Mobility versus safety

This topic comes up all the time in HEMA. How much safety should you sacrifice in the name of mobility. I have read a number of articles and I have to agree with the general consensus even though it is the least interesting: You need to decide for yourself. For a long time, I have used a linen based fencing jacket with minimal arm protection. Recently, my fencing has increased in intensity as my abilities have improved and I have been coming home with more and more bruises. I have made the leap to a more protective jacket, the SPES … Continue reading Mobility versus safety

Blending Together

As I study different types of sword styles, I am noticing more and more commonality between weapons. This makes sense, there are only so many different ways people can use a sharp, edged weapon with an handle on one end in an effective manner. That being said, I didn’t expect to be be able to apply rapier techniques to longsword and vise-versa as much as I am doing lately. Winding, tip control, and strong versus weak all apply pretty much universally. At first, I was concerned that broadening focus from one weapon to many would dilute my fencing ability by … Continue reading Blending Together

Joined the Cateran Society – Scottish Martial Arts

I have joined the Cateran Society and am looking forward to more structured learning on the basket hilted broadsword and other Scottish arms. Although I am new, I am very impressed with the system of instructional videos and documents that they put together along with a mentor program, all free of charge. It is clear they are passionate about sharing this knowledge. Continue reading Joined the Cateran Society – Scottish Martial Arts

My Current Equipment (click to view in table format)

Mask PBT Warrior with Overlay Gloves Koning Gloves Gorget Wintertree Steel Gorget Jacket Costumbres Medievales Forearm and Elbow SPES Chest Protection Absolute Force Plastron Leg / Knee Protection Easton Catcher Guards Bag Absolute Force Longsword – Synthetic Purple Heart Longsword – Steel 1 (Current Preference) Short Regenyei Feder Longsword – Steel 2 Regenyei Tournament Feder Rapier Hanwei Practical Rapier 37 Inch Blade Synthetic Side Sword Blackfencer Side Sword Steel Side Sword Regenyei Full Contact Sidesword Synthetic Broadsword Blackfencer Basket Hilt Broadsword Synthetic Messer Purple Heart … Continue reading My Current Equipment (click to view in table format)


Smallsword is another weapon that I have an interest learning more about, but for different reasons than any other weapon I have studied. Longswords, broadswords, and rapiers were developed as highly refined killing tools for their situations. In contrast, Smallswords seem to have been defined by fashion and society rather than lethality. Why people would trust their lives with a weapon that is just not as effective as a rapier is something learning more about. Here is a neat website that talks about the systems: Also of note, their are not really any low cost Smallswords out there. Castile … Continue reading Smallsword