By Eytichios Tzirtilakis
Translation in English by George E. Georgas
Once upon a time in Byzantine Empire, the wooden swords were used in common as weapons, from the time of the legendary Byzantine hero Basilios Digenis Acritas until the present days, this tradition kept alive. Behold the weapon of the poor people of Crete; it is a medieval tradition that’s fades away in the dawn of the 21st century.
The sword staff or sword stick is a staff with the shape of a curved sword; actually it is a wooden sword. This wooden sword is not a training sword such as boken, instead it is a strong wooden construction which made from a thick and hard type of wood.
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