Most of the wesites that our fighters buy from I had to e-mail and ask about rockwell. Starfire has a rockwell of 50-52, will make one of a lower rockwell, and will charge more for it. Fireblood has a rockwell of 50-60, and I never heard back about makeing a lower rockwell. Darksword has a rockwell of 53, will make a lower rockwwell, and will not charge more. I e-mailed Badger as well and never got a response.
That's where Myn, Marcillius and I (in many discussions) decided on the ranger I'm proposing. The major makers blades are in that range, (which means that people swords are most likely in that range) so no one has to replace their blade.
Also as a point this is something that our marshals should be on watch for, a weapon that is damaging other weapons is not safe on the field and should be pulled by our marshals. As was said above a weapon that is to stiff will shatter, but how likely is it that any fighter who is at the steel level will bring a weapon of that type onto the field?
Well if member A has a high rockwell, while member B has a low rockwell B's sword will get more damage, and that doesn't necessarily mean that A's sword is unsafe. How likely that a member would bring a very high rockwell sword onto the field, is IMO kinda high since most members don't know what their rockwell is (if they even know what rockwell is to begin with). Files start at a rockwell of 55, and if you drop one it will shatter into several pieces.
Also how many thousandths deep does a sword have to be within our Rockwell rating?
I'm confused by this. If a piece of steel is a 40 rockwell it's 40 through and through. The size/depth doesn't matter.
Another consideration is that most of us cannot afford to have and replace custom blades. If we are going to disqualify most of the swords on the field how are we going to field any steel fighters. The current weapons on our field have not caused any problems.
That's why I'm suggesting we raise the requirements. As it stands now, with the info I have gathered, and the damage I have seen done to Myn's new blade (which I know
is 45 rockwell, the current max) I can say, with near certainty that no one in the Empire, but Myn has a 100% legal blade, as per the IMoC.
I know many of the swords have not been a problem, but I know one member her who has a blade that is refereed to as Bladebraker, and is responsible for...3 (if I'm remembering correctly) broken swords. That says to me it's a high rockwell, and if it breaks it will break bad. Just because it hasn't happened doesn't mean it never will.
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