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  • How thin were Medieval swords?
    by /u/NathanArmsAndArmor on September 28, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    Hey everyone, I’ve often seen it said on various forums that Medieval swords were very rigid, and there seems to be a sense that they were mostly really stiff for thrusting through maille etc. So, I measured a bunch of original swords and made a video blog examining them. I measure seven swords from, respectively, the 10th through the 17th centuries and most of them are very thin and flexible. If you’re interested, give the video a watch. My working hypothesis for the blades from the period when maille was the primary defensive armor is that these swords were probably mostly side arms the were simply never intended to thrust through that kind of armor, when most soldiers would have also had a shoulder arm like a spear. I think this implies some interesting stuff about how we think about swords in the era, but obviously I need more data for that. Planning on working with some other collections to gather more data on thinness and flexibility in the Medieval period. submitted by /u/NathanArmsAndArmor [link] [comments]

  • Why use original and foreign terminology when studying HEMA?
    by /u/Flugelhaw on September 28, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    Why do we use the original and potentially foreign terminology when studying HEMA, instead of translating everything into English? This was a question asked through a video on YouTube a couple of weeks ago, and I would like to propose an answer. Why not translate everything? This is a good question. A number of years ago, I used to share the point of view that there was no harm in translating everything, but then I came to realise just how much that was limiting my thinking, and so I now make a point of keeping at the technical terms in the original language. submitted by /u/Flugelhaw [link] [comments]

  • What safe hands for sidesword
    by /u/christmasviking on September 28, 2020 at 11:12 am

    I have recently purchased a kvetun sidesword and I want to eagle when the plague is over. I have been trying dry with my heavy steel hands but they feel a little excessive and restrictive. I have also tried using the lighter motorcycle knuckle gloves but they feel to little. What are folks using for sidesword? submitted by /u/christmasviking [link] [comments]

  • My first German longsword class
    by /u/ed-sucks-at-maths on September 28, 2020 at 8:37 am

    On Friday I held my first ever German longsword class. I prepared for it a lot, and it was an amazing feeling to see that the student (only one came) understood what I was teaching and how interested he was. Can’t wait for the second lesson. Will advertise it better to reach more people, though. submitted by /u/ed-sucks-at-maths [link] [comments]

  • What are the popular theories on the context of Liechtenauer’s art?
    by /u/Nobody_90 on September 28, 2020 at 12:49 am

    I dont use social media but was wondering what the popular theories or educated guess work that is out there on the context of Liechtenauers art? The only exposure to HEMA has been through a few months of studying Meyer. Given the time frame difference I can only assume Meyer is far different in regards to context. Is there any HEMA practioners or scholars here who could give me a run down on what theories are out there? submitted by /u/Nobody_90 [link] [comments]

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