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1892 Report by  US Consul: Collecting weapons in China

Historic photo, circa 1900.

1892 Report by US Consul: Collecting weapons in China

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Culture, Featured, History | Comments Off on 1892 Report by US Consul: Collecting weapons in China

An interesting look into the crystal ball of arms collecting history is provided by Edward Bedloe, who served as US Consul to...

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News: Chinese citizen finds ancient sword while working

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in In the News | Comments Off on News: Chinese citizen finds ancient sword while working

Dateline: China via Shanghailist.com A 26-year-old man in Danfeng county of Shaanxi province was awarded a certificate and 500 RMB by the...

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Boy finds 3000-year-old Chinese brozne sword while washing hands in river

Posted by on Sep 6, 2014 in History | Comments Off on Boy finds 3000-year-old Chinese brozne sword while washing hands in river

via Shanghaiist   An 11-year-old boy in Gaoyou city, Jiangsu province was washing his hands in a river when he stumbled upon a...

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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 | Comments Off on Traditional Chinese hilt grip-wrapping – practical hilt rewrapping

In the modern art of practical cutting, one certainty is that — eventually — your hilt wrapping will wear out and need to be...

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Qing dynasty sabres – Exceptional weapons for Chinese soldiers

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Culture, Featured, Weapons | Comments Off on Qing dynasty sabres – Exceptional weapons for Chinese soldiers

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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Cord, rope and combat

Photo via Wikipedia

Cord, rope and combat

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History, Video Slider, Videos | Comments Off on Cord, rope and combat

The use of rope or cord on the battlefield is most often thought of in terms of  lanyards (to tie your weapon to your hand or belt),...

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Some thoughts on spears and cutting: the universal weapon

photo by Kevin Harber

Some thoughts on spears and cutting: the universal weapon

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | Comments Off on Some thoughts on spears and cutting: the universal weapon

Spears are the universal weapon, and one of the earliest tools mankind invented.   From a whittled, fire-hardened tree branch to...

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Free Chinese Sword classics via Brennan Translation

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Culture, Featured | Comments Off on Free Chinese Sword classics via Brennan Translation

Presented with thanks to Sifu Scott Rodell, via his Tumblr blog Steel and Cotton Over the last few years, a wonderful resource for a...

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