We realize many of you have been waiting all year for our musical contribution to the Holiday Season. So strap on your music appreciation sweater and dig into to the second oldest secular holiday song behind Jingle Bells, according to Lord Wiki. Mark Black, essential Arms & Armor member, performs an acoustic rendition of Down in the Basement for your enjoyment.
Down in the Basement by Mark Black
We had plans to include the electric percussion section but the power hammer threw a spring. Oh the challenges 2021 has brought. :-)
As an additional cookie on the tray of Merry Axemass we have at least one each of these items. If you ordered right away it would most likely reach its destination by the 24th, though any longer after today (Monday the 13th) our carriers are telling us normal shipping can not be relied on to arrive for sure.
Our classic Type L Danish War Axe with a twist. These axes have a reinforced edge where the axe body flairs thicker as it reaches the edge bevel then curves to a sharp and lethal sharp. These battle axes where common among the nordic armies that ravaged Europe and England in the early Medieval period.
This Nordic fighting axe is a single handed weapon with Peterson Type L style head. Light and fast, it is mounted on an ash haft with subtle shaping to give better handling and control. The angled shape of the axe head allows for a blow to land with the entire length of the cutting edge on an upright target.
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.