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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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Smithsonian’s short video on the Samurai culture of taking of heads

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Culture, History, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

The Smithsonian has released a short video on the samurai tradition of collecting the heads of defeated enemies.  In the main, historians...

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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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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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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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Medieval alchemy and weapon making

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Medieval alchemy and weapon making

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in Featured, History | 0 comments

Since many consider medieval alchemy to be the forerunner of modern chemistry and metallurgy, it shouldn’t be surprising that...

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Comparing Medieval images of European and Japanese sword polishers

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Comparing Medieval images of European and Japanese sword polishers

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

Several recent discussions on various  blogs and web forums examined marginalia images from middle-to-late Medieval and early Renaissance...

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Lectures on the Samurai: In War and Culture

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Culture, History, Videos | 0 comments

With thanks to the folk at Medievalist.net, here are three lectures on the dichotomy between warfare and esthetic culture in the life of...

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Myths and realities of Yadome – Arrow cutting

Posted by on Dec 21, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, History, Videos | 0 comments

Few images in Japanese myth and storytelling are more dramatic than that of a bushi in combat, taking a stand before attacking archers,...

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A look at a dark past: forensic analysis of tameshigiri remains

Posted by on Dec 15, 2013 in Culture, Cutting Arts, Featured, Forensic Analysis, History | 0 comments

The history of tameshigiri in Japan wavers between the exhibition of skill in cutting straw or bamboo targets, to the proofing of blades...

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