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Hidden dangers: inspecting swords for flaws in practical cutting

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Hidden dangers: inspecting swords for flaws in practical cutting

Posted by on Mar 23, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Most cutting groups have a standard safety inspection of blades prior to the actual start of cutting. Swords are inspected by the owner or...

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Forensic examination determines weapons used on 9th-14th century remains, Turin, Italy

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Forensic examination determines weapons used on 9th-14th century remains, Turin, Italy

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Featured, Forensic Analysis, History | 0 comments

In this paper, Weapon-related Cranial Lesions from Medieval and Renaissance Turin, Italy, remains recovered from the Cathedral of S....

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Free Chinese Sword classics via Brennan Translation

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Culture, Featured | 0 comments

Presented with thanks to Sifu Scott Rodell, via his Tumblr blog Steel and Cotton Over the last few years, a wonderful resource for a...

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Oddities of archery:  Medieval arrowheads with twisted sockets

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Oddities of archery: Medieval arrowheads with twisted sockets

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Featured, Weapon Analysis | 0 comments

One of the more unusual and perhaps unpleasant forms of arrowheads used in Medieval Europe was found in Poland between the 8th and 12th...

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First Kendo video ever made: 1897

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First Kendo video ever made: 1897

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Featured, History, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Presented as a historical curiosity, this is the earliest known video of kendo practitioners.  It’s obvious the event was heavily...

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Bringing a cutting edge back to life

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Many people have been asking for information on polishing, sharpening (or otherwise re-edging) a sword used in modern test-cutting...

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Test-cutting with Eastern and Western polearms

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Test-cutting with Eastern and Western polearms

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Videos | 0 comments

Conducting tameshigiri with long polearms is another interesting exercise, and is practiced by many in the Eastern and Western martial...

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Let Fly!  A debate on the effectiveness of the English longbow

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Let Fly! A debate on the effectiveness of the English longbow

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Featured, Video Slider, Videos, Weapons | 0 comments

Over the last ten years, there has been a great debate in historian circles as to whether the English longbow was as effective a weapon of...

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Aratameshi: Testing blades to destruction

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Aratameshi: Testing blades to destruction

Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 in Featured, History, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

In proving the ability or superiority of their blades, smiths and swords owners of the late Tokugawa era (known as the Bakumatsu Period)...

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Metallugical comparison of three blades: Solingen and Toledo

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Featured, Weapon Analysis | 1 comment

In this piece we’ll be looking at metallurgical analysis of three blades from two of the most famous centres for sword production in...

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