What is it like to go to a Museum with a sword maker?

The answer to this question will depend on whether you like swords or not and if you do how much of a sword geek are ...

"upon this charge Cry 'God for Harry, England, and Saint George!"

Yesterday, the 23rd of April, was the Feast of St. George. It is the traditional day that St George is said to have ...

Cutting the head off a pike? Testing a two handed sword.

Today we address the idea that large two handed swords from the early Renaissance were designed to cut the heads from...

Presidential Swords

 Presidential Swords are a long tradition from the beginning of our country. George Washington owned several swords ...

Comparing smallswords with historic originals

Today we take a look at two smallswords we've just completed for orders, one blued and one bright, and compare these ...

What is Bluing?

The sword makers of the past used several decorative techniques to enhance their designs. Today we are going to look ...

Crooked Pommels, Why?

Sometimes our modern eyes will deceive us about medieval swords. We see something we attribute to age or damage and ...

What are sword wounds like?

We are often asked "Can you imagine being stabbed with a sword?" Well yes we can, sadly. Not only do we have some pe...

Is your sword right or left handed?

Was this sword used right or left handed? A question that many period examples will answer for you, if you look close...

How to break your sword...

Today we examine how battle damage, especially edge on edge contact between sharp swords can lead to failure and brea...

What is a Sword Furbisher?

Our post today delves into the finishing of swords and hilts in the 16th century. In our previous posts on historica...

Custom Venetian Pirata Sword

In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries Venice was one of Europe's greatest powers, drawing its wealth from the exte...
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