Blacksmith vs. Cutler

  Over the last few years there has been a renewed cultural appreciation of the figure of the blacksmith.  Television...

Is Damascus steel better for swords?

The idea that so-called "Damascus" steel produces superior swords is quite common, but is it true?  To be sure, ther...

Arms & Armour History Conservation and Analysis

 This volume brings together papers written by curators, conservators and scientists who have worked very closely wit...

Gaston Phoebus Hunting Knife

In today's post we take a look at a piece that, although it isn't a standard catalogue item, we have made enough time...

Medieval Knives

One of our favorite things to make are medieval style knives. These blades cover a huge variety in style and size and...

Medieval Eating Sets

The dinner fork is among the most common pieces of cutlery throughout much of the world.  But this wasn't always the ...

The Wounds of Summer

This time of year is usually our busiest, and this year is even crazier than ever. What with unprecedented order v...

Sword of St Martin 15th C

This sword is based on a depiction in a Book of Hours from France dated about 1440. It is one of the earliest example...

The Xiphos

Today we look at the Xiphos, the classic double-edged sword of the ancient Greek warrior. It is a weapon that straddl...

Keep Your Sword Pristine, Or Let It Age?

Although most sword collectors like their pieces to be pristine, there are many others who prefer swords that appear ...

Viking axe Vs Bronze and Medieval Axes

In today's offering Dr. Nathan Clough describes some changes in European axes between the Bronze Age and Medieval per...

13 most asked questions from the Ren Faire

We are back to doing shows with customers, at least for the present, fingers crossed. We have done renaissance fairs ...
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