An introduction to complex hilted swords: part 1

The complex hilted sword is a complex subject :-), so we thought we would do a bit of a primer on these interesting s...

Cloth Armor vs Daggers and Swords

Many aspects of how, exactly, historical armors worked remain unknown.  In today's blog we investigate the protective...

The Real Axes of Assassin's Creed Valhalla

When fighting a real foe with an axe,

Matching your feder to your sharp longsword

  A big hurdle for folks starting out in HEMA is that their first real exposure to how a sword ought to feel is throu...

Product Spotlight: The Burgundian Poleaxe

'provide oneself with suitable weapons, like the axe" Le Jeu de la Hache

How long should a rapier be?

What's the proper length of your weapon?

Tangs on Medieval Swords

The truth about tangs, and how they varied.

How many styles of Rapier are there?

Why yes, that is a rapier

Early Finger Rings on Guards, Why?

As part of our exploration of the development of European swords, this week we address the history of finger rings on...

What is a Seax?

The Seax or Sax, and several variations, is an old English or Anglo Saxon word for knife. It has come to define sever...

Historical Swords vs Fantasy Swords

...mythology and symbols was a respected field of learning...
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