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The blacksmiths of Telangana and tracing the origins of wootz steel

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Featured, History, In the News | 2 comments

The idea for this post started when I came across a fascinating short article from the Hans India newspaper. In Blacksmiths of Telangana:...

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1892 Report by  US Consul: Collecting weapons in China

Historic photo, circa 1900.

1892 Report by US Consul: Collecting weapons in China

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Culture, Featured, History | 0 comments

An interesting look into the crystal ball of arms collecting history is provided by Edward Bedloe, who served as US Consul to...

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New Encyclopedia of Japanese Sword Terms

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Culture, History | 0 comments

For those who might be interested, a new  book from Markus Sesko is now available through Lulu.com in hardcover, softcover and ebook...

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Putting the curve in a katana via quenching

photo by Mark Vegas

Putting the curve in a katana via quenching

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Featured, History, Video Slider, Videos, Weapon Analysis | 0 comments

When looking at the graceful curve of a katana, many imagine the smith hammering on a  folded steel blank to create the final shape....

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Boy finds 3000-year-old Chinese brozne sword while washing hands in river

Posted by on Sep 6, 2014 in History | 0 comments

via Shanghaiist   An 11-year-old boy in Gaoyou city, Jiangsu province was washing his hands in a river when he stumbled upon a...

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Analysis of English Viking graves shows half of Viking “warriors” were women

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Forensic Analysis, History | 0 comments

via USAToday  “So much for Hagar the Horrible, with his stay-at-home wife, Helga. Viking women may have equaled men moving to...

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Islamic swords from the 14th century on (Islamic swords Part 2)

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Islamic swords from the 14th century on (Islamic swords Part 2)

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History | 0 comments

As I mentioned in my previous article, there are few good resources on Islamic swords for the general reader. Today I’m going to...

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A look at early Medieval Islamic swords

Early period sword

A look at early Medieval Islamic swords

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History | 0 comments

Today we’re going to start and exploration of a topic that sees little light;  Medieval Islamic swords.  With the exception of a...

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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 | 0 comments

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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New history of tameshigiri by Markus Sesko now available!

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Culture, History | 0 comments

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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