Re: Mixing metaphors?

Subject: Re: Mixing metaphors?
From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 16:31:48 -0500

> My understanding of the "double-edged" or "two-edged" sword
> metaphor was that single-edge swords can be gripped at two points,
> in the manner of a staff - one hand maintains its grip on the
> handle, but the other hand can grip/support the blunt back of
> the blade to strongly block an opponent's cut, or to press the blade
> strongly against armor or to overpower a weaker block - while
> double-edge swords can be gripped (with safety) only at the
> handle end. The double-edge sword allows you to cut on both
> the advancing and the receding strokes, but constrains you
> to handle it only by the handle (reducing your levrage) lest
> you cut yourself.

Ah but it depends on the sword. You wouldn't be gripping the other end
of a short sword no matter the edges because it's designed for
thrusting and deflecting. A long sword, on the other hand, requires
both hands at the hilt, so on the other hand you have the same end of
the stick. ;) Then you have bastard swords, which can be wielded with
one or two hands, but are almost always dual-edged, so that really
kills half the debate. Now, in the case of a saber...


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shouldn't burn both ends of the hand in the bush.

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