Medieval Sword Edges, how sharp?

When we look at the functionality of a sword, the edge and point are the only reason the rest of the piece exists. As...

Does Cutting Wood With a Sword Teach Us Anything?

There are periodic debates among sword lovers about what kinds of abuse a sword should be able to survive. On the one...

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...

12th Century Spear Spotlight

The early Medieval period was a time when most armies and soldiers carried spears. They were excellent weapons for c...

What kind of finish did a medieval sword blade have? pt3

As the medieval period evolved we see an increase in the size and technological complexity of the craft processes inv...

What kind of finish did a medieval sword blade have? pt2

The last steps of making a sword blade are the finish polish and edging. In part 1 of this theme, we looked at the u...

Cutting with an English Bill

Today we put an Arms and Armor English Bill through its paces.  The English Bill is a 16th century pole arm that was ...

What kind of finish did a medieval sword blade have? pt1

How a medieval sword blade looked when new is an interesting question. The finished blade would, like all human made ...

The Polish Saber its history and impact

No sword is ever created in a vacuum. This goes for any weapon or armor for that matter. This fact is one of the most...

How were Medieval scabbards made? - a new resource

Here at Arms and Armor we are always on the look out for new research and resources on historical weapons. Over the d...

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...

Fornovo Sword Spotlight

Our Fornovo Sword is a wonderful singlehanded sword from the last half of the 15th C. It has a classic wheel pommel a...
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