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Unusual religious symbolism and early Medieval European weapons

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Unusual religious symbolism and early Medieval European weapons

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History, Philosophy and Theory, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

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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Why a sword feels right

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Why a sword feels right

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Philosophy and Theory | 0 comments

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

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Evaluating and appreciating nihonto: Antique Japanese blades

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Culture, Featured, Weapons | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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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European vs Japanese swordsmen:  Historical encounters in the 16th-19th centuries

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European vs Japanese swordsmen: Historical encounters in the 16th-19th centuries

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

There’s a popular, long-standing debate on the Internet as to which kind of  sword is better, or at least which would win out over...

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On engaging multiple opponents

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On engaging multiple opponents

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Philosophy and Theory, Video Slider, Videos | 1 comment

This post was sparked by an article which appeared on the blog io9.com, Something Weird Happens When Three Master Fencers Battle Fifty...

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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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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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