For the purpose of these guidelines, 'Sharps' will be defined as blades which are used as weapons.
Specifically they include the following:
While all knives or sharps need to be handled with care, knives used as personal tools or for individual tasks do not fall within the scope of these guides.
Having a Sharp Weapon:
The simple fact is that we have certain sharps because we are reenacting persons from a very specific time and place.
Furthermore we, individually, represent persons of varying roles, social class and backgrounds within that time and place.
As such, only certain individuals will carry certain items.
For example: Only a Commanding Officer will carry a Spontoon.
Like all other aspects of creating a kit, spend time with other members of the Regiment - especially with Officers and Non Coms to discuss the specific details and needs of the character you intend to reenact. You will find this will save you a great deal of time, money and aggravation.
Sharps should not be removed from their sheaths unless ordered to do so or given permission to do so by an Officer or Non Com.
In the case of a sword, this would typically be to perform a salute and would usually be limited to Officers.
Swords should not be used for dueling or fighting unless previously choreographed.
Bayonets might be affixed during a demonstration of the Manual of Arms or during a pre-arranged and pre-orchestrated public demonstration in ranks.
Sharps will never be used in a battle scenario unless pre-planned by the Commanding Officer, Safety Officer or their designee. These pre-planned scenarios will be reviewed with the specific participants
Sharps will never be thrown at an object unless a pre-arranged demonstration is orchestrated by the Commanding Officer, the Safety Officer or designee. Like Black Powder demonstrations, care will be taken to set up a safety perimeter. Other members will help provide the necessary control of spectators.
It will be the responsibility of the Commanding Officer, the Safety Officer, or their designee to determine the requirements of a specific event or venue. As requirements and regulations change, these will be communicated to the members of the Regiment.
Gardner's Regiment prepares for the 9/11 Comemoration Ceremony in Charlestown
If you have any questions regarding these Rules and Guidelines - please contact us via our Contact Us Page. If you would like to use them for your own Group or Event - Please feel free to do so - just drop us a line to let us know you have used them. Thanks!