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Some thoughts on spears and cutting: the universal weapon

photo by Kevin Harber

Some thoughts on spears and cutting: the universal weapon

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | Comments Off on Some thoughts on spears and cutting: the universal weapon

Spears are the universal weapon, and one of the earliest tools mankind invented.   From a whittled, fire-hardened tree branch to...

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UK Royal Armouries YouTube series: “Behind the scenes at the Royal Armouries”

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Culture, Featured, Video Slider, Videos, Weapons | Comments Off on UK Royal Armouries YouTube series: “Behind the scenes at the Royal Armouries”

While conducting research for a number of upcoming articles, I ran across the Royal Armouries‘ video YouTube channel. While they...

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Japanese horseback archery hits Australian beach for world first

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in In the News | Comments Off on Japanese horseback archery hits Australian beach for world first

Dateline Australia, via ABC Far North Queensland “Think either horse riding or archery is hard? Imagine combining the two. For the...

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Japanese man-cave, circa 1890’s

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Japanese man-cave, circa 1890’s

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Featured, History | Comments Off on Japanese man-cave, circa 1890’s

Just for a bit of historical comic relief:  A Japanese man-cave, photograph from the 1890’s.

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Skeleton executed by sword blows to head poses questions on Norman Conquest

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in In the News | Comments Off on Skeleton executed by sword blows to head poses questions on Norman Conquest

Dateline: UK via Culture/24 UK An unusual set of battlefield burials have led to the skeleton of the first ever human discovery directly...

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Unusual religious symbolism and early Medieval European weapons

Image by Peter Johnsson

Unusual religious symbolism and early Medieval European weapons

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History, Philosophy and Theory, Video Slider, Videos | Comments Off on Unusual religious symbolism and early Medieval European weapons

Weapons in every culture have been inscribed with religious and other symbols as marks of prestige, to show the faith of the bearer, or to...

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Japanese Metalwork Technique book and film Kickstarter by Ford Hallam

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Culture, In the News, Videos | Comments Off on Japanese Metalwork Technique book and film Kickstarter by Ford Hallam

For those interested in metal art crafting and Japanese metalworking techniques, this Kickstarter is in it’s final hours (8pm EDT...

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Why a sword feels right

photo by Brent Flanders

Why a sword feels right

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Philosophy and Theory | Comments Off on Why a sword feels right

Many readers will have had the experience of shopping for modern, practical cutting swords, both replicas of ancient swords and modern...

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Evaluating and appreciating nihonto: Antique Japanese blades

photo by Geekly Things

Evaluating and appreciating nihonto: Antique Japanese blades

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Culture, Featured, Weapons | Comments Off on Evaluating and appreciating nihonto: Antique Japanese blades

In an earlier article ( Collecting, authenticating and appraising antique weapons ) we looked at the basic process for identifying antique...

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More on opening Champagne with a sword

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More on opening Champagne with a sword

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Culture, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | Comments Off on More on opening Champagne with a sword

Yesterday I posted an interesting — and humorous — news piece on how to open a bottle of Champagne with a sword, known as...

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