Today Nathan and Craig are joined by famed Western martial artist and Arms and Armor customer, Jess Finley to discuss how the blade geometry and other attributes of historical training swords differ from modern training swords used in HEMA. We take a look at two custom Arms and Armor Fechtbuch swords with more historical blade geometries, as well as a recently completed replica of an original 16th century federshwert from the Higgins Armory at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts.
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As always, our goal is to produce pieces that look, feel, and function just like the historical originals on which they are based. Our swords are hard ground of 6150 carbon steel tempered to 50-52 Rockwell. All of our products are handmade, by us, at our shop in Minneapolis, MN. USA
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