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

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

Wrist Mobility is more important than Glove Mobility

There is no shortage of online HEMA articles regarding gloves. Pros and cons of mitten versus fingered, hard shell versus leather, and even steel versus modern materials. I have tried Red Dragons, SPES Heavies, and Koning Gloves (my favorite) and have to say that while the finger and hand placement is certainly a big deal, I find myself struggling more with wrist mobility. If I use forearm protection, the cuffs of most gloves drastically decrease my ability to fight effectively, especially with one handed swords. If I don’t use forearm protection, I get a large number of painful bruises. I … Continue reading Wrist Mobility is more important than Glove Mobility

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

Joined the Cateran Society – Scottish Martial Arts

I have joined the Cateran Society https://cateransociety.wordpress.com/ 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

Smallsword

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 worth learning more about. Here is a neat website that talks about the systems: https://smallswordproject.com/. UPDATE 5/19/19 – I have done some light sparing with a smallsword recently … Continue reading Smallsword