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

Dateline UK, via the London Evening Standard   Two of the mythical weapons used by stars in the battle for Middle Earth in the Lord...

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Collected Japanese sword-related sayings from Markus Sesko

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in Culture | Comments Off on Collected Japanese sword-related sayings from Markus Sesko

Markus Sesko is a well known specialist translator of Japanese texts, author, blogger and nihonto expert. He’s just posted the...

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Analysis of a 15th century Ottoman raid on the Croatian border

Ottoman manuscript

Analysis of a 15th century Ottoman raid on the Croatian border

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014 in Featured, Forensic Analysis, History | Comments Off on Analysis of a 15th century Ottoman raid on the Croatian border

Trigger warning: This post reviews forensic research on the skeletal remains from a small town in what is now Croatia.  As part of this...

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In the News UK: Unlucky Viking sword could be yours for £120,000

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in In the News | Comments Off on In the News UK: Unlucky Viking sword could be yours for £120,000

Dateline UK via Daily Mail Online “Is this England’s unluckiest sword? Viking broadsword was on the losing side of four of...

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Background and metallurgical analysis of a ducal Renaissance blade from Racibórz

Jan Van Boendale (c.1280-1351)

Background and metallurgical analysis of a ducal Renaissance blade from Racibórz

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Featured, Weapon Analysis, Weapons | Comments Off on Background and metallurgical analysis of a ducal Renaissance blade from Racibórz

In 1996, during an archeological dig in a form nunnery church in Racibórz, Poland, a broken iron sword was discovered in one grave.  This...

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Video workshops on the training and use of spear-like polearms

credit: Wikipedia

Video workshops on the training and use of spear-like polearms

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Featured, Videos, Weapons | Comments Off on Video workshops on the training and use of spear-like polearms

Harking back to my article on the development and use of a spear as a cutting as well as thrusting  weapon, here are videos of two...

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New history of tameshigiri by Markus Sesko now available!

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Culture, History | Comments Off on New history of tameshigiri by Markus Sesko now available!

Markus Sesko is a well-known specialist author and translator of Japanese texts, with a personal focus on nihonto (Japanese swords) and...

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News Japan: 109 historic artifacts, half of them swords, missing or stolen

Posted by on Jul 5, 2014 in In the News | Comments Off on News Japan: 109 historic artifacts, half of them swords, missing or stolen

Dateline Japan, via the Asahi Shibumi “More than 100 historic items, including a Kamakura Period (1192-1333) sword listed as a...

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Japan’s NHK-TV’s “Real Samurai” documentary on Katori Shinto Ryu

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Culture, Video Slider, Videos, Weapons | Comments Off on Japan’s NHK-TV’s “Real Samurai” documentary on Katori Shinto Ryu

A production of Japan’s NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai, or Japan Broadcasting Corporation), this roughly 45 minute documentary —...

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Images of oldest existing manuscript on swords and swordsmiths in Japan, and more

credit: National Diet Library, Japan

Images of oldest existing manuscript on swords and swordsmiths in Japan, and more

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Featured, History | Comments Off on Images of oldest existing manuscript on swords and swordsmiths in Japan, and more

I’m very pleased to post this rarely-mentioned find, of interest to those who study the Japanese martial arts or nihonto:  online...

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