Review: The GFFG Berbekucz Club Sword

Posted on Oct 24th, 2018 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Over a decade ago, the great and renowned HEMA maestro Roberto Gotti of the fantastic Gairethinx - Sala d'Arme degli Erranti came…

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Review: Mora Bushcraft Survival Knife

Posted on Sep 5th, 2016 - By Roger Norling - 1 Comment

Being Swedish, the town Mora more or less equates to knives and I would even go so far as to claim that "Mora" is pretty much a synonym for the…

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Review: Fällkniven A1, S1 & F1

Posted on Oct 28th, 2015 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Today we will review three knives by a Swedish brand that oddly enough is little known to the common Swede, but which is a proper success story…

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Review: ESEE-4, ESEE-5 & ESEE-6 knives

Posted on Feb 16th, 2015 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

ESEE Knives, formerly R.A.T Cutlery is one of the most well-regarded cutlers in the USA, a cutler with a strong reputation for quality, and with the…

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Review: The Böker Plus Schanz Dagger

Posted on Dec 12th, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 1 Comment

Before we look at the knife in question for this review we have to step back in time a bit and look at where it comes from; i.e. the works of Col.…

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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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Review: Swordbag Liechtenauer

Posted on Aug 21st, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

As much as I love the pioneering aspect of Historical Fencing some aspects of it have, at times, also been a bit frustrating as we have had little…

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Review: Ontario Knives Chimera

Posted on Aug 8th, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Among the countries of the world one stands out as truly blessed with excellent knife makers manufacturing big utility/combat knives. Why that is, is…

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Review: Tinea Kombat Knife

Posted on Jun 29th, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

  Today we are going to look closer at a fairly new modern Italian-design combat knife that not so many have heard of yet, a knife that due…

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Review: KA-BAR D2 Extreme Fighting/Utility Knife

Posted on Jun 20th, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 8 Comments

  When it comes to combat knives, next to the classical Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife, few are as iconic as the USMC "KA-BAR". However,…

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Review: SPES Dussack Waster

Posted on Apr 4th, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Given how important the dusack has been both in the fencing schools and tournaments, all the way from the very early 1500s up until Napoleon and the…

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Review: A history of Europe by Aneas Silvius Piccolomini – 1400-1458

Posted on Feb 7th, 2014 - By Jean Chandler - 0 Comments

  A 'new' book from the 15th Century has just been translated and published.  The book was originally published in 1458 by Pope Pious II,…

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Review: SPES HEMA Jacket – Axel P model

Posted on Dec 27th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 2 Comments

Looking at how the HEMA community looks today it is easy to forget how hard we have been working to get the attention of manufacturers hoping to get…

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Review: Warring Maidens, Captive Wives, and Hussite Queens

Posted on Nov 7th, 2013 - By Jean Chandler - 1 Comment

Before I go any further, I would like to point out that this is physically a very nice book.  The copy I got was a small hard back with a blue cloth…

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Review: Black Lance 5-finger HEMA Gloves

Posted on Jul 11th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

  One of the most elusive pieces of protective gear for HEMA, the Holy Grail if you will, is good protective gloves that offer enough…

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Review: Where’s my fighting trousers?

Posted on Apr 8th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 2 Comments

"A telegram? Oh, dear. It seems someone has been "biting me"...? Fetch me my trousers at once! No, not those. Those are my time travel…

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Review: Regenyei fechtschwert

Posted on Feb 5th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 4 Comments

  The swordsmiths around the world have seen some pretty fierce competition developing over the last few years, especially the high-end…

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Review: Arms & Armor Fechterspiel Sword

Posted on Jun 18th, 2012 - By Roger Norling - 2 Comments

  Swordsmith: Arms & Armor Arms & Armor have been making swords for practice and sparring since the late 80’s which makes them…

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Hands-on Preview: Pavel Moc Fechtschwert

Posted on Feb 21st, 2012 - By Martin Fabian - 5 Comments

HEMA has gone through a lot of progressive development in the last decade. The community is growing rapidly and bouts, tournaments and other forms of…

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Review: Lichtenauer steel longsword

Posted on Sep 10th, 2011 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

In a way I think one's first real sword is like your first love. It is something you will always remember in a special way, since it was such a…

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Review: The Dave Rawlings/Knightshop Synthetic longsword – Pro-Line Extreme

Posted on Aug 2nd, 2011 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Few HEMA-related products have caused as much debate as the Dave Rawlings/Knightshop range of Synthetic Swords. This comes quite natural as they were…

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Review: Zugadore poly sparring sword by

Posted on Feb 4th, 2011 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

This waster came seemingly out of nowhere onto the market, at a time were we are seeing very quick changes and developments in the line of sparring…

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Review: Norrlands waster by Plastsmeden

Posted on Feb 4th, 2011 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

The best longsword nylon wasters I have tried thus far were hand made by Pentti of GHFS. Unfortunately he no longer produces these, so they are near…

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Review: Synthetic Longsword Type II by Purpleheart Armoury

Posted on Feb 3rd, 2011 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

This hand-made Synthetic Longsword II is actually a bit of an old Rolls Royce or a Bentley. The quality of the build and components is excellent and…

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Review: Synthetic Longsword Waster by Pentti of GHFS

Posted on Feb 3rd, 2011 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

I consider myself very fortunate having had the chance to follow the development and having been able to practice with the infamous Pentti nylon…

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Sparring swords – Introduction

Posted on Jan 22nd, 2011 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

What defines a good sparring weapon? A common notion is that it should be as close as possible to the real, sharp weapon it simulates, but be…

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Review: Scimitars Fencing Shoes

Posted on Apr 24th, 2009 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Finding good, suitable equipment for Hema is a problem we all wrestle with and there are few products aiming to fulfill our particular needs. I have…

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