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

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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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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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 | Comments Off on UK Royal Armouries YouTube series: “Behind the scenes at the Royal Armouries”

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

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Unusual religious symbolism and early Medieval European weapons

Image by Peter Johnsson

Unusual religious symbolism and early Medieval European weapons

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History, Philosophy and Theory, Video Slider, Videos | Comments Off on Unusual religious symbolism and early Medieval European weapons

Weapons in every culture have been inscribed with religious and other symbols as marks of prestige, to show the faith of the bearer, or to...

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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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Medieval alchemy and weapon making

photo by Ania Mendrek

Medieval alchemy and weapon making

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in Featured, History | Comments Off on Medieval alchemy and weapon making

Since many consider medieval alchemy to be the forerunner of modern chemistry and metallurgy, it shouldn’t be surprising that...

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Comparing Medieval images of European and Japanese sword polishers

photo from Oxford Museum

Comparing Medieval images of European and Japanese sword polishers

Posted by on Jan 19, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History | Comments Off on Comparing Medieval images of European and Japanese sword polishers

Several recent discussions on various  blogs and web forums examined marginalia images from middle-to-late Medieval and early Renaissance...

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Historical European Martial Arts and test cutting

photo by Luminitsa

Historical European Martial Arts and test cutting

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | Comments Off on Historical European Martial Arts and test cutting

The last decade has seen an upsurge in what is being called Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), or the Western Martial Arts. ...

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