Johnathan Atwood

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About Johnathan Atwood

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    Deck Swabber
  • Birthday 10/29/1976

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    http://www.ripirateplayers.org/

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    Male
  • Location
    Isle of Rhodes
  • Interests
    Sailin', Stabbin', Shootin'
  1. The demise of the rapier as the weapon of choice

    Daniel covered a good amount of the history and fine points (if you'll forgive the pun). I'm just going to jump in as a martial arts fencer (as opposed to Olympic), and instructor. What we have here is evolution at work. The rapiers that first developed in the late 15th century were more similar to medieval style swords than their descendants. They had the thickest blades (usually and inch and a quarter in width), and were equally effective at cutting and thrusting. They had quillons that were thick, and very like earlier crosspieces. Due to the weight of the blade many early fencers gripped their forefinger over the quillon in order to have better control of their weapon, especially while thrusting. As armoured gauntlets were going by the wayside due to the introduction of firearms rings were added to protect the fingers. Eventually a knuckle bow was added, and the hand was better protected. The swept hilt developed from this. As various nations, namely Italy, Spain, France, and Germany developed their own styles of rapier fighting they also started developing their own guards. German General Gottfried Heinrich Graf zu Pappenheim developed the style named after him: highly decorated grillwork or shells in the rings of the anneau. His blades remained thick as they were a military sword. In the late 1500s, early 1600s you see the bell shaped guards replacing the swept hilt, and quillons becoming longer. This is true mostly in Spain and France. Sadly, England got to the game late as they actually passed laws against fencing schools in the 13th century where heavier blades were preferred. Blades thinned started thinning over time. Early rapiers were thick and mostly used for cutting like their ancestors. Most of the "standard" attacks were countered by moving, or parrying with a dagger. Then, just after 1600 Di Grassi (my hero) wrote his treatise on rapier fencing and pointed out that the thrust is the fastest way to kill the other guy, and that the best strategy to use was one where you killed the other guy first, and didn't get injured yourself. Angelo Viggiani then developing the lunge, followed by Vincentio Saviolo who went even further than Di Grassi in favoring the thrust over the cut. Due to rapiers being used for thrusting over cutting they no longer possessed the weight to cut by percussion and began to be on average 40 inches in blade length alone. Because of this fences, when they had to cut, were using the draw cut. In order to do this properly you place your blade on your opponent and push or pull your blade. If you try and "thwack" them, your blade will use most of its energy bouncing off. These thinner, thrusting weapons eventually started becoming smaller again as they were used more for dueling by citizenry, and not used in warfare as often. several hundred years of experimentation had made complex swordplay where the lightest, fastest possible weapon usually won. The weapon's component parts–the quillons, cup, knucklebow and pas d'âne–all shrank down to the smallest useful size. The result was the'small sword,' a weapon that eclipsed the rapier completely in the 1700s.
  2. Period Schooner For Sale!

    Just as an update, I went to see her a few weeks back, and she is in good, not great condition. Currently shopping banks, as I have 20% of my startup.
  3. Period Schooner For Sale!

    So, in all seriousness, I have been talking with the current owner since Feb. Just took a look at her most recent survey today. I have a good business plan for using her to do educational tours. Looking for potential silent partners to buy shares in her. Message me if you are interested in learning more. I'll update as I go through the process of buying her. So, in all seriousness, I have been talking with the current owner since Feb. Just took a look at her most recent survey today. I have a good business plan for using her to do educational tours. Looking for potential silent partners to buy shares in her. Message me if you are interested in learning more. I'll update as I go through the process of buying her.
  4. GAoP Period Correct Working Songs

    William, that is a great thread. Thank you. I am pasting the link that you had shared on it so that it may be found more easily by others: http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k59621&pageid=icb.page253584 . With that said, anyone else know any other great sources? (oddly enough the pirate re-enactor is greedy)
  5. GAoP Period Correct Working Songs

    I am looking for a few period correct working songs that can be cited. I know there are a few great sources for songs, such as Henry Playford's "Wit and Mirth", but does anyone have some GAoP sources for ones used to work the vessels? Many thanks!
  6. Massachusetts/New England Pyrates!

    Pixel Pirate, are you looking for a crew? We are always recruiting.
  7. Round Ball Moulds

    Thankee gents! Much obliged!
  8. Round Ball Moulds

    I am looking for some period accurate moulds for .735 round balls and a pouring ladle that can be used in an encampment. Suggestions?
  9. Pirate Ship Defiance

    Our project to build a pirate ship is LIVE! Once Pirate Ship Defiance is built she will be used to educate children and adults about pirate and privateer life during the Golden Age of Piracy! Please click to pledge, and share with your friends! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/484178458/building-pirate-ship-defiance
  10. Pirate Ship Defiance

    Commodore, That sounds like a very fun project! Please post pics as you progress.
  11. Pirate Ship Defiance

    Here is our first "teaser" video. Our Kickstarter campaign starts on the 15th of July! Follow us on Facebook.com!
  12. Pirate Ship Defiance promotional video 1

    This is the first, rough and ready video. <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WqZGbXeMaZg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Visit our website at www.pirateshipdefiance.com Please follow us on Facebook. We'll be starting a Twitter account soon. Kickstarter campaign starts on July 15th, 2013!
  13. GAoP Privateers' colours

    Thankee Foxe!
  14. Pirate Ship Defiance

    Jib: Thankee. We are very excited about this project. One of the few years when I am looking more forward to the end of sailing season than the beginning. Jake: I haven't seen any sources for Low on a pinky schooner, just sloops. Do you have a good to reference? Low, Lowther, and Harris are some of my personal favorites as I cruise from Narragansett to Cape Anne.
  15. Pirate Ship Defiance

    That is very strange. I tried the link above and it didn't work, but put in http://pirateshipdefiance.com and was greatly relieved to see that we are still up and running. The difference of a slash, eh? Our demensions are 78ft tip to tip, 58ft at the rail, 15ft at the beem. there's a fo'c'stle, crew quarters, galley, and engine room below. Defiance will sleep 13 comfortably. No great guns, but we are planning on some swivels. Defiance will actually be the sister ship to the pinky schooner Ardelle (http://schoonerardelle.com), which is owned and operated by Capt. Burnham. However, we're going to have slightly different deck furniture to be truer to period.