St. Martin's History of the Sword, 16TH-17TH C

As we continue our tour through the depictions of St. Martin (part 1 and 2) and his swords, the 16th century artists...

Black Friday to Cyber Monday Merry Axemass Extravaganza 2021

Merry Axemass to all! We have some exciting deals and special items to share on this Black Friday thru Cyber Monday S...

Get a classic out of print book on Rapiers and Small-swords for Christmas

Rapier and Smallsword:1460-1820 by A.V.B. Norman is arguably the single most important reference work on complex hilt...

Dr. Amanda Taylor on the Sword Guy Podcast

Our research and work involves collaboration with scholars across the world. This includes many disciplines as we st...

Custom Spotlight: Guard of the Duke of Electors of Saxony styled Rapier

  In today's blog we will explore a custom piece we have made. It is a rapier designed to a style with elements chose...

Rapier Series - How a Rapier was built

“ A master of Arms is more honorable than a Master of Arts for good fighting came before good writing.” John Marston...

An introduction to complex hilted swords: Part 3

Our look at complex hilted swords continues in part 3 as we check out a replica Italian rapier and a 17th C Haudegen....

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...

Sword Terms or What are these guys talking about?

Does that word mean what he thinks it means?

Milanese Rapier Spotlight

Our Milanese Rapier is the focus of today's post. This dramatic piece is a great example of the mid 16th Century arms...

How long should a rapier be?

What's the proper length of your weapon?
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