Here is a link to my article about weighing swords.
The main goal of this article is to provide a practical way to measure the mass distribution of swords, or at least the aspects of it that have a significant effect on handling properties. These meaningful measurements should ease the comparisons between weapons when hands-on examination is impractical. The typical situations for use of such characteristics could range from on-line reviews and purchase of reproductions or martial training tools, to the study of museum pieces.
Full article in PDF format
Companion video showing the ‘waggle test’:
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