Light Feders? Historical Reality...

Today we deemed the recent controversy over light feders to be worthy of an episode of Whiskey and Weapons.  Grab a beverage and join Dr. Nathan Clough and Craig Johnson of Arms and Armor for some thoughts on historical and modern ideas on training weapons.  Arms and Armor has been making steel training feders for over 20 years, and our goal has always been to make customizable training weapons for historically inclined martial artists.  You can also check out a recent video post we did with our friend Jess Finley on historical vs. modern feders.


Arms and Armor Fechterspiel longsword trainer

As always, our swords are entirely made by us at our shop in Minneapolis, MN out of 6150 carbon steel, hardened and tempered to 50-52 Rockwell. Our swords are made to look, feel, and function just like the historical originals on which they are based.

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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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