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Putting the curve in a katana via quenching

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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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Background and metallurgical analysis of a ducal Renaissance blade from Racibórz

Jan Van Boendale (c.1280-1351)

Background and metallurgical analysis of a ducal Renaissance blade from Racibórz

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Featured, Weapon Analysis, Weapons | 0 comments

In 1996, during an archeological dig in a form nunnery church in Racibórz, Poland, a broken iron sword was discovered in one grave.  This...

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Fact-checking fight-books: comparing historic injury patterns to strikes in modern European sword arts

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Featured, History, Weapon Analysis | 0 comments

Are practitioners of modern Western (European or Renaissance) martial arts actually replicating combat as it was practiced hundreds of...

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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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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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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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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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Metallugical comparison of three blades: Solingen and Toledo

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Featured, Weapon Analysis | 0 comments

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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Metallurgical analysis of 9th century Moravian sword

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Metallurgical analysis of 9th century Moravian sword

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

After finishing the Razor Edged series (Parts One, Two and Three), I’ve had a number of requests to post more analysis of European...

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Razor Edged 3:  Comparing metallurgy of special medieval swords

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Razor Edged 3: Comparing metallurgy of special medieval swords

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Featured, Videos, Weapon Analysis, Weapons | 0 comments

First, let’s recap the previous articles in this series (Razor Edge One and Two): A blade’s sharpness is in part dictated by ...

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