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Test-cutting with Eastern and Western polearms

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Test-cutting with Eastern and Western polearms

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Videos | Comments Off on Test-cutting with Eastern and Western polearms

Conducting tameshigiri with long polearms is another interesting exercise, and is practiced by many in the Eastern and Western martial...

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News: Photo shows Briton before death by samurai sword in 1862

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News: Photo shows Briton before death by samurai sword in 1862

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Featured, History, In the News | 0 comments

Dateline: Japan via Asahi Shimbun A rare photo of a British merchant taken before he was killed by samurai in 1862 in Yokohama, which...

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News: Modern knights learn medieval combat

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in In the News | 0 comments

Modern knights learn medieval combat at Ellensburg swordplay academy Dateline:  Ellensburg, Washington The sound of clunking wooden swords...

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Perth Japan Festival bursts out

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in In the News | 0 comments

Dateline:  Perth, Australia Perth city will get a vibrant Japanese hub tomorrow with its first Perth Japan Festival. Festival president...

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Let Fly!  A debate on the effectiveness of the English longbow

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Let Fly! A debate on the effectiveness of the English longbow

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Featured, Video Slider, Videos, Weapons | Comments Off on Let Fly! A debate on the effectiveness of the English longbow

Over the last ten years, there has been a great debate in historian circles as to whether the English longbow was as effective a weapon of...

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Aratameshi: Testing blades to destruction

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Aratameshi: Testing blades to destruction

Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 in Featured, History, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

In proving the ability or superiority of their blades, smiths and swords owners of the late Tokugawa era (known as the Bakumatsu Period)...

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Metallugical comparison of three blades: Solingen and Toledo

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Featured, Weapon Analysis | 0 comments

In this piece we’ll be looking at metallurgical analysis of three blades from two of the most famous centres for sword production in...

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Test-cutting clay: the Cossack experience

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Test-cutting clay: the Cossack experience

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Among the target mediums which are listed for used in test-cutting is, oddly enough, clay.  Various researchers have delved into European...

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Medieval alchemy and weapon making

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Medieval alchemy and weapon making

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in Featured, History | Comments Off on Medieval alchemy and weapon making

Since many consider medieval alchemy to be the forerunner of modern chemistry and metallurgy, it shouldn’t be surprising that...

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The Honourable Second: Forensic evidence of medieval kaishaku in seppuku

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The Honourable Second: Forensic evidence of medieval kaishaku in seppuku

Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 in Featured, Forensic Analysis, Video Slider, Videos | Comments Off on The Honourable Second: Forensic evidence of medieval kaishaku in seppuku

Within the practice of modern iaido and other Japanese sword arts, there remain katas which echo a solemn duty any samurai could be called...

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