table, and listen for a hard sound. If it bounces back, it is safe.
  • 6. Check for Flex. See Checking Weapon Flex.
  • 7. Swing the weapon against another weapon checker's back. Give them a light hit first, then medium, the hard. Ask in between swings to make sure the weapon checker wants to continue. It is possible to fail the weapon based on a medium swing.
  • 8. If the weapon is stabbing (class 3), follow the directions next for Inspecting Class 3 Weapons where applicable.
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