Lochac Seneschal Drafts Response to Victorian Department of Justice

Master Delbert von Strassburg, Seneschal of the Kingdom of Lochac, is asking for discussion of a response to the Victorian Department of Justice in regard to weapons policy in Australia. Master Delbert writes:

I need some folks more knowledgeable than me to check out some points and make sure that there aren't any major errors of fact there.

This includes:

  • Bits about whaling crossbows. I can't find reference to an early start date for these, although I recall seeing one in a museum dating to 1895.
  • Types of steel used in sword construction. What is the main difference in the type of steel used to construct (say) a foil, a (SCA standard) rapier, and the type of sword a metal weapons group dude might use? They have different flexibilities because of ... ?
  • Can someone (Marshallate?) check up on draw weights of crossbows and how the metric equivalents of these things might work? Is there a standard way of measuring this? What typical draw weights of a crossbow might I find for sale in a crossbow shop? What draw weights are likely to have been used by (e.g.) Genoese mercenaries of the period?
  • Can someone find anything on classification of sword vs dagger vs knife that specifies blade lengths?
  • Check up on fire rates of ballistae and the such like (if catapults are outlawed, then only outlaws will have catapults).

Anything else?

-- Master Delbert von Strassburg
Seneschal, Kingdom of Lochac
Society for Creative Anachronism Australia

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