The Oakeshott Institute
Arms and Armor is the corporate partner of the Oakeshott Institute, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, established by Christopher Poor in 2000. The Institute is named after the late Ewart Oakeshott, a leading authority on European Arms and Armor who spent a lifetime researching and collecting swords. He authored several foundational books on the study of the medieval sword. His collection, now entrusted to The Oakeshott Institute, contains more than 75 pieces and spans nearly 4000 years of history. Christopher first met Ewart Oakeshott on a research trip to London in 1985, and their mutual passion for medieval weapons and armor led to a deep and lasting friendship.
The craftsmen at Arms and Armor work with the Oakeshott Institute to develop a deep understanding of the properties of original swords and weapons, and use this knowledge to produce the highest quality historical replicas. Several Arms and Armor products, including the Schloss Erbach sword and the Oakeshott sword are replicas of weapons in the institute collection.
Arms and Armor supports the mission of the Oakeshott Institute by making a donation upon the sale of products based on pieces from the Institute collection.