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Finding the centroid or balance point of a saber is more complicated than finding the balance point of a sword. For one thing, straight swords are symmetric along their long axis. Even though they are characterized by having just one edge, sabers can come in some rather exotic shapes. Usually sabers are quit a bit heavier than swords so one might expect that adding a comparatively light tassel would not influence a sword very much and would not influence a saber at all.

What we did discover what that

  1. the short tassel tends to obscure the butterfly knot of the long tassel
  2. the tassels tangle together at the least excuse
  3. static electricity tends to make the long tassel frizz out.
  4. long and short tassels being the same color doesn’t usually look good
  5. as hard as it is to get a long tassel to flow with the weapon, it is even harder with two tassels
  6. there are some very dramatic visual effects gained by attaching both a short and a long tassel
  7. what would mortal combat be without elegant accessories
  8. I am not sure yet that the two tassels don’t  just get you killed more quickly
  9. If that’s true, it seems like an expensive trade-off just to look more dashing.
  10. On the other hand, perhaps opponents might think “Gee, his skill is so great he is willing to fight me with the handicap of extra tassels!”

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