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Legendary swords from the ancient world

Swords have always been fascinating – the magnificence of the structure, the sturdy design and the fact that a mighty warrior once held it- are things which leave us mesmerized and in awe of...

The most expensive swords ever sold at auctions

If swords fascinate you as much as they fascinate us, this post is for you! Sword auctions over the period have been remarkable – the value that the swords fetch being unexpectedly surprising. Which...

Tamahagane. Unique Metal for Unique Japanese Swords.

Tamahagane is the best quality steel obtained using Japanese traditional techniques. The word tama translates as round, precious,the word hagane means steel. A good quality tamahagane can cost 50 times more than the ordinary steel. This steel is used to make...

One of Japanese Secrets – Ninja!

Ninja - also known as shinobi, was a class of warriors who usually originated from lower levels of society. They equaled to our-days spies and were in service of Japanese land lords (daymio) and samurai....

Basileus blade – machaira!

In ancient times, the man who claimed to take power over a region should prove his abilities in battle with the bearer of this divine power. Thus, to become a warrior-king the man had...

Sword Oiling. Part 2

There is a specific procedure of oiling used for different types of swords. For example, Japanese sword oiling looks like a ritual which is executed in a specific succession. An important moment is to...

Sword Oiling. Part 1.

A row classification of swords would divide the great number of today swords into at least three categories: - decoration swords, or non-functional replicas, - functional replica swords, and  - authentic swords, or ancient and rare exemplars. All...

Ethiopian (Abyssinian) Medieval Weapons

There are not so many evidences that tell us about Ethiopian Medieval Weapons. Africa, as a whole, is a great enigma especially when we speak about weapons. The medieval weapons of Ethiopia are called nwayate haql. The...

Sumerian and Akkadian Weapons

Brief History  The Sumer and Akkad are the most ancient civilizations which actually were the ones to create the army institution and first weapons. The need of military institutions and weapon inventions appeared because the Sumerian city-states fought for...

Ritual blades. Part II

Human Sacrifices  A special role the bladed weapons played in ceremony of obtaining military virtue symbols. The most appropriate example is the ritual scalping of the wounded or killed enemy which existed in the Indians...

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Swordsmithing II: Roman Tradition

It is my intention to continue the swordsmithing topic with the Ancient Rome sword craftsmanship. First Roman Swords  The earliest Roman swords represented bronze cast constructions...

Fencing is what makes wielding stunning!

In short, fencing is a warfare art which consists of a series of attack and defense movements. Evolution... Following the history guidelines, I came to conclusion...

Southeastern Cold Steel Weapons – Philippine Weapons Diversity

Let's travel to regions with a less known swordmaking culture - The Philippines! The Spanish claimed and colonized the Philippine archipelago around 1565. The Spanish...

Southeastern Cold Steel Weapons – Vietnamese Blades

History  Vietnam has been under the rule of greater civilizations or nations for centuries. And each of them left cultural traces and influenced Vietnam to...

Japanese Sword Polishing. Part 1

The Quillon (or Quillion) is on of the weird words linked to the mysterious history of sword. Its appearance is still an issue of...