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9/20/09 3:07 P

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I bought the Balady Scimitar from Kult of Athena. It is heavy, but looks cool and balances great. Mine was put together kind of rough, but you can't tell from a yard away.

Personally, I would not want a notched sword. You should be able to find the balance point without a notch, and any notching diminishes your options for resale or trade.

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9/14/09 9:02 A

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If you notch your sword to mark the perfect balance point for your sword you don't need a scarf or gel. Just notch your sword on a spot just out side where you want your head to be. Make sure you can feel the notch easily with your fingers. When you raise the sword to your head, just feel for the notch. Use the notch to help you position the sword on your head exactly where you want it to be.

Patience. Balance. Moderation.

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9/14/09 8:40 A

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I would say that I got lucky when I got mine off ebay... because most of the dancers I know went somewhere I tried them out. If the hilt (handle)follows the natural curve of the sword is best. As for balancing on your head, if you have fine hair and don't want to use a scarf or turban, use a little gel/hairspray in that one spot to give some "stick" to your sword. Lots and lots of practice in the grass, so the sword doesn't feel so sad when it falls off!!! I love my sword!!!

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9/13/09 8:21 P

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Any store that supplies belly dancers should have a selection of dance swords you can choose from. The place I go to right now is in Salt Lake City, UT. That's probably not going to work for you. When I lived in MT, I got my swords via the internet. There are even more sites that offer a selection of swords online now. Turkish and Egyptian dance swords are usually very good. The ones for Tribal are often very well balanced, though heavier than most dance swords. Just make sure you read the sites return policy very carefully before you order a sword online. Sometimes it takes a couple of attempt before you find a sword you like. And make sure it is a dance sword you are ordering. That is a particular type of sword. Dance swords are different from other types of swords and made specifically for dancing.

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9/13/09 6:50 P

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Where can I buy a nice balanced sword to dance with? While we're at it, do you have any tips? Thanks in advance! :)

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