2024 Reanissance Fairs!

We are just a few weeks away from the start of our season of Renaissance Fairs. This summer will hopefully be a grea...

Oliver Reed Remembered

If you follow our blog you are aware we love a good sword movie and some of the characters in these films have been i...

Custom 16th C. Italian Sword

Here is a recently finished sword we have done for a commission. It is based on the style of swords popular in the No...

A Two Hander and a Side Sword...

Today we have two swords up in our Artisan Section. A massive Two Hander and a16th century side sword. Both pieces ar...

Concealed Weapons, do they work?

In today's post we discuss how weapons that are concealed in another object might actually be useful or not. It may w...

Swords and Fashion in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Today we take a look at four period swords from the Oakeshott Institute collection, two from the medieval period and ...

How do cross guards work on swords and daggers?

A query from one of our viewers on a recent video prompted us to answer his questions in this quick video about cros...

A closer look at the German Rapier

Today we take an up close look at the Arms and Armor German Rapier.  This piece is a replica of an original in the De...

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 ...

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...

Custom training rapiers compared to originals

Today we take a look at two high-end custom training rapiers that we've just completed and compare them to three orig...
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