Cambridge Police report charging both combatants in a battle with unusual weapons on Harvard Street between Windsor and Portland streets shortly before 9 p.m. on Monday.
Roger Kay, 45, of Harvard Street, was arrested on a charge of armed assault to murder and carrying a dangerous weapon, after he tried slicing up the other guy with a machete, police say. His opponent was summonsed to court on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after he whacked Kay in the head with a field-hockey stick, police say.
Police say what began as an argument turned physical and that field-hockey guy apparently landed the first blow with his weapon, to which Kay retaliated by swinging his machete.
The other man stated that he deflected the blows with a field hockey stick, but was struck in the hand by the machete.
Field-hockey man suffered a cut finger; Kay suffered a cut hand, police say.
Police add that Kay was also packing brass knuckles and a spring-assisted knife, but did not use them during the fight. Responding officers found a machete sheath on the sidewalk, along with "numerous droplets of blood."
Police did not say what the argument was about and did not name the man who brought a field-hockey stick to a machete fight.