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Andy K.




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PostPosted: Mon 03 Jun, 2013 4:16 pm    Post subject: Using clay for cutting practice         Reply with quote

I was wondering if anyone has ever tried using clay (or a similar product) for cutting practice? I have seen a few mentions of wet clay dummies being used in Russian cavalry practice in late 19th - early 20th century. Since that was pretty much at the end of the cavalry era, I am guessing that use of wet clay to practice proper cutting must have originated much earlier, and was likely not confined to the Russian Empire.

I am also curious what other materials might have been used for cutting practice in Europe throughout the centuries of interest to this forum. Straw dummies? Clay and straw combinations? I am fairly certain that tatami mats and plastic milk jugs were in short supply.
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Lloyd Winter




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PostPosted: Mon 03 Jun, 2013 7:31 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

See the Cutting Clay thread by Michael Edelson
http://www.myArmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t...light=clay
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Andy K.




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PostPosted: Mon 03 Jun, 2013 8:07 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you, Lloyd. Unfortunately, the easiest thing to do (search the forums for "clay") did not occur to me. But that's exactly what I was looking for.

Andy
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Benjamin Floyd II





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PostPosted: Mon 03 Jun, 2013 10:48 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

They cut lead too. Good luck!
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