As I’ve mentioned before, I’d like to learn that double-shashka Cossack swordplay…. if only because it’s so cool 🙂 The Yang-style taiji sabre I bought is great for its purpose (for which I am using it) but, as it turns out, Tom was right, and it doesn’t handle too well as a substitute shashka. Of course, I could get a couple of short poles and just use those, but that wouldn’t be the same, would it?
So – again, as mentioned before – I’ve been seeing if shashkas can be bought online… There are two options, essentially: a “battle-ready” version from Windlass of India (for some reason, they call it a “shasqua”), that can take an edge:
Alternatively, there’s a display version from Denix of Spain, which supposedly handles like a real weapon, but can’t be sharpened.
The Windlass shashka can be bought from kultofathena.com for a good price, but to be honest it doesn’t get good reviews, either for quality or for handling. I looked into buying the Denix version from gunsandswords.com, but even though their price is really good, the shipping costs bring into not-worth-it territory for me.
Eventually I had my “D’oh” moment. I’m in China, after all, where pretty much everything and anything is made and available. So, let’s see what’s on the market here…
A few moments later, I’d found this on Taobao:
Let’s face it, for less than 30 pounds / 43 US dollars / 60 Singapore dollars, it’s a steal….
I’ll let you know how they handle when they arrive….