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The falchion in Eastern Europe during the 13th – 16th centuries

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The falchion in Eastern Europe during the 13th – 16th centuries

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Featured, Video Slider, Videos, Weapon Analysis, Weapons | Comments Off on The falchion in Eastern Europe during the 13th – 16th centuries

Today we’ll be looking at falchions and similar weapons recovered in archeological digs in Eastern Europe, specifically from the...

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The debate on Japanese swordsmanship based on skeletal trauma

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The debate on Japanese swordsmanship based on skeletal trauma

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in Featured, Forensic Analysis, History | 0 comments

How did medieval Japanese warriors (bushi) fight and act on the battlefield during the classic 14th century Kamakura period?  What were...

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Collecting, authenticating and appraising antique weapons

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Culture, Featured, Video Slider, Weapons | 0 comments

You’ve decided to collect antique swords?  Congratulations;  it’s an interesting and exciting hobby, but you’ve got your...

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Newsreel footage of Wilkinson sword manufacture 1946-65

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Newsreel footage of Wilkinson sword manufacture 1946-65

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in Featured, History, Video Slider, Videos | Comments Off on Newsreel footage of Wilkinson sword manufacture 1946-65

From British Pathé (formerly known as Pathé News), here are several newsreels on Wilkinson sword manufacturing.  The first is a short...

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Examining arrow and bolt heads from the siege of Crusader Castle Arsuf, 1265

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Examining arrow and bolt heads from the siege of Crusader Castle Arsuf, 1265

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Featured, Weapon Analysis, Weapons | 0 comments

In 1265, the Crusader castle of Arsuf in the Kingdom of Jerusalem was attacked by an forces of the Mamluk Sultanate.  The castle...

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A quick look at the kusarigama – sickle and chain

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A quick look at the kusarigama – sickle and chain

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Featured, Video Slider, Videos, Weapons | Comments Off on A quick look at the kusarigama – sickle and chain

A staple in many ninja movies, the kusarigama — known as the sickle and chain, though historically rope was often used —...

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On realism and wound effects in test cutting

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On realism and wound effects in test cutting

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Philosophy and Theory, Video Slider, Videos | Comments Off on On realism and wound effects in test cutting

Generally speaking, when tameshigiri practitioners — Eastern or Western — perform test cutting, their objective is to cleanly...

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News: Secret sword returns to Wallace Monument

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in In the News | 0 comments

Dateline Scotland via The Daily Record The legendary Wallace Sword has been reinstalled in its home at the National Wallace Monument...

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The Asian war bow: the physics of  Asian archery

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The Asian war bow: the physics of Asian archery

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Featured, Video Slider, Videos, Weapons | 0 comments

Serving as an introduction to the physics of historic military technology, we’ll look at a paper by Timo A. Nieminen which examines...

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A global weapon: the Man-catcher

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Featured, Video Slider, Videos, Weapons | 0 comments

We’re going to go a little far afield from blades in this post, with a look at a non-lethal weapon whose design was found in...

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