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  • "the English have adopted the following method, and no swords are admitted into their service that will not sustain the criterion. After beling well ground to a gauge, and weighed to see that they are conformable to the scale, they are struck, back and edge over a block of wood. This is called chopping. They are then struck flatways on an even surface of wood; this is called slapping; and finally, they are sprung to 27 inches. Every warranted sword undergoes this proof before it is used in action." (citation in list description)

    October 9, 2008