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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 functional.  A Youtube version of the same clip follows the quoted material:     “When forged over burning human bones,...

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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 swords for the general reader. Today I’m going to draw heavily on the articles by Dr. A. Rahmmn Zaky: Introduction to the study...

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A look at early Medieval Islamic swords

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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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Back on the job…

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Admin | Comments Off

After being offline for most of the last few weeks due to medical issues and...

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News UK: Aragorn’s sword from Lord of the Rings to fetch £156,000 at auction

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in In the News | Comments Off

Dateline UK, via the London Evening Standard   Two of the mythical...

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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...

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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,...

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