Arms and Armor is Going to Texas

Hey all, today we are happy to announcement that Dr. Nathan Clough, Arms and Armor VP and Board Member of the Oakeshott Institute will be traveling to give a talk at the Texas Sword Retreat April 5-7, 2024.  In addition to bringing some Arms and Armor products to vend at the event, he will also be bringing down several original swords from the Oakeshott Institute Collection.  He will be giving a lecture on the development of complex hilted swords from rapiers to basket hilts from Italy, Scotland, and England.  The audience will have the chance to handle several original swords from the 16th-17th centuries.  

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An early complex-hilted arming sword from the Oakeshott Institute Collection

The event looks like it's going to be awesome, and tickets are still available.  Instructors at the event include Puck Curtis, Chris VanSlambrouck, Jeremy Pace, Josh Furrate, Diana Matthess, Kaden Wang, David Miller, James Reilly, Ryan Hetchler, Mariana Lopez, Michael Chidester, and Scott Jeffers.  A pretty stellar lineup of knowledgable and engaging folks from across the HEMA-verse -- be there or be square!

complex hilted sword

More swords from the Oakeshott Institute Collection

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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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