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Cut and thrust: components of the sword [Guest Post]

Cut and thrust: components of the sword [Guest Post]

By: Martin J. Dougherty. A sword, in the simplest terms, consists of a blade and a hilt. There are many sub-components of course, and not every weapon has all of them. Names for the various parts of the weapon have also varied from country to country over time. Some components (or words for them) are … Cut and thrust: components of the sword Read More » ...
Cut and thrust: the development of the sword [Guest Post]

Cut and thrust: the development of the sword [Guest Post]

By: Martin J. Dougherty. The key factor that allowed the modern long-bladed sword to develop was, of course, metallurgy. A knife blade, spear point or axe head can be made from a relatively small or very solid piece of metal, and is thus unlikely to break under the stresses of combat. As blade length increases, … Cut and thrust: the development of the sword Read More » ...
HEMA reading list – Spring 2018

HEMA reading list – Spring 2018

As requested, the beginnings of our HEMA reading list. Starting with a selection of the West Devon Swords bookshelf, the majority are works by authors and instructors we know, have worked with, or recommendations from courses and seminars that we’ve taken up. ...
Our HEMA video picks playlist

Our HEMA video picks playlist

In our most recent HEMA class, I was asked for a playlist of good material. While Google and YouTube will give you an avalanche of material, the Internet is notoriously filled with garbage and it’s often difficult to know who has sound technical provenance and who is just making stuff up. What follows is my … Our HEMA video picks playlist Read More » ...
Cut and thrust: effectiveness of the sword [Guest Post]

Cut and thrust: effectiveness of the sword [Guest Post]

By: Martin J. Dougherty. Historically, weapon designers also had to consider a number of other factors, not least of which was the ability of the user to carry and effectively wield a weapon. Most swords are carried as side-arms rather than as the main combat weapon. That is to say, if the user were expecting … Cut and thrust: effectiveness of the sword Read More » ...