A big thank you to the sword community

Last week we passed our fundraising goal for The Oakeshott Institute, and the week prior to that our production manager was made whole by the generous donations of many members of our international sword community.  After the arbitrary and capricious actions of PayPal stealing Craig and Oakeshott's money, you all have really come through.  If anyone would still like to make a donation to support the work of The Oakeshott Institute, the gofundme campaign is ongoing.  Any additional funding raised will go toward advancing our research and educational intiatives.  

Ewart and moon brand]

Our founder, Ewart Oakeshott holding Moonbrand, the sword modeled below.

So far The Oakeshott Institute has raised over $3800, crushing our goal of $3000.  This will allow us to pay the rent on our conservation and research space through next spring, safeguarding the future of the Institute and our important research and educational initiatives.  



We want to invite anyone who has donated to come down and see the collection sometime when they are in Minneapolis.  Give us a call or an email beforehand and we will set aside half an hour to give you a tour of the collection.  Additionally, folks who donated $100 or more are receiving a year long membership to the Institute that will begin when we restart our quarterly lectures.  Without your support we would have faced some really hard decisions regarding how to proceed with our initiatives such as the 3D models you can see in this post.


Milanese Rapier by The Oakeshott Institute on Sketchfab


As this crazy year and a half quiets down we will be resuming our educational activities, including bringing some of the collection to educational institutions, conferences, and various sword-related events around the country. Stay tuned for some upcoming announcements.  You can check out some events we put on over the past couple of years here.  Over the years we have also brought parts of the collection to events like the HEMA tournaments WMAW, Longpoint, Combatcon, Ice Breaker, and KrumpPow.  If you are the organizer of an event and would like to discuss The Oakeshott Institute participating in an event please contact us at: admin@oakeshott.org or at aa@arms-n-armor.com and we will be happy to discuss possibilities and logistics.  

divider swords

Nathan Clough, Ph.D. is Vice President of Arms and Armor and a member of the governing board of The Oakeshott Institute. He is a historical martial artist and a former university professor of cultural geography.  He has given presentations on historical arms at events including Longpoint and Combatcon, and presented scholarly papers at, among others, The International Congress on Medieval Studies.

Craig Johnson is the Production Manager of Arms and Armor and Secretary of The Oakeshott Institute. He has taught and published on the history of arms, armor and western martial arts for over 30 years. He has lectured at several schools and Universities, WMAW, HEMAC, 4W, and ICMS at Kalamazoo. His experiences include iron smelting, jousting, theatrical combat instruction and choreography, historical research, European martial arts and crafting weapons and armor since 1985.


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