Speed is scored by the average time it takes to complete 3 different combat moves.
Cutting Power is scored according to the type of target the sword can successfully cut with those combat moves.
Reach is scored by the total length of the sword.
Lancelot Open Field Sword Fighting Index
The lower the scoring index, the higher the ranking in a combat performance.
(pattern 1 speed + pattern 2 speed + pattern 3 speed) / 3
Cutting Power scoring
2 = upper arm, 1 = forearm, 0.5 = not through forearm, 1.33 = passing upper arm in 1 out of 3 patterns, 1.15 = passing 1 upper arm bone but not completely through
total length in meter
Open Field Combat favors longer swords.
Close Quarter Combat favors compact swords.
(2 meters minus total length in meter)
All Terrains, overall readiness
Average of Open Field Combat score and Close Quarter Combat score.
The score is then subtracted by 200, and subsequently turned into percentage of 100% to be more presentable on bar charts. Then it'll multiply with cutting power / 2, to emphasize the difference in cutting power.
Please note that the ranking is subjected to change from time to time to include new sword entries or to correct an estimation in cutting power that was found wrong after conducting the combat ranking cutting test. Please check back often for update.
There are people who value swords in various ways, buying swords for many different reasons. However, I have seen no one who value swords in their actual fighting ability, at least not in a systematic, scientific approach. Yet, this approach was totally historical correct, for general Qi Ji Guang mentioned in his writing that he specified his swords to be ground flat, so they can cut very well. He criticized smiths at that time to be lazy and made thick blades, only sharpening with secondary bevel. Thus when the apex got dulled, the sword could no longer cut. So one can see for life and death matter, generals back in the time care a lot more about the actual fighting ability of the swords than sword buyers nowadays do. I am the only one who carried on this tradition, perhaps.
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