Roman Gladius Sword Dual Wield

Did the Romans ever dual-wield their gladius swords, as seen in movies like Gladiator or TV shows like Spartacus? Looking at Roman weapons of war, as well as the equipment of the dimachaerus. Extra videos on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scholagladiatoria

Antique Sparring Longsword

There are only a couple dozen antique sparring longswords left in the world. This is one of the three that are in North America. Source (20:40):

How Much Did Things Cost In The 1700’s? – Live From the Nutmeg Tavern!

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“All others are preparation for it” – Dennis Ljungqvist about the Swordfish tournament

“For me Swordfish is the tournament of the year. All others are preparation for it. You often hear people calling Swordfish a World Championship, but I always compare it to Wimbledon. Since it´s yearly, gets more attention than any other event and always is on the same place and time,“ says Dennis Ljungqvist, three time…

Roman Armour Lorica Segmentata (by Fabrica Cacti)

A brief look at the famous Roman armour known as lorica segmentata, in this case replicated by Fabrica Cacti: https://www.facebook.com/FabricaCacti/ http://www.fabricacacti.freha.pl/

Handmade Wooden Bowl On A Foot-Powered Lathe

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Latchet Crossbow – rapid fire historical crossbow

This style of crossbow was popular in Northern England and Southern Scotland around 1600 and was reputedly used by Border Reivers as a self defence weapon. 280lbs draw weight lever action crossbow giving a rate of ‘fire’ of one every 10 seconds. If you are interested in custom historical replicas have a look at www.todsworkshop.com…

Medieval Hay Making

Jason discusses the importance of the medieval hay harvest, what it meant for the medieval peasant and how it was done. Credits: Direction, Camera, Sound, Editing Kasumi Presenter Jason Kingsley OBE Tweets by RebellionJason Tweets by ModernHistoryTV Tweets by Rebellion Music licensed from PremiumBeat.

Knight’s Weekly

What’s up in Middle Ages Reenactment Upcoming events:  2nd Tournament by the Cisy Castle 8th Tournament in the Siewierz Castle Battle Of Shrewsbury Medieval Weekend Arbalestrie de siège Fête Historique et Medievale de Leuc Fête médiévale d’Enghien 2019 Fête médiévale de grand champ Past events: Siege of Malbork Torneo dij Cossot Tournoi de béhourd 2019…

The Cone of Defense by IronsideMC

The coverage of your guard isn’t just the same shape of your shield.  It extends at angles around your guard, these angles are effected by the size, shape and orientation of your shield.  As shown in the images comparing two different sword and buckler stances.  As you can see the further away from you the…

Tomasz Samuła – “Tomala” Armourer

Polish armour plates, helmets and other elements. Website: http://www.tomala.lublin.pl Facebook: Tomek Samuła

Viking’s Weekly

What’s up in Early Medieval Reenactment Upcoming events: Vikingehåndværkertræf 2019 in Aggersborg Viking Market in Saltvik Spelet om Heilag Olav in Verdalsøra Slavic Culture Festival in Gniezno Tornerspel på Trelleborgen Värmlands Vikingating 2019 Past events: Vikings at Birka Gudvangen Viking Market 2019 Festival of Slavic History in Cieszyn Silesia Medeltidslägret Levande Glimmingehus Sarpsborg International Viking…

Viking Women Clothing: Aprondress

This article focuses on the garment that was worn by Viking women together with the characteristic oval brooches. While it has been called many things by researchers over the years (e.g. trägerrock and hängerock), I will use what is currently thought to be the old Norse name for the garment (Ewing 2006, p. 37), namely…

Kram “Szepczące Kruki” – “Whispering Ravens” Workshop

Polish replicas of archeological findings from early middle ages. Facebook: Kram Szepczące Kruki www.szepczacekruki.pl Website: https://szepczacekruki.pl

Leather Covered Sword Hilt Antique British Sabre

Occasionally we find antique military swords with leather covers on parts or all of their hilts. Here we look at a British example with a blade from the 1860s, a hilt from the 1890s, and applied leather over its entire guard on inside and out. http://www.antique-swords.co.uk

The Secrets Behind Ink In The 18th Century – Historical Writing Series Part 2

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HEMA Weekly

What’s up in Historical Fencing Upcoming events: Albion Cup 2019 Cornhusker State Games – HEMA – 2019 NESG: Boar’s Tooth 2019 Past events: QuadroHEMiA 6: Wolfshead X Rapier Vienna 2019 This week’s craftsman: Swordsmithy This week’s videos: Joachim Meyer – Brechfenster: 1. Stück by Björn Rüther Why you are wrong about Spadroons by Academy of…

Swordsmithy

Swordsmithy is a small Czech company that specialises in hand forged custom made arms for Historical European Martial Arts and reenactment professionals, enthusiasts and collectors alike. Facebook: Swordsmithy

“I get a chance to go back to 18th century every day”

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Sigi Forge Feder – Review by Scholar Victoria

Sigi Forge is a relative newcomer to the HEMA scene, but with the backing of high profile fencers like Martin Fabian, I was unsurprisingly excited when mine arrived several weeks ago. Does this sword offer something new to the fencing community? Read on and see. At a Glance The continuing popularity of longsword in both…

Wilkinson Sword Research Nightmare

Researching a rare antique sword marked to an officer of the Bengal Engineers, from around the time of the Indian Mutiny. Easton Antique Arms – http://www.antique-swords.co.uk

Krieger armory longsword & Trinity bullwhips received & tested

https://www.vkngjewelry.com/discount/20THRAND 20% off everything in store at V.K.N.G jewelry for 7 days stacking with 50% off summer sale! Thrand Receives krieger armory Italian Longsword and two David Morgan style Whips from Trinity Whip Co. Thrand also receives long awaited package from Germany containing forge nails for Viking age shields and other goodies. Thrand also does…

More Roman / Classical Era Weapons Coming

I’ve ordered two scutum and a pilum. Let’s go Roman!

The False Thrust: Fiore Translation Project #24

One of the most stylish techniques in the system is the punta falsa, literally “false thrust”. Fiore’s instructions are very detailed: Questo zogo si chiama punta falsa o punta curta, e si diro come la fazzo. Io mostro d’venire cum granda forza per ferir lo zugadore cum colpo mezano in la testa. E subito ch’ello…

HEMA Weekly

What’s up in Historical Fencing Upcoming events: QuadroHEMiA 6: Wolfshead X Rapier Vienna 2019 Past events: Mid-Continental HEMA Open Visegrád HEMA tournament Masters of Longsword 2019 This week’s craftsman: Historical Fencing Armory This week’s videos: Testing new Smallswords by Historical Fencing Armoury Purpleheart Gymnasium Sabre Review Montante Sparring Test Is The Roman Gladius (Sword) Really…

Why Fight Light? Using Less Gear When Sparring

Fiore dei Liberi in his 1409 treatise tells us that “Out of envy, some Masters challenged me to combat with sharp swords, in an arming coat and with no other defensive weapon besides a pair of chamois gloves.” (translation care of Tom Leoni). This is light gear indeed, considering that he was facing sharp swords.…

Historical Fencing Armory

Ukrainian producer of historical fencing weapons and armour: swords, messers and armour plates. Facebook: Historical Fencing Armory

Turning A Feather Into A Pen – Historical Writing Series Part 1

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Is The Roman Gladius (Sword) Really That Good?

Is The Roman Gladius (Sword) Really That Good? More videos on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scholagladiatoria

Knight’s Weekly

What’s up in Middle Ages Reenactment Upcoming events: Siege of Malbork Torneo dij Cossot Tournoi de béhourd 2019 – Château Naillac Event reports: Battle of Grunwald Abbey Medieval Festival Tewkesbury Medieval Festival This week’s craftsman: AD1410 This week’s video: Armoured fight with a pollaxe This week’s blogpost: “Authentic-looking gear does not make you a good…

AD1410

We sew custom men’s clothing, mainly from medieval. We are specialized in arming clothes – gambeson, jupons etc. Facebook: AD1410

Authentic-looking gear does not make you a good re-enactor

“Wearing authentic-looking gear does not de facto make you a good re-enactor or living history performer.” Things are just not that simple. Having an evening full of people with great clothes and no skills is still just a costume show. A game of dress-up. Cosplay. Mind you, there is nothing wrong with cosplay. It is…

Drills are Not Combat

Drills are related to combat in that they will teach you the skills that you will use in combat. They will teach you the individual skills not how they should be used in combat. If you approach your combats the same way as you approach your drill expecting that your opponent is going to give…

Viking Shield Update Rolf Warming, Reply Arne Koets & Glue Test

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How To Easily Sharpen A Machete, Knife or Sword

An overview of some simple ways to sharpen edged tools such as machete, knives, swords etc. Extra videos on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scholagladiatoria

The Life Of A Frontier Gunsmith – An Interview With Mike Miller

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Medieval Archery Blunts

Demonstrates why medieval arrows and bolts were great for shooting small game and birds with slo-mo footage of melons getting shot with the two types of bolt.

HEMA Weekly

What’s up in Historical Fencing Upcoming event: Mid-Continental HEMA Open (MCHO) Event report: European games 2019 in Minsk This week’s craftsman: Poker Armory by Jerzy Ożóg This week’s video: Cutting with spears by Schola Gladiatoria This week’s blogpost: First impressions of Hema by Fat Hussar In this summary I include not only current news, but also…

First impressions of HEMA by Fat Hussar

The first thing I would say is that I was woefully underprepared for just how physically demanding Hema would be. It sounds kinda stupid in hindsight as I know how hard sports fencing was and the such but I think it was the association with it being based on historical documents I perhaps thought it…

Poker Armory by Jerzy & Szymon Ożóg

Swords designed for HEMA – Historical Fencing: longswords, messers, rapiers, sabres and others. Facebook: Poker Armory

European Games 2019 in Minsk – Report

The tournament hall was good – big, but not too much, although at some point we needed to leave the hall so that our oxygen could be replenished. It was a bit painful that we had to leave all our gear in a hall on the first floor, and climb 4 floors every time we…

Riding in a Medieval Cloak

Jason continues Talos’ training, this time using a medieval cloak. Credits: Talos Direction, Camera, Sound, Editing Kasumi Presenter Jason Kingsley OBE Tweets by RebellionJason Tweets by ModernHistoryTV Tweets by Rebellion Music licensed from PremiumBeat.

Turkish Recurve Bow from AF Archery

First look review of a short Turkish style laminate recurve bow, with ash, bubinga and fibreglass, from AF Archery. Amazon.com – https://amzn.to/2LtXOjO Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2FInBAQ

Building A Bark Canoe In 12 Hours? – Elm Bark Canoe Part 2

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Archery vs Armor: The Importance of Arrows in Penetration Tests

Archery versus armour – Here I share some views and experience from bow and arrow tests against amour, as well as recommending that you watch The Way of Archery’s latest tests against lamellar armour: Medieval Arrows (Will Sherman) Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/medievalarrows

Crusader Era Daggers

A look at Crusader era daggers from 1070 through to 1450 using 3 examples from the Tod Cutler range. https://todcutler.com/collections/medieval-daggers-and-large-knives The surprisingly acceptable broken back seat, the antenna quill dagger and the cruciform quill dagger. If you are interested in budget, but excellent medieval knives have a look at www.todcutler.com and if you are interested…

Cutting with Spears – Some Issues & Solutions

Spears are normally considered as thrusting weapons, but some are designed to cut. Here we look at some of the issues with cutting with spears and ways to mitigate the problems. Extra videos on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scholagladiatoria

Daniel Pope: As historical fencers we are constantly challenging our own ideas

It’s time for a new episode of Interviews with Fencers. My next guest is Daniel Pope, founder of a fantastic HEMA group Scholar Victoria. »There’s life outside HEMA?« – that’s the question he asked us during the interview haha. Daniel is an amazing guy, teacher, fencer, and more than anything, he’s proud of his HEMA…

Maurine Brimau: I’m so bad with the names of German techniques

It’s time for a special 10th episode of Interviews with Fencers. We said that we need something special for the 10th episode, and once we saw Maurine’s questions, we knew that we found this “special” something. What we like about Maurine Brimau is not only that she’s a fantastic fencer, a promotor of HEMA and…

Anton Kohutovič: Nobody can become exceptional if he only imitates his teacher

As a professional, what advice would you give to a beginner interested in HEMA? Currently, there are many people who “know” the answers. And that sometimes kills the curiosity among beginners. Curiosity and excitement were driving me forward many years, and it helped me to improve myself. So my advice is: try to find the…

Thomas Couturier: Fitness in HEMA is underestimated

“I would say that there is a minimum level of fitness without which you can do nothing at all. And since your sword and gear are rather heavy, and you need both to stay low on your knees for a long time AND to be quick when you decide to attack (i.e, you need both…

Building A Bark Canoe In 12 Hours? – Elm Bark Canoe Part 1

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Thomas Lobo: I want to put my energy into the development of the HEMA Community

“I want to put my energy into the development of the HEMA Community. Too many boys and girls play with a ball, in place of a Sword. And a Sword is much more fun, we can all agree on that. HEMA is still too “confidential.” We need to continue becoming more visible. Big things like…

Victor Lavialle: I was amazed reading Liechtenauer Zettel

“I am not as knowledgeable about the sources as most HEMA practitioners: my main interest is the fencing. However, I was amazed when I first read the translation of the Liechtenauer Zettel as it contains all the elements of an intemporal fencing system, still relevant today, and proving a deep understanding and theorization of the…

The Ultimate Guide: Custom Longbow & 38 Legendary Bowyers

Are you someone interested in custom Longbow? Do you wish to make a handmade longbow for yourself? If that is the case, this article will help you know everything regarding this famous medieval bow. Here you will find the best bowyers and even a few fantastic handmade longbows which you can buy immediately. What is…

The Ultimate Guide: Custom Katana & 58 Legendary Swordsmiths

Purchasing a custom Katana cannot be exactly categorized under “regular” purchases. But, you will be surprised to know that there are abundant choices available. Hence, in this article today, I will be exploring some of the best custom Katana makers in the market at present. What is a Katana, a famous Samurai Sword? Katana: Does…

Bystrík Holeček: I can’t live without my HEMA stuff

“I can’t actually live without all my HEMA stuff heh. My favourite part of the equipment has to be the combination of a sword and buckler. Probably because I’ve used them when I’ve first started with HEMA.” The post Interviews With HEMA Fencers [EP. 007 Bystrík Holeček] appeared first on Wise Peasants.

Medieval Swallowtail Crossbow Bolts Don’t Work

Testing the large hunting heads seen in Medieval Manuscripts Following up from a point in a previous video we try to capture the flight characteristics of a large swallowtail head when fitted to a heavy medieval crossbow bolt on high speed video. The bow and bolts featured in this video are for sale at https://todsworkshop.com/collections/in-stock-historical-swords-daggers-crossbows…

Review: Kvetun “Matt Easton” Sabre Prototype

After several unsuccessful attempts Matt has recently been working with Kvetun Armoury to create what promises to be an ideal training weapon.The result is a training tool of excellent quality with some wonderful performance characteristics which will be a welcome addition to the armoury of many sabre fencers; with a few changes this could be…

Full Tang Knives & Swords: Are They Better?

Full Tang Knives & Swords: Are They Better? How strong does a tang need to be and are full tangs always better, or is it just a sales gimmick? Extra videos on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scholagladiatoria

Accidental Chemistry: Historical Laundry Part 4

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Marxbrüder vs Freifechter in “Perspectarische Vorstellung einer Fechtschule” from the 1700s

This is one of my favourite fencing images, a display of a Fechtschule event between Marxbruder and Freifecther. Join me as we go through some of the many amazing details of this image, and relate them to our own times. Courtesy of signore Roberto Gotti and, Gairthenix and MAM.

A Review of the Henry V Sword from Arms and Armor

Physical Characteristics: Weight: 2.7 lbs. (hollow ground version: 2.3 lbs.) Length, overall: 33.5” Length, blade: 27.5” Length, grip: 3.75” Width at cross: 2.25” Width at PoP: 1.25” Point of Balance: 2.5” from cross Point of Percussion: ~17” from cross       The thing you notice first when taking up this reproduction by Arms and…

Monography on 15th Century German Judicial Duel

Some Observations on Judicial Duels, as Practised in Germany by Hugh T. Knight, Jr. “In this work we will discuss the origins of the judicial duel, its definition and how it differs from other kinds of duels, and its constituent parts and format. We will place particular emphasis upon the different forms of judicial duel,…

14th century poem on sport and martial arts

In the poem the protagonist looks at a tournament together with an acquaintance. He is of the opinion that tournaments should be hard and brutal. […] The acquaintance answers: “You stupid man! What I can tell you, which is not clear to you: The sport has been conceived, in old times exactly like today, so…

Treatises to the Long Knife (Langes Messer)

The Long Knife (Langes Messer) is a cut and thrust weapon from the Middle Ages, which enjoyed great popularity as a weapon of defense especially in the 15th and 16th centuries. There are several instructions in fencing books for the Long Knife. In the following article I have listed most fencing books which I have…

The illusion of “good” equipment

When we learn and train Historical Martial Arts, we must be aware of some traps we may fall in. In a small series of articles I will point out some of the pitfalls in learning historical fencing. Being warned of traps helps us to avoid them or disarm them. These articles will aid instructores and…

Fencing according to the sources as a collection of techniques

When we learn and train Historical Martial Arts, we must be aware of some traps we may fall in. In a small series of articles I will point out some of the pitfalls in learning historical fencing. Being warned of traps helps us to avoid them or disarm them. These articles will aid instructores and…

Introduction: Tahtib

Tahtib is an ancient art, possibly dating back to the 2nd millennium BC. Engraved tomb walls at the archaeological site of Beni Hasan on the eastern bank of the Nile appear to show stick fighting practice resembling Tahtib. Although modern Tahtib practice tends to be friendly (and there is a heavily stylized Saidi form that…

Introduction: Bastone Siciliano

In Bastone Siciliano the stick is kept in constant motion, travelling around the head in various serpentine circular movements known as Muliné until it is time to execute a strike or parry. As an interesting aside, this constant, circling motion of the stick around the player’s head may provide possible insights into the ‘Frequens Motus’…

Introduction: Bâton Français

The baton was systematized in France during the 1800s and during the mid 1850s baton practice was one aspect of a gymnastics curriculum for French soldiers established at the Joinville military academy. Practice with baton was also popular in 19th century Savate salles. It is likely the baton was popular among various 19th century European…

Introduction: Jogo do Pau

Jogo do Pau (very roughly, ‘game of sticks’) comes to us from Portugal, home of Henry the Navigator and fine Port wine. This art, which typically employs a 5 foot (1.5m) to 6 foot (1.8m) long stick, appears to have originated largely in rural areas, particularly in the north (Minho and Trás-os-Montes), where the stick…

Fighting a longstick

Various native forms of stick fighting including: Singlestick (British) Greatstick (British) Jogo do Pau (Portuguese) Juego del Palo (Spanish) Makila (Basque) Bastone Siciliano (Sicilian) Scherma de Bastone (Italian) Stockfechten (German) La Canne (French) Bâton Français (French) Bataireacht (Irish) Shillelagh (Irish). […] Examples of arts involving longsticks include Hutton’s Greatstick, Jogo do Pau, Juego del Palo,…

Rossfechten – Mounted Fencing

Two obvious ideas are the idea of a good “seat”, and an appreciation of distance and feeling. An effective seat is essential not only for balance and stability, but also for effectively communicating with the horse. Correct posture and weight shifting keeps us balanced and in control, and gives subtle cues to the horse. The…

Interpretation in Historical Martial Arts

In the interpretation there is the danger of wishful thinking and the self-fulfilling prophecy. If an interpretation is shaped by the wish that it should convey a certain law of the art of fencing as its core, or always has a teaching content, then the interpretation in the sense of historical fencing will suffer from…

Using Feints Against Skilled Swordsmen

We have been taught that feints are a powerful tool in a fighter’s toolbox that allow us to create openings in our opponents’ defense through which we can attack. In truth, feints can be highly effective at doing that, which is why the masters gave us feints to use.  Here is an excellent example:  “The…

“Longsword Training Guide” by Hugh Knight

This book is a training guide for learning the German Longsword. It contains Formal Partner Exercises, Basic Drills, Structured Partner Drills, and much more. It is intended to be used with the author’s “Knightly Art of the Longsword” to teach the reader how to go beyond mere techniques of the art to actually learning how…

Where’s the axe in a poleaxe?

  Few terms used in the study of medieval combat are as often confused or misused as the word “pollaxe.”Partly, this is due to the fact that modern people want to apply modern rules of logic to medieval subjects, something which is not supported by actually reading what medieval men wrote.They also tend to ignore…

HEMA Weekly

What’s up in Historical Fencing Upcoming events: Nordschlag 2019 Lord Baltimore’s Challenge This week’s craftsman: Maciej Kopciuch and his “Art of Swordmaking” This week’s video: “Why were short swords sometimes better for military soldiers” by Schola Gladiatoria This week’s blogpost: Reconstruction of Historical Martial Arts on Hans Talhoffer In this summary I include not only current news, but…

Reconstruction of Historical Martial Arts

The reconstruction of a fencing piece seems to be not an easy undertaking. But in fact it is quite simple when having pictures. It gets trickier with texts, where first of all a transfer into a modern language must take place and this in several variants, if there are ambiguities of meaning. Continue reading on…

Why Were Short Swords Sometimes Better For Military Soldiers?

Why were short swords issued to some times of soldier in the era of gunpowder, rather than longer swords? Easton Antique Arms: http://www.antique-swords.co.uk Extra videos at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scholagladiatoria

Art of Swordmaking by Maciej Kopciuch

I’m an artist craftsman from Poland. My specialisation are medieval swords 10-15th century. I’m also a painter, sculptor, music composer, writer. Interested in medieval Arts, martial arts and crafts. My approach to swords reconstruction is to be as close as possible to this what I can see in museums. I think that the real, original…

Darkwood Armory

Medieval and Renaissance practice (blunt) fencing equipment, arms and armor – our customers are mainly SCA, HEMA and jousters. Swords, sabres, rapiers, lances, and protective gear. Website: www.darkwoodarmory.com Facebook: Darkwood Armory

Balefire Blades

Bladesmith Chris Adams and leatherworker Alicia Lewis. The offer longswords, arming swords, montante blades, rapiers, sideswords, smallswords, sabres, daggers and all leatherwork connected to them. Website: balefireblades.com Facebook: Balefire Blades

Regenyei Armoury

Péter Regenyei „makes swords as a living history research”. He also learns and teaches in a HEMA school in Hungary. He offers modern weapons, including museum replicas and his own designs, to which the foundations are also historical. The shape and characteristics of these swords are based on historical research. Regenyei makes feders, rapiers, daggers,…

Too complicated Decision Graphs in HEMA

Decision trees are sometimes derided by practitioners of historical fencing; after all the chaos of a fencing match rarely allows the luxury of time for complex decision making, and even a relatively simple decision tree can have multiple recursive branches and layers.  As a result even a relatively sedate exchange gives precious little opportunity the…