There has been a recent discussion on the possible differences in force generated by different types of weapons on the SCA rapier field. It became clear that it was necessary to actually test the weapons rather than continue to throw conflicting theories across email. Llwyd remembered that Don Tivar had created a machine for just this purpose. He set about developing a modern version of that machine that could be used to test striking forces for current and proposed weapons. Five versions of the machine followed until the current Mark V model was produced.
This site documents the development of various iterations of the machine through the current Mark V model, encourages and provides tips on making your own rigs, and documents and discusses a growing database of rapier-field weapon force data. Please click on the list to the left to select the topics that interest you.