Since taking on this role, the two questions that have come to me most often are
1) When will new blades be approved?
2) Can I experiment with ______ ?
After Pennsic I will work with the Kingdom Rapier Marshals to create a framework for running an experiment. We'll discuss the results expected from an experiment; how data can be generated, gathered, and reported; and how to evaluate the results. New blades will be discussed as a specific type of experiment, and we'll determine criteria for evaluating a new blade. I will also be designating a deputy to oversee blades being evaluated.
Once these pieces are in place, I will welcome proposals for experiments and new blades to be evaluated.