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Sickle - Synthetic Trainer Grey
Sickle - Synthetic Trainer Grey

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Our synthetic sickle was designed to be sturdy enough for hooking the arms, legs or body as depicted in Mair’s compendium yet be flexible enough for safe sparring (with adequate protective gear). It requires no maintenance, though for best results it should be stored out of the sun in a cool, dry place. The sickle features a 4.25" (108mm) rubberized handle for a secure and comfortable grip and is 16" (406mm) overall length with an 16.5" (420mm) curved blade.

The sickle is one of the unconventional weapons detailed in the massive mid 16th century Opus Amplissimum de Arte Athetica compiled by Paulus Hector Mair (1517-1579). Three versions of this multi volume compendium have been preserved: the BSB Cod.icon. 393(1/2) in Latin, Mscr. Dred. C 93/94 in Early New High German and Codex Vindobensis 10825/26 in both Latin and German. Mair lived in Augsburg and was a civil servant and fencing enthusiast, though there is no evidence that he ever certified as a fencing master.

There has been some debate on whether the techniques of the sickle and the other “peasant weapons” depicted in the compendium were based on actual observation of contemporary peasants or speculation by Mair, but in either case the 16 illustrated pages devoted to the sickle depict and describe a variety of attacks and counters that include strikes, parries, hooks, disarms and grapples.

Although Mair believed that fencing in its various forms was instrumental in building character, he apparently didn’t do enough of it to keep him from embezzling money from the Augsburg city coffers so that he could live well beyond his means. He was ultimately hanged as a thief at the age of 62. Don’t make his mistake! Order our sickles and train hard!

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I'm not sure about sparring with the sickle yet, but it looks like fun!

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  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 July 11, 2019
Reviewer: Nash Winslow from Statesville, NC United States  
A very nice, quick, and nimble trainer for a good price

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
4 of 5 Affordable and durable October 13, 2017
Reviewer: Anonymous Person  
Congratulations for developing an affordable and durable training sickle! The sickle has endured the test of time as an important european domestic weapon, which the recent interest of Hema has brought to the light of the general public. As a practitioner, I would like to see some modifications to the handle make it more rounded and thus maneuverable for training in the complexities of this weapon from which it gains its power, however but it stands as a perfectly adequate for training in simple form and movement.

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  1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Very fun to use January 18, 2017
Reviewer: Ian Hollier from Sandy, UT United States  
Lighting fast, hooks excellently, and, much to my surprise, it is fun to throw.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Synthetic Sickle April 13, 2016
Reviewer: anna from MN United States  
Came as ordered. Customer Service made sure I got them when I needed them.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Great product and speedy! February 5, 2016
Reviewer: Rachael Kozlowski from Peabody, MA United States  
My husband wanted this product and it was exactly what he expected. Nicely made and the shipping was quick. In fact, we ordered a second one so that he can bring it to his fencing group and work with others.

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