Why would you maim it instead of thrusting the spike into the face/forehead and getting to the brain just as easily as hitting it on the crown of the head?
I'm not knocking it, any combat style practised well can be effective, but having practised fencing back at uni, I'd not say it would be overly effective.
Your instructor sounds like one of those, probably very skilled, but shortsighted people who think their style is superiour to anyone elses and so dismiss other people's. I've ran into quite a few over the years, they usually fail to adapt when confronted by something new and so fail.
I've always taken the approach than sticking to one style out a sense of purity is silly, take what works from wherever you can find it. If you tried fencing against butterfly swords, you have one chance to take me out with a perfect hit as I close, fail to do so and you wont be able to use your weapon, whilst mine are perfectly suited to a series of incredibly rapid attacks over a large target area and I can easily reverse my grip and strike from various angles whilst you are restricted to recovering between each strike.
Like I said, I've no doubt fencing can be effective, and it usualy comes down to the skill of the practioner more than the style. But I'd advise you losing the "its not a combat weapon" thing, its incredibly restrictive to your outlook. Anything is a weapon and should be treated as such.
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Yes, a flail would be terrible to use. They take years of practice to be effective and require way too much open space to get a solid hit in. You need to assume you're in a space where you can't really swing a weapon, this is where a thrusting weapon becomes superior and the morning star is the best of both worlds.
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Or worse, your 'star gets wedged.
The front is nice and soft, but a morning star's spikes are usually 4-6 inches long. You find me someone with a brain that protected by 4 inches of face and skull and I'll show you the extinction of humanity.
As for getting wedged? There's literally no way it could get wedged with a thrust to the face, the spike goes in and hits the center mass. It's pretty hard to get a simple spike wedged in a decaying face.
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Also, I think a flanged mace would be easier to keep in shape, Morning star spikes would have a habit of falling out.
Unless your a ninja that trained for the apocalypse all his life and acquired a zen like state that he ismable to keep it up for days at a time, a simply sharp enough sword will do more.
Either way, a Leaf Blade beats both. as it takes the strengths of both.
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You should totally ask this question, exactly like that, at swordforum.com.