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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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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

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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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Metallurgical analysis of Japanese gunto by US War Department, 1946

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Metallurgical analysis of Japanese gunto by US War Department, 1946

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Featured, Weapon Analysis, Weapons | 0 comments

Declassified in 1997, this report The Metallurgical Analysis of a Japanese Samurai Sword (a digital copy of a mimeographed copy of the...

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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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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 | 0 comments

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 | 0 comments

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

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