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Japanese swordwork: drawing and returning the blade

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Japanese swordwork: drawing and returning the blade

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured | 0 comments

With the upsurge in backyard cutting, not everyone who owns a katana “shinken” (live blade) has martial arts experience.  For...

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News: Scots sword-wielding WWII hero honoured by book

Posted by on Mar 29, 2014 in In the News | 0 comments

Dateline: Scotland via The Scotsman “A World War II soldier who captured 42 German troops armed only with a Scottish sword has been...

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Epee duels in modern France:  1911 through 1958 – on film

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Epee duels in modern France: 1911 through 1958 – on film

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Featured, History, Videos | 0 comments

Who would have thought that the art of the duel survived so far into modern day France?  As dueling was illegal at this period, these were...

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Last epee duel in France fought in 1967, recorded on film

Posted by on Mar 27, 2014 in Featured, History, Video Slider, Videos | Comments Off on Last epee duel in France fought in 1967, recorded on film

An unusual piece of history, the last epee duel in France was fought in 1967, between  the Mayor of Marseille and another politician.   ...

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Forensics:  Weapon-related trauma on Seiyokan cranial remains, Kamakura

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Forensics: Weapon-related trauma on Seiyokan cranial remains, Kamakura

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Featured, Forensic Analysis | Comments Off on Forensics: Weapon-related trauma on Seiyokan cranial remains, Kamakura

Based on a paper by Drs. Tomohito Nagaoka, Kazuhiro Uzawa, Kazuaki Hirata, Evidence for weapon-related traumas in medieval...

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Smithsonian’s short video on the Samurai culture of taking of heads

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Culture, History, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

The Smithsonian has released a short video on the samurai tradition of collecting the heads of defeated enemies.  In the main, historians...

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Hidden dangers: inspecting swords for flaws in practical cutting

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Hidden dangers: inspecting swords for flaws in practical cutting

Posted by on Mar 23, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | Comments Off on Hidden dangers: inspecting swords for flaws in practical cutting

Most cutting groups have a standard safety inspection of blades prior to the actual start of cutting. Swords are inspected by the owner or...

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Forensic examination determines weapons used on 9th-14th century remains, Turin, Italy

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Forensic examination determines weapons used on 9th-14th century remains, Turin, Italy

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Featured, Forensic Analysis, History | 0 comments

In this paper, Weapon-related Cranial Lesions from Medieval and Renaissance Turin, Italy, remains recovered from the Cathedral of S....

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Free Chinese Sword classics via Brennan Translation

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Culture, Featured | Comments Off on Free Chinese Sword classics via Brennan Translation

Presented with thanks to Sifu Scott Rodell, via his Tumblr blog Steel and Cotton Over the last few years, a wonderful resource for a...

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Oddities of archery:  Medieval arrowheads with twisted sockets

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Oddities of archery: Medieval arrowheads with twisted sockets

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Featured, Weapon Analysis | 0 comments

One of the more unusual and perhaps unpleasant forms of arrowheads used in Medieval Europe was found in Poland between the 8th and 12th...

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