Pros and Cons of VB Swords, Viktor Berbekucz

For those looking for low cost HEMA steel swords, the VB products made by Viktor Berbekucz present a tempting option. The prices are generally low and availability is good, two qualities that are hard to find in HEMA equipment. I have a number of their products and some trends have presented themselves that I wanted… Continue reading Pros and Cons of VB Swords, Viktor Berbekucz

Kvetun Armoury Meyer Rapier Review

Over the past year, I have been working my way through Joachim Meyer’s system. While I started with the longsword, I have been finding new insights in his other weapon systems. I always like to try and use training tools that approximate the source material, so I ordered a Meyer Rapier from Kvetun Armoury. … Continue reading Kvetun Armoury Meyer Rapier Review

The Scheitelhau Effect

Other than a decidedly HEMA-themed band name, what is the “scheitelhau effect”? This is a term we have been using in our club to describe instances where techniques are dependent on reaction to threat and/or fear of injury that would come from fighting with sharp swords. The phrase comes from our experience with scheitelhau, the… Continue reading The Scheitelhau Effect

Impressions of the Castille Complete Economy Small Sword

Smallswords are intriguing as a system, but I have not been a fan of most of the lower-cost training swords on the market because they tend to use epee blades. I understand that epee blades are a light, safe, and economical way to produce a smallsword, but I don’t like the look of them. They… Continue reading Impressions of the Castille Complete Economy Small Sword

Indoor Longsword Trainer VB Style, V1 from Purpleheart Armoury

Given the pandemic, many people are unable to attend their normal HEMA classes. Space and ceiling height constraints make practicing longsword at home challenging. My ceiling has its fair share of battle wounds from previous home sessions when times were better.  My ceilings (and wife) have very much appreciated my investment in the Indoor Longsword… Continue reading Indoor Longsword Trainer VB Style, V1 from Purpleheart Armoury

Strategies for the Middle-Aged Fencer

My opponent and I circle, just out of measure. We adopt various counter guards based on what we see in each other's posture and perceived intent. The moment comes, and my opponent launches a thrust to my mask. I was waiting for this, I can see it coming, but my body can’t move as fast… Continue reading Strategies for the Middle-Aged Fencer