You can considerably spare your sword by warding off with the flat side (the upper side or under side) instead of with the edges. This prevents dents in the blade and thus makes sure that your sword will keep its quality for a longer period of time. Don’t hold the blade vertically, but in a hook of approx. 45 degrees, as a result of which the blow will be repelled. This way you make sure that there won’t be too much pressure on the rod construction of the sword.
If a historical sharp sword was used for parrying in a wrong way, this would mean that within a short period of time those swords could be used as a saw in a way of speaking. Certainly when we know that the modern techniques of working steel is more advanced than 500 years ago. The weapons used for fighting have a side with a minimum thickness of 3 mm and thus they are less susceptible for dents as historical models.
It is also important to never catch a hostile blow with full strength. Historically seen this had the least preference. In a fight the strength was moved from the opponent towards you. When this was warded off with full strength and statically with the sword, an unnecessary pressure was put on the material. If you should ward of a blow of another weapon, do this preferably with the “strong” of the blade, the part that is closer to the cross-guard. As this part of the blade is wider, it is better suitable for catching blows. It is better to immediately ward of this blow, in that case you have the possibility to do a counter attack.
The footwork is also very important, it makes the fight less static and makes sure that you have the possibility to apply techniques in a next attack. Besides it often spares you the impact of direct “strength shifting” towards you and your weapons.
Many battle-ready weapons have a warranty of two years, provided that they have been used correctly and have not been exposed to rough impacts or wrong usage. A sword can be used so many times (correctly), that material fatigue occurs. This it not covered by our warranty policy. If you want to know for sure that a weapon is covered, please send us an e-mail.
Performing the proceedings described above is entirely at your own risk.