Arms and armour

Concerning the Reliability of the Waggle Test

Posted on Mar 10th, 2017 - By Robert Geißler - 6 Comments

Dynamic parameters define a rigid body’s reaction to external forces. While their importance for a sword’s behaviour is known since the 19th…

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The use of the saber in the army of Napoleon: Part IV - Wounds caused by the saber

Posted on Jun 12th, 2015 - By Bert Gevaert - 0 Comments

  Continuing with his four part series on The use of the saber in the army of Napoleon, Dr. Bert Gevaert now presents the…

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The use of the saber in the army of Napoleon: Part III

Posted on Jun 5th, 2015 - By Bert Gevaert - 0 Comments

  Continuing with his four part series on The use of the saber in the army of Napoleon, Dr. Bert Gevaert now presents the third…

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The use of the saber in the army of Napoleon: Part II

Posted on May 22nd, 2015 - By Bert Gevaert - 1 Comment

Continuing with his series on The use of the saber in the army of Napoleon, Dr. Bert Gevaert now presents the second part: Antoine Fortuné de…

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The use of the saber in the army of Napoleon: Part I

Posted on May 8th, 2015 - By Bert Gevaert - 0 Comments

“The sword is the weapon in which you should have most confidence, because it rarely fails you by breaking in your hands. Its blows are the more…

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Concerning the Dynamics of Swords

Posted on Nov 14th, 2014 - By Robert Geißler - 9 Comments

There are two major models that specify the point at which a sword should ideally hit its target. One model focusses on the sword’s vibration,…

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Fabrice Cognot - Bladesmith & Scholar

Posted on Oct 10th, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Today we are introducing Dr. Fabrice Cognot, Burgundian swordsman, polearms specialist and bladesmith. Many of you already know him well, but perhaps…

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Brief description on training weapons in history

Posted on Jul 5th, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

A very brief description on training weapons in history, mostly based on a short email to a sports fencer who is researching the topic, although…

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The KA-BAR and the Fairbairn-Sykes: two fighting children of different philosophies

Posted on Jun 17th, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

  The knife is a silent and deadly weapon that is easily concealed and against which, in the hands of an expert, there is no sure defence,…

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Sword staff: The sword of the poor!

Posted on May 9th, 2014 - By George Georgas - 0 Comments

Original article by Eytichios Tzirtilakis. Translation into English by George E. Georgas Once upon a time in the Byzantine Empire, the wooden…

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Concerning the Sharpness of Blades

Posted on Apr 25th, 2014 - By Robert Geißler - 0 Comments

A high level of sharpness of cutting tools is preferable, just as it is for edged weapons. While tools are generally used in well defined situations…

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Vibration of the blade and how to use it

Posted on Mar 22nd, 2014 - By Herbert Schmidt - 4 Comments

Everyone is aware of the fact that a sword blade vibrates, at least anyone with a basic level of knowledge of swords. This is especially true for…

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p.179r Aristos and Erotokritos start to wrestle in an allegoric stance of Greco-Roman wrestling technique. Look at the equipment. Both of them has saber (παραμήριον) and small shields, also Erotokritos has a shield that it is such as the buckler. The Byzantine cavalry had shields with 30cm diameter such as buckler.

Rare illustrations of Byzantine warriors in the Renaissance book Erotokritos

Posted on Mar 7th, 2014 - By George Georgas - 0 Comments

The Renaissance book Erotokritos is a unique preserved manuscript with colour illustrations belonging to the library of the Romanian Academy. The…

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Longswords and their data

Posted on Nov 5th, 2013 - By Alen Lovric - 1 Comment

For the past year or so, I have been gathering data on longswords. These come from a wide range of different source, from the dark nooks of the…

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Smallsword

Smallsword... for we are many.

Posted on Jun 14th, 2013 - By Igor Andreev - 0 Comments

“Draw not your Sword but to serve the King, preserve your Honour, or defend your Life.” "Art of Fencing", Monsieur L'Abbat, 1696 (Andrew…

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Arming Sword Geometry by Peter Johnsson

Posted on May 30th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 1 Comment

Designing a sword of mid 14th century style using a system of geometric drawing that is inspired by surviving plans of medieval gothic architecture.…

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The Saber’s Many Travels (The Origins of the Cross-Cutting Art)

Posted on Mar 8th, 2013 - By Bartosz Sieniawski - 2 Comments

Before you engage in combat, mind this: the blade of your saber is nothing else – and cannot be anything else – but an extension of your own…

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Napoleonic Flame-War 'Cut vs Thrust'

Posted on Feb 1st, 2013 - By Richard Marsden - 3 Comments

  During the late 18th and early 19th century the definition of a proper sword varied from nation to nation. Initially, nations sought to…

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The WhatChaMaCallit-Schwert

Posted on Jan 1st, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

In Sweden we have a saying; "A loved child has many names" and looking at what is today called a federschwert this seems to be true for this type of…

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The Dussack - a weapon of war

Posted on Nov 16th, 2012 - By Roger Norling - 35 Comments

In my opinion the dussack doesn't quite get the recognition it deserves in the historical fencing community, despite the fact that it was a highly…

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A call to arms!

Posted on Jul 4th, 2012 - By Roger Norling - 3 Comments

From at least as far back as the early to mid 1400s, all the way up until about the French Revolution in 1789, longsword fencers have been…

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Chronicon Helvetiae

Posted on Jan 23rd, 2012 - By Roger Norling - 2 Comments

Just some brief reflections on  images from Chronicon Helvetiae by Christoph Silberysen, dated to 1576, currently kept in…

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Fechtschwert or a blunt longsword?

Posted on Feb 16th, 2011 - By Roger Norling - 4 Comments

What kind of steel longsword should one choose for sparring? There are of course many aspects to consider. However, many instinctively discount the…

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How long should a longsword be?

Posted on Jan 26th, 2011 - By Roger Norling - 5 Comments

A simple reply would be long enough to reach your opponent. Stupid answer, I know... But the question is also stupid... sort of. Let me…

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