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Review: Swordbag Liechtenauer

Posted on Aug 21st, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

As much as I love the pioneering aspect of Historical Fencing some aspects of it have, at times, also been a bit frustrating as we have had little…

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Review: Ontario Knives Chimera

Posted on Aug 8th, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Among the countries of the world one stands out as truly blessed with excellent knife makers manufacturing big utility/combat knives. Why that is, is…

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Review: Tinea Kombat Knife

Posted on Jun 29th, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Today we are going to look closer at a fairly new modern Italian-design combat knife that not so many have heard of yet, a knife that due to its…

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Review: KA-BAR D2 Extreme Fighting/Utility Knife

Posted on Jun 20th, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 8 Comments

When it comes to combat knives, next to the classical Fairbairn-Sykes Fighting Knife, few are as iconic as the USMC "KA-BAR". However, while the…

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Review: SPES Dussack Waster

Posted on Apr 4th, 2014 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Given how important the dusack has been both in the fencing schools and tournaments, all the way from the very early 1500s up until Napoleon and the…

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Review: A history of Europe by Aneas Silvius Piccolomini - 1400-1458

Posted on Feb 7th, 2014 - By Jean C - 0 Comments

A 'new' book from the 15th Century has just been translated and published.  The book was originally published in 1458 by Pope Pious II, originally…

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Review: SPES HEMA Jacket - Axel P model

Posted on Dec 27th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 2 Comments

Looking at how the HEMA community looks today it is easy to forget how hard we have been working to get the attention of manufacturers hoping to get…

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Review: Warring Maidens, Captive Wives, and Hussite Queens

Posted on Nov 7th, 2013 - By Jean C - 1 Comment

Before I go any further, I would like to point out that this is physically a very nice book.  The copy I got was a small hard back with a blue cloth…

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Review: Black Lance 5-finger HEMA Gloves

Posted on Jul 11th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

One of the most elusive pieces of protective gear for HEMA, the Holy Grail if you will, is good protective gloves that offer enough dexterity to not…

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Review: Where's my fighting trousers?

Posted on Apr 8th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 2 Comments

"A telegram? Oh, dear. It seems someone has been "biting me"...? Fetch me my trousers at once! No, not those. Those are my time travel…

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Review: Regenyei fechtschwert

Posted on Feb 5th, 2013 - By Roger Norling - 4 Comments

The swordsmiths around the world have seen some pretty fierce competition developing over the last few years, especially the high-end companies like…

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Review: Arms & Armor Fechterspiel Sword

Posted on Jun 18th, 2012 - By Roger Norling - 2 Comments

Swordsmith: Arms & Armor Arms & Armor have been making swords for practice and sparring since the late 80’s which makes them a very old…

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Hands-on Preview: Pavel Moc Fechtschwert

Posted on Feb 21st, 2012 - By Martin Fabian - 5 Comments

HEMA has gone through a lot of progressive development in the last decade. The community is growing rapidly and bouts, tournaments and other forms of…

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Review: Lichtenauer steel longsword

Posted on Sep 10th, 2011 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

In a way I think one's first real sword is like your first love. It is something you will always remember in a special way, since it was such a…

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Review: The Dave Rawlings/Knightshop Synthetic longsword - Pro-Line Extreme

Posted on Aug 2nd, 2011 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Few HEMA-related products have caused as much debate as the Dave Rawlings/Knightshop range of Synthetic Swords. This comes quite natural as they were…

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Review: Zugadore poly sparring sword by Revival.us.

Posted on Feb 4th, 2011 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

This waster came seemingly out of nowhere onto the market, at a time were we are seeing very quick changes and developments in the line of sparring…

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Review: Norrlands waster by Plastsmeden

Posted on Feb 4th, 2011 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

The best longsword nylon wasters I have tried thus far were hand made by Pentti of GHFS. Unfortunately he no longer produces these, so they are near…

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Review: Synthetic Longsword Type II by Purpleheart Armoury

Posted on Feb 3rd, 2011 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

This hand-made Synthetic Longsword II is actually a bit of an old Rolls Royce or a Bentley. The quality of the build and components is excellent and…

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Review: Synthetic Longsword Waster by Pentti of GHFS

Posted on Feb 3rd, 2011 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

I consider myself very fortunate having had the chance to follow the development and having been able to practice with the infamous Pentti nylon…

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Sparring swords - Introduction

Posted on Jan 22nd, 2011 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

What defines a good sparring weapon? A common notion is that it should be as close as possible to the real, sharp weapon it simulates, but be…

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Review: Scimitars Fencing Shoes

Posted on Apr 24th, 2009 - By Roger Norling - 0 Comments

Introduction Finding good, suitable equipment for Hema is a problem we all wrestle with and there are few products aiming to fulfill our particular…

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Review: Albion - The Regent

Posted on Feb 11th, 2009 - By Anders Linnard - 0 Comments

Thoughts: The Regent belongs to a category of longswords that can be presumed to have its origin in the mid 15th century Germany. The pommel is a…

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Review: Lutel 15019

Posted on Feb 11th, 2009 - By Anders Linnard - 0 Comments

Thoughts: Lutel 15019 is a typical sword created for modern training or steel sword sparring. The blade is simple and the edge is designed to take a…

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