What is the felt pad on sword blade for?

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What is the felt pad on sword blade for?

Postby Matatu Man » Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:02 am

Probably sounds like a stupid question but what is the little red felt pad on a sword blade (KT), just below the hilt, for?

Is it just for protection during shipping after manufacture and can be discarded thereafter, or should it remain in place?

The reason I ask is that I have recently joined KT and during my first full meeting the thing keeps falling off and I'm concerned about losing it.
Should I consider some way of fixing it in place if it is necessary or can I just forget about it?

The kit for KT was expensive so I want to ensure I take care of it properly. (45)
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Re: What is the felt pad on sword blade for?

Postby russellholland » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:10 pm

I think it is a shock absorber to ease the replacing of the blade in the scabbard.
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Re: What is the felt pad on sword blade for?

Postby eckywan2 » Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:33 am

exactly right Russ
as felt absorbs the ( relatively) minor vibrations there while just walking or marching
felt having come about from using wool products to cushion the harder blows from fighting
or even just running , or on horseback..... while wearing armour
In the lesser way the small part at hilt ( also) stops the wear / jingling , of sword hilt against scabbard
and rather than hide it , make it a wee red spot on our skinny short ritual swords
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