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A comparison of sword oils for use with antique blades

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Weapons | 0 comments

A member of the Nihonto Message Board has conducted an interesting short-term test of various traditional Japanese and Western modern oils...

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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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Video workshops on the training and use of spear-like polearms

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Video workshops on the training and use of spear-like polearms

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Featured, Videos, Weapons | 0 comments

Harking back to my article on the development and use of a spear as a cutting as well as thrusting  weapon, here are videos of two...

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Japan’s NHK-TV’s “Real Samurai” documentary on Katori Shinto Ryu

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Culture, Video Slider, Videos, Weapons | 0 comments

A production of Japan’s NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai, or Japan Broadcasting Corporation), this roughly 45 minute documentary —...

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Qing dynasty sabres – Exceptional weapons for Chinese soldiers

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Culture, Featured, Weapons | 0 comments

The Qing dynasty of China, sometimes called the Manchu dynasty,  lasted from 1644 to 1912.  During this period the long, single-edged and...

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UK Royal Armouries YouTube series: “Behind the scenes at the Royal Armouries”

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Culture, Featured, Video Slider, Videos, Weapons | 0 comments

While conducting research for a number of upcoming articles, I ran across the Royal Armouries‘ video YouTube channel. While they...

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Evaluating and appreciating nihonto: Antique Japanese blades

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Evaluating and appreciating nihonto: Antique Japanese blades

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Culture, Featured, Weapons | 0 comments

In an earlier article ( Collecting, authenticating and appraising antique weapons ) we looked at the basic process for identifying antique...

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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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Collecting, authenticating and appraising antique weapons

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in Culture, Featured, Video Slider, Weapons | 0 comments

You’ve decided to collect antique swords?  Congratulations;  it’s an interesting and exciting hobby, but you’ve got your...

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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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