Koning Gloves, 2 Year Review

Koning Gloves are my favorite piece of kit and have kept my hands safe for two years. In the time I have owned them, I have taken many hits to the hands from synthetic and steel weapons alike. Once broken-in (more on this later), I have found the mobility and flexibility to be better than any other gloves I have tried. The Koning glove is a heavy HEMA glove with at least 4 layers: The first layer is leather and provides much of the glove’s distinct look and toughness. Second, there are internal plates that align when the hand is … Continue reading Koning Gloves, 2 Year Review

Purpleheart Armoury Messer Basic Trainer V3 Review

I recently ordered four basic messer trainers from Purpleheart. After a about two months of use, I wanted to share my impressions of the product. https://www.woodenswords.com/product_p/messer.trainer.gry.htm The TLDR version is that these are excellent products for the money, especially for a club. While I would not want to spar full speed with these due to their lack of flexibility, their weight and balance provide a good approximation of much more expensive trainers. I am very happy with the handle length for practicing handle wrap plays. I also really like that the nagel is attached by a ring backing making it … Continue reading Purpleheart Armoury Messer Basic Trainer V3 Review

Joachim Meyer, the flawed master

At my club, we practice a mixture of Fiore and Liechtenauer traditions with a slight emphasis on Liechtenauer. As I progressed through the program and achieved my apprentice rank, I needed to pick a treatise for independent study in order to move to the rank of scholar. I decided to go with Joachim Meyer for a number of reasons: The other scholars in my school had not chosen him He is a major influencer on modern HEMA I like the look of his book A few of the more advanced people in my class gave me grief about Meyer being … Continue reading Joachim Meyer, the flawed master

Baskethilt Scottish Broadsword VB Stryker Hybrid from Purpleheart Armory

*UPDATE*, 8/17/19 – I have decided to return this sword to Purpleheart due to another person posting pictures of a pierced basket. While I had no issues with this sword once I had completed the mod detailed below, I just didn’t feel safe sparring full speed with steel. Purpleheart was very helpful and informative in this process and I really appreciate their ownership, communication, and flexibility. The blade is really quite good and I hope that another revision of the basket provides a viable product. * I recently purchased the Baskethilt Scottish Broadsword VB Stryker Hybrid from Purpleheart armory and … Continue reading Baskethilt Scottish Broadsword VB Stryker Hybrid from Purpleheart Armory

Site for making 3D Printed sword handles

Just a quick post to share a site that lets you create custom 3D printed sword handles – https://powerful-sands-30060.herokuapp.com. Once you enter the measurements and taper of your tang, the site outputs a file that you can take to a 3D printer (provided the printer can make objects that large). You could also send the files to one of the many online printing services if you don’t have access to a printer. Thought I would share, took quite a bit of online searching to find this so I wanted to do my small part to raise awareness of a cool … Continue reading Site for making 3D Printed sword handles


Harnischfechten is an important, yet under-represented part of HEMA. I suspect this is due to the high startup costs associated with getting a full set of functional armor. Still, many of the primary HEMA sources spend a fair amount of time discussing armored combat. If we want to study the breadth of HEMA, then we need to look at armored fighting. When I started researching the subject, I was surprised by the lack of content for people starting out online. Simple google searches turn up mostly costume or decretive armor. I posted a question to reddit and got some interesting … Continue reading Harnischfechten

Hosting a HEMA Tournament – Lessons Learned and Costs

In a prior post, I mentioned that my school was going to attempt to host our own tournament. After crunching the numbers, we have ultimately decided not to go forward (at least for this year) due to the potential financial burden and logistical strain on a small school. I did want to pass along what I found in case it helps anyone else out there looking to put on a HEMA tournament. The spreadsheet below (I will attach it) calculates costs when the fields are updated and provides an estimate of total costs outside of catering and lodging. My expectation … Continue reading Hosting a HEMA Tournament – Lessons Learned and Costs