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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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Japanese horseback archery hits Australian beach for world first

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in In the News | 0 comments

Dateline Australia, via ABC Far North Queensland “Think either horse riding or archery is hard? Imagine combining the two. For the...

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Japanese man-cave, circa 1890’s

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Japanese man-cave, circa 1890’s

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Featured, History | 0 comments

Just for a bit of historical comic relief:  A Japanese man-cave, photograph from the 1890’s.

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European vs Japanese swordsmen:  Historical encounters in the 16th-19th centuries

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European vs Japanese swordsmen: Historical encounters in the 16th-19th centuries

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

There’s a popular, long-standing debate on the Internet as to which kind of  sword is better, or at least which would win out over...

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Visit the Samurai Sword of the WWII Japanese Pilot Who Bombed Oregon

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in In the News | 0 comments

Dateline: Oregon, USA via Huffington Post “The town of Brookings, Oregon has a very interesting artifact in their possession. A...

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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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Forensics:  Weapon-related trauma on Seiyokan cranial remains, Kamakura

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Forensics: Weapon-related trauma on Seiyokan cranial remains, Kamakura

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Featured, Forensic Analysis | 0 comments

Based on a paper by Drs. Tomohito Nagaoka, Kazuhiro Uzawa, Kazuaki Hirata, Evidence for weapon-related traumas in medieval...

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Smithsonian’s short video on the Samurai culture of taking of heads

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Culture, History, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

The Smithsonian has released a short video on the samurai tradition of collecting the heads of defeated enemies.  In the main, historians...

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Aratameshi: Testing blades to destruction

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Aratameshi: Testing blades to destruction

Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 in Featured, History, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

In proving the ability or superiority of their blades, smiths and swords owners of the late Tokugawa era (known as the Bakumatsu Period)...

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