Ok folks, the votes are in and the overwhelming preference is for the earlier cut & thrust style fencing (88.9%). So for now that is the direction that we will head, and as most of you are willing to do research that will make this a real collaborative venture. In that vein I will be contacting those willing to lead this venture and work out the specifics as to who is in charge.
Weapon simulators: synthetics (1st choice), shinai (2nd choice), wood (3rd choice)…also the preference for a low cost choice seems to be popular (£10 to £50 range). Well then, I have good news on this front then. In the short term at least our single-handed shinai should suffice for this (I know other groups use them for “cut & thrust”). Polypropylene rapiers should be possible to build and help keep the cost down.
Links to source materials:
• http://www.marozzo.com/blog/category/bolognese/: http://www.marozzo.com/guide.html
• http://www.fioredeiliberi.org/phpBB3/viewforum.php?f=19&sid=fba9dd5a1e79a0c449dcee44d617f4b8 (16th century treatises)