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PostPosted: Wed 16 Jun, 2004 12:09 pm    Post subject: Using pool noodles (how?)         Reply with quote

Hey folks,
I've picked up some pool noodles for cutting, but I'm not sure the best way to use them.

Obviously, I should cut them with the sharp edge of a sword Happy, but do people use a stand of some sort, or prop them up?

??

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PostPosted: Wed 16 Jun, 2004 12:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Using pool noodles (how?)         Reply with quote

Chad Arnow wrote:
Hey folks,
I've picked up some pool noodles for cutting, but I'm not sure the best way to use them.

Obviously, I should cut them with the sharp edge of a sword Happy, but do people use a stand of some sort, or prop them up?

??

Happy



Just shove em on the end of a fence post or a cutting stand that has a spike or nail.

I've also had my training partners throw them up in the air, they make good moving targets Razz

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PostPosted: Wed 16 Jun, 2004 1:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Using pool noodles (how?)         Reply with quote

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Just shove em on the end of a fence post or a cutting stand that has a spike or nail.

I've also had my training partners throw them up in the air, they make good moving targets Razz


Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, I don't have a cutting stand or a fence. WTF?!

They all have a hole in the middle. Would it be okay to get a dowel that size and mount it to a base of some sort?

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PostPosted: Wed 16 Jun, 2004 2:00 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Chad,

Just drive a wooden stake into the ground.....


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PostPosted: Wed 16 Jun, 2004 2:17 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Depends on how quick you are. Wink

http://homepage.mac.com/aaronjustice/.Movies/cutting.mov

If you're using a two hander, cutting like this will be more difficult.

How can there be a perfect sword when PEOPLE come in all shapes and sizes too?
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Jun, 2004 6:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Using pool noodles (how?)         Reply with quote

Chad Arnow wrote:
Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, I don't have a cutting stand or a fence. WTF?!

They all have a hole in the middle. Would it be okay to get a dowel that size and mount it to a base of some sort?


That's exactly the idea, but make sure the dowel is well short of your cutting height Wink
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Jun, 2004 7:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A while ago Bugei had the plans for their cutting stands available for download in PDF format.
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PostPosted: Wed 16 Jun, 2004 9:06 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

If nothing else they have some good pictures that should give an idea of things.
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PostPosted: Thu 17 Jun, 2004 8:59 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

nice video Aaron, btw, what sword is that?

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PostPosted: Thu 17 Jun, 2004 9:19 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

MRL Scottish Backsword. nathan Robinson did a review on it here.


Vincent Labolito wrote:
nice video Aaron, btw, what sword is that?

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How can there be a perfect sword when PEOPLE come in all shapes and sizes too?
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PostPosted: Sun 20 Jun, 2004 1:02 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Big Lots has noodles for $0.99 near me.
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PostPosted: Sun 20 Jun, 2004 3:34 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well, I fashioned a cutting stand out of some scrap 2 x 4's I had laying around, and drilled a hole for a dowel to go in. The problem I'm finding is that if the dowel is too short, the noodle bends and doesn't get cut through. If the dowel is too long, it either breaks or goes sailing with the noodle well into my backyard (or both). How far into the noodle should a dowel or spike go? I've been using ~18 inch or ~30 inch pieces of 3/4 inch dowels.

Or maybe I just suck at this. Happy I've have a few good all-the-way-through cuts, all with the Baron. I haven't been able to do anything but knock the noodle around with my ArmArt. I think it's me rather than the weapons.....

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PostPosted: Sun 20 Jun, 2004 5:12 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Chad Arnow wrote:
Well, I fashioned a cutting stand out of some scrap 2 x 4's I had laying around, and drilled a hole for a dowel to go in. The problem I'm finding is that if the dowel is too short, the noodle bends and doesn't get cut through. If the dowel is too long, it either breaks or goes sailing with the noodle well into my backyard (or both). How far into the noodle should a dowel or spike go? I've been using ~18 inch or ~30 inch pieces of 3/4 inch dowels.

Or maybe I just suck at this. Happy I've have a few good all-the-way-through cuts, all with the Baron. I haven't been able to do anything but knock the noodle around with my ArmArt. I think it's me rather than the weapons.....



Just practice some more Chad and you'll get it. Imagine cutting through the object and not at it. The thing about noodles is that your edge has to be dead on or else they fly away or tear. I was cutting them like butter while they were in mid air with the Baron so it's definately not the sword.

Just practice Big Grin

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PostPosted: Sun 20 Jun, 2004 6:18 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Gary Grzybek wrote:
Just practice some more Chad and you'll get it. Imagine cutting through the object and not at it. The thing about noodles is that your edge has to be dead on or else they fly away or tear. I was cutting them like butter while they were in mid air with the Baron so it's definately not the sword.

Just practice Big Grin


I figured it was me. Razz I'm kinda swinging it like a baseball bat. Is that right or wrong?

The Baron handles so great. It's a shame I'm not using it quite right....

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PostPosted: Sun 20 Jun, 2004 9:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Chad Arnow wrote:
Gary Grzybek wrote:
Just practice some more Chad and you'll get it. Imagine cutting through the object and not at it. The thing about noodles is that your edge has to be dead on or else they fly away or tear. I was cutting them like butter while they were in mid air with the Baron so it's definately not the sword.

Just practice Big Grin


I figured it was me. Razz I'm kinda swinging it like a baseball bat. Is that right or wrong?

The Baron handles so great. It's a shame I'm not using it quite right....


You are not alone in your poor pool noodle technique it seems. Wink

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PostPosted: Mon 21 Jun, 2004 1:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

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You are not alone in your poor pool noodle technique it seems. Wink


Yeah, I pretty much suck at it. Eek! I either launch the noodle or break the dowel the noodle is on, sometimes both, most of the time. It's harder than I thought it would be.

I tried PVC pipe instead of a wooden dowel, but the hole in the mounting is a little wider than the pipe, so the pipe is likes to fly with the noodle.....

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PostPosted: Mon 21 Jun, 2004 4:29 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Chad Arnow wrote:
Gary Grzybek wrote:
Just practice some more Chad and you'll get it. Imagine cutting through the object and not at it. The thing about noodles is that your edge has to be dead on or else they fly away or tear. I was cutting them like butter while they were in mid air with the Baron so it's definately not the sword.

Just practice Big Grin


I figured it was me. Razz I'm kinda swinging it like a baseball bat. Is that right or wrong?

The Baron handles so great. It's a shame I'm not using it quite right....


I have found that it helps me to pull the sword slightly as it hits the target, so that the sword makes more of a slice than a chop. This results in the sword being slightly tucked in against me when the cut is completed. Otherwise the targets do tend to go sailing across the yard Eek!
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PostPosted: Mon 21 Jun, 2004 5:26 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Felix Wang wrote:
Chad Arnow wrote:
Gary Grzybek wrote:
Just practice some more Chad and you'll get it. Imagine cutting through the object and not at it. The thing about noodles is that your edge has to be dead on or else they fly away or tear. I was cutting them like butter while they were in mid air with the Baron so it's definately not the sword.

Just practice Big Grin


I figured it was me. Razz I'm kinda swinging it like a baseball bat. Is that right or wrong?

The Baron handles so great. It's a shame I'm not using it quite right....


I have found that it helps me to pull the sword slightly as it hits the target, so that the sword makes more of a slice than a chop. This results in the sword being slightly tucked in against me when the cut is completed. Otherwise the targets do tend to go sailing across the yard Eek!


Yes, a slight draw cut sometimes helps on these light targets. You also need some amount of velocity too.

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PostPosted: Tue 22 Jun, 2004 1:11 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

notice how both the cat and dog leave the scene. Nice movie
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PostPosted: Tue 22 Jun, 2004 2:01 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

" have found that it helps me to pull the sword slightly as it hits the target, so that the sword makes more of a slice than a chop. This results in the sword being slightly tucked in against me when the cut is completed. Otherwise the targets do tend to go sailing across the yard "

Interesting observation Chad, and quit correct.

Remember, when you're making a cut the strong hand (at the guard) is guiding the sword, while the weak hand (at the pommel) is the one pulling, thereby providing power to the cut.

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