Sword of Francis I from the Musée de l’Armée

Olivier Renaudeau, a curator from the Musée de l’Armée in Paris, looks at a royal buckler belonging to Henry VIII of England. Over five episodes Olivier explores objects in their collection related to the Field of the Cloth of Gold. The Royal Armouries had planned to feature the objects in our exhibition in Leeds. These…

When the CHINESE invented the LONGSWORD: Roaring Dragon Jian from LK Chen REVIEW

The Chu two-handed sword (jian) was probably the first steel-bladed ‘longsword’ that the world had seen and it was closely modeled on bronze examples that had gone before. Here we look at the historically accurate replica, the ‘roaring dragon’ jian, by LK Chen, with some historical background and cutting tests. Full review by Matt Easton…

Mystery Short Sword: What is it? Messer, Seax, Facine/Pioneer, Hunting Sword?

I buy and sell hundreds of antique swords, but I don’t really know exactly what this one is! Do you? I’ve also got some other antique short swords out to compare to it. Channel support and 3 extra videos per month on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scholagladiatoria Facebook & Twitter updates, info and fun: https://www.facebook.com/historicalfencing/ Tweets by scholagladiato1…

2200 Year Old Chinese Swords – LK Chen Magnificent Chu Jian Review & History

Matt Easton (Scholagladiatoria) reviews the beautiful Magnificent Chu Jian from LK Chen. https://lkchensword.com/magnificent-chu-jian Channel support and 3 extra videos per month on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scholagladiatoria Facebook & Twitter updates, info and fun: https://www.facebook.com/historicalfencing/ Tweets by scholagladiato1 Matt Easton’s website and services: https://www.matt-easton.co.uk/ Easton Antique Arms: https://www.antique-swords.co.uk/

Military Sword / Sabre Replicas – Are There Any Good Ones? Plus Advice On Making Them.

I OFTEN get asked about where to get good quality replica military swords and sabres. People ask about Cold Steel swords, Deepeeka, Universal Swords and others. My advice has been the same for the last several years, because no new products have come onto the market to change my advice. In this video I summarise…

Medieval Two Handed Swords (zweihander, montante, spadone) – Context Part 1: Weight & Size

I feel that two-handed swords (otherwise known as greatswords, zweihander, montante, spadone etc) are a little misunderstood. They are not simply extra-long longswords, or at least lots of them are not. They have distinctive characteristics and methods of use. English Medieval Two-Hand Sword: https://www.museumreplicas.com/windlass-english-two-hand-sword?affiliate=scholagladiatoria Channel support and 3 extra videos per month on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scholagladiatoria…

SWORDS with Small or No HAND GUARDS: Not Bad!

A lot of people online seem to think that swords without substantial or protective hilts are BAD. This is really short-sighted and ignores most of the historical context. Channel support and 3 extra videos per month on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scholagladiatoria Facebook & Twitter updates, info and fun: https://www.facebook.com/historicalfencing/ Tweets by scholagladiato1 Matt Easton’s website and services:…

Left-Handed Sword Fighting, Hilt Symmetry & British 1796 Pattern Swords

Bringing together a few related topics – the British 1796 pattern swords, left-handed swordsmen and hilt balance, or symmetry. Channel support and 3 extra videos per month on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scholagladiatoria Facebook & Twitter updates, info and fun: https://www.facebook.com/historicalfencing/ Tweets by scholagladiato1 Matt Easton’s website and services: https://www.matt-easton.co.uk/ Easton Antique Arms: https://www.antique-swords.co.uk/

The ceremonial sword of Francis I from the Musée de l’Armée.

Olivier Renaudeau, a curator from the Musée de l’Armée in Paris, looks at Francis I’s ceremonial sword. Over five episodes Olivier explores objects in their collection related to the Field of the Cloth of Gold. The Royal Armouries had planned to feature some of the objects in our exhibition in Leeds. These films will be…