This survey asks you to test the flexibility of a blade using the standard Society flex test. For a video demonstration of this test, please see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He9Xv3LMTgM Currently the Society test is defined as follows:
B. BLADE FLEXIBILITY TESTING
If doubt exists about a weapon's flexibility, an acceptable field test is: Hold weapon parallel to the ground, supporting handle against table or bench if necessary. Hang a 3-ounce weight (85 grams) just behind the tip. If the blade of a dagger (out to 18" blade length) flexes
visibly (more than 1/4 inch <6 mm>), the blade is sufficiently flexible. For a rapier blade (greater than 18"), the flex must be 1/2 inch (12 mm).
For the purposes of this data gathering, we are asking you to test with a 3 ounce weight AND a 6 ounce weight, and to report the amount of deflection for each (not simply pass/fail). With this data in hand, we hope we will be able to set good standards. (Note: 1 oz. fishing weights from walmart seemed to be reasonable accurate but confirming with a scale is always preferred.)
The survey will allow you to report on up to six blades at once. If you have more blades to report results for, please fill out the form a second time and submit it. Questions referring to a specific blade say "For blade #1: (question)" and repeat for each blade.