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Video of Evangelion-inspired sword display by All Japan Swordsmiths’ Association

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Culture, Videos | Comments Off

Paul Martin of The Japanese Sword has just released this video tour of the anime-inspired sword display, which was held last November and December in Ueno Park, Tokyo.  The display included both figures and set...

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Collected Japanese sword-related sayings from Markus Sesko

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in Culture | Comments Off

Markus Sesko is a well known specialist translator of Japanese texts, author, blogger and nihonto expert. He’s just posted the second of two articles, spaced months apart, containing a range of traditional...

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News Japan: Sword Polisher Hon’ami Koshu declared Living National Treasure

Posted by on Jul 18, 2014 in In the News | Comments Off

With thanks to The Japanese Sword Facebook page Dateline Japan via Global...

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Analysis of a 15th century Ottoman raid on the Croatian border

Ottoman manuscript

Analysis of a 15th century Ottoman raid on the Croatian border

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Featured, Forensic Analysis, History | Comments Off

Trigger warning: This post reviews forensic research on the skeletal remains...

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In the News UK: Unlucky Viking sword could be yours for £120,000

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in In the News | Comments Off

Dateline UK via Daily Mail Online “Is this England’s unluckiest...

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Background and metallurgical analysis of a ducal Renaissance blade from Racibórz

Jan Van Boendale (c.1280-1351)

Background and metallurgical analysis of a ducal Renaissance blade from Racibórz

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Featured, Weapon Analysis, Weapons | Comments Off

In 1996, during an archeological dig in a form nunnery church in Racibórz,...

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Video workshops on the training and use of spear-like polearms

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Video workshops on the training and use of spear-like polearms

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Featured, Videos, Weapons | Comments Off

Harking back to my article on the development and use of a spear as a cutting...

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