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Putting the curve in a katana via quenching

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Putting the curve in a katana via quenching

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Featured, History, Video Slider, Videos, Weapon Analysis | Comments Off

When looking at the graceful curve of a katana, many imagine the smith hammering on a  folded steel blank to create the final shape. Outside of serious students of forging and the study of nihonto (Japanese...

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Japan’s Mainichi Press reporting find of a Masamune sword

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in Culture, History | Comments Off

via Mainichi Press Japan’s Mainichi Press is announcing that a  sword by famed sword smith Masamune (1264–1343) has been located — the first such find in the last 150 years — and will be on...

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Boy finds 3000-year-old Chinese brozne sword while washing hands in river

Posted by on Sep 6, 2014 in History | Comments Off

via Shanghaiist   An 11-year-old boy in Gaoyou city, Jiangsu province was...

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Analysis of English Viking graves shows half of Viking “warriors” were women

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Forensic Analysis, History | Comments Off

via USAToday  “So much for Hagar the Horrible, with his stay-at-home...

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Human Bones Burned to Make “Spirit”-Filled Swords

Posted by on Aug 31, 2014 in Culture, Weapons | Comments Off

via National Geographic Note:  The video clip in the NG article is no longer...

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Islamic swords from the 14th century on (Islamic swords Part 2)

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Islamic swords from the 14th century on (Islamic swords Part 2)

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History | Comments Off

As I mentioned in my previous article, there are few good resources on Islamic...

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A look at early Medieval Islamic swords

Early period sword

A look at early Medieval Islamic swords

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History | Comments Off

Today we’re going to start and exploration of a topic that sees little...

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