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A quick look at the kusarigama – sickle and chain

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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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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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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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Let Fly!  A debate on the effectiveness of the English longbow

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Let Fly! A debate on the effectiveness of the English longbow

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Featured, Video Slider, Videos, Weapons | 0 comments

Over the last ten years, there has been a great debate in historian circles as to whether the English longbow was as effective a weapon of...

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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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Razor Edged 2:  Steel hardness, structures and sharpness

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Razor Edged 2: Steel hardness, structures and sharpness

Posted by on Jan 11, 2014 in Featured, Weapon Analysis, Weapons | 0 comments

Another important determiner of blade sharpness is the quality of steel the blade is made of, as well as the hardness of the edge steel. ...

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Razor Edged: How sharp is sharp?

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Razor Edged: How sharp is sharp?

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Featured, Video Slider, Videos, Weapon Analysis, Weapons | 0 comments

All practitioners of the art of test cutting want a blade with a keen edge;  let’s face it, a dull blade isn’t going to cut...

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Audible sharpness:  swords and sounds

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Audible sharpness: swords and sounds

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Culture, Featured, Video Slider, Weapon Analysis, Weapons | 0 comments

In cutting with live blades, practitioners quickly learn that real blades rarely make the sounds Hollywood so often attributes to them. ...

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Test cutting with the German longsword

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos, Weapons | 0 comments

One of the most popular of the Western Martial Arts / Historical European Martial Arts weapons. studied by groups around the globe, is the...

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