Here, each competitor randomly selects a conker from a bag, rather than play with his own equipment.
It's a beautiful thing, the leather rich brown and shiny as a conker and trimmed with brass.
No danger of falling coconuts there, just the occasional conker .
Competition in the ring was ferocious as fearless competitors risked their knuckles and aimed to split the conker at the end of a leather string held by their opponent.
‘We take the conker out on the pub crawl and then before a match it gets passed around and we rub it rather hopefully,’ Dave continued.
Baking a conker makes it more likely to shatter.
An old date book, a leaf from a tree in Greece, a conker from Paris, a knife stolen from the Ritz, part of a love letter, etc. - all are carefully arranged to create the best effect.
I picked up a shiny, fresh conker in the street as I walked around Canonbury and Highbury for a couple of hours.
Did you opt for a few preliminary skirmishes to test out the ability of your conker to achieve the all important swing/force ratio, or did you immediately challenge the owner of the champion conker in the hope of immediate glory.
The inevitable dehydration that this involves causes the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds and cushions the brain to dry up, allowing the brain to rattle around inside the skull like a conker in a biscuit tin.