Posted: Mon 03 Jun, 2013 4:16 pm Post subject: Using clay for cutting practice
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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