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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,...

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

credit: Wikipedia

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...

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New history of tameshigiri by Markus Sesko now available!

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Culture, History | 0 comments

Markus Sesko is a well-known specialist author and translator of Japanese...

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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...

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Images of oldest existing manuscript on swords and swordsmiths in Japan, and more

credit: National Diet Library, Japan

Images of oldest existing manuscript on swords and swordsmiths in Japan, and more

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Featured, History | 0 comments

I’m very pleased to post this rarely-mentioned find, of interest to...

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Cutting bodies: Illustrations from period Japanese manuals on tameshigiri and suemonogiri

Illustration via Wikipedia Commons

Cutting bodies: Illustrations from period Japanese manuals on tameshigiri and suemonogiri

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History | 0 comments

The origins of modern test cutting descend from a much more violent era. ...

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Traditional Chinese hilt grip-wrapping – practical hilt rewrapping

photo from Chinese Military Museum, Bejing

Traditional Chinese hilt grip-wrapping – practical hilt rewrapping

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured | 0 comments

In the modern art of practical cutting, one certainty is that —...

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