Lord Siegfried writes:
To all who receive this ... Please forward to any/all Combat Archery mailing lists, archers, & Marshals.
After consultation with numerous officers & Society Earl Marshal Hrothgar ... The following ruling is going into effect:"Effective immediately, due to manufacturing issues, all one-piece Baldar Blunts are banned from use on the field. These are the style of blunt that have been made for the last two years, that are all black and from a single mold. Baldar Blunts made of a two-piece mold are fine. Marshals, when inspecting Baldar Blunts that are all-black, look for the circumferential partition line that will exist on two-piece blunts and fail any that do not exhibit this."
For reference (I will get some better pictures up later), here are some photos I snagged from the web (Thanks NorthStar):
Old two-part mold blunts: http://www.northstararchery.com/images/black_blunts.jpg
New one-part mold blunt: http://www.northstararchery.com/images/Resized/NStar17.jpg
NOTE: Duke Baldar has graciously offered to replace ALL one-piece mold blunts with the older two-piece style at his cost. Details of how to effect said replacement will be posted on his website soon: http://houseasgard.com/BaldarBlunts/
ALSO: Just for your information, Duke Baldar has decided for various reasons at this point, that other than the replacement batch for the last 2 years worth of blunts, that he will not be making any more Baldar Blunts. All two-part blunts in service will remain legal in Society Rules. He is investigating switching over to providing UHMW style blunts instead in the future.
Again, please forward this email to all CA mailing lists & Marshals to ensure that everyone knows.
If you have any questions about this ruling, please contact me at this email address.
Lord Siegfried Sebastian Faust
Deputy Society Earl Marshal for Combat Archery