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Japanese Metalwork Technique book and film Kickstarter by Ford Hallam

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Culture, In the News, Videos | 0 comments

For those interested in metal art crafting and Japanese metalworking techniques, this Kickstarter is in it’s final hours (8pm EDT...

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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

photo credit Dave Bledsoe

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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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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A quick look at the kusarigama – sickle and chain

photo by Katie

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

photo by Rick Gordon

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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