Can you use a broken sword?

Today we answer some questions that you all posted following publication of our video "How to break your sword".  Swords often broke in combat, after which a warrior was left with a stub in hand.  

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Richard III"s sword is busted

Can you still fight with a broken sword?  Can a sword be reforged?  Can you reuse the pieces of the blade to make new weapons?  All of this and more is addressed in the video!

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Methinks thy sword is broke, m'lord...

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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, Western Martial Arts Workshop, 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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