Last weekend we decided to brave the summer heat and gathered in our hermetically sealed, super secret, Area 51 type test installation known as "Gregs backyard", where we conducted a bit of matocide on some unsuspecting tatami mats of both single and double roll configuration. Let me apologize in advance for my poor form. I twisted my back while in the gym the day before, so I was not at my most relaxed. I've been trying to get back into the gym on a regular basis since the first of the year and every day it reminds me that I'm no longer twenty years old. The wooden post used as a base is set into the ground, with the cinder blocks added for additional reinforcement. I opened the mornings festivities with the Big Johnsson, made by Peter Johnsson. A couple of cuts: My first cut was a downward cut from right to left. ...followed by an upward cut from left to right. I don't think I blew a cut with this sword all morning. As I've said before, this is an absolutely magnificent weapon that I love more every time I use it. Greg broke out the "Beast", also known as Albions St. Maurice. We took this still photo to specifically illustrate the large size of the St. Maurice. Greg is 6' 2"-3" so this sword fits him well. Getting her going! I tried the St. Maurice several times myself and we both had pretty good results this time around, now that we're getting a better feel for this massive sword. Immediately after using the St. Maurice I had Greg switch to the Albion Reeve. I wanted Greg to feel the difference between such a massive sword and one like the Reeve. He was impressed by the Reeves easy handling qualities when compared to a much larger single-hander. I had to give this butcher knife of a sword a workout too.