Two Fairs at Once!

We are in our busiest time of the year. We have booths open at both the Bristol Renaissance Fair and the Minnesota Re...

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 ...

Castlerock Museum armor and weapons in history

In our work at Arms & Armor, and doing research as The Oakeshott Institute, we have been lucky enough to visit ma...

Dude's guide to the Renaissance Festival

We have done renaissance fairs for over 40 years and they have changed a great deal over that time. We thought it mi...

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...

Medieval Weapons, seeing the details

In our last post we talked about some of the pluses and minuses of going to a museum with one of us. It is a great w...

"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 ...

More tests cutting the head off a pike

Last week we did a little experiment trying to cut an ash haft in half with a two handed sword.  You can check out th...

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...

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 ...
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