French Rapier Spotlight

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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...

Virtual presentations for events

One of the most exciting things about working at Arms and Armor is the opportunity to connect with other people who a...

Historical Swords vs Fantasy Swords

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

What is a Parrying Dagger?

a common feature on parrying daggers is a side ring

Pierced blades on rapiers, why?

Fashion and Myth

Sword wounds: ancient and otherwise

This post contains humorous but graphic descriptions of wounds we get while making swords.

Flame-bladed swords, why?

What are Flamberge, Flammard, Flambard, and Serpentine blades for?

Broad-bladed rapiers: swords of war

Complex hilted broadswords

Tucks, crowbars of war

The Tuck is an interesting and impressive sword. Having just finished a replica of a nice example, we thought it woul...

Are rapiers light and fast?

this can be a tricky question
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