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  • Sword Porn for Shut Ins- Friday: a large longsword/two handed with complex hilt and the guard arms carved in an undulating wave pattern, a replica of one we saw at an auction, a very nice sword . . . . . . #ArmsandArmorInc #SwordLife #AAunbox #MedievalSword #Swords #Sword #SwordFight #hema #rap
    by /u/NathanArmsAndArmor on June 5, 2020 at 7:09 pm

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  • Anybody have experience with carving wooden handles?
    by /u/RedactedBear on June 5, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    I’m wanting to DIY my own handle for a sabre and I’m wondering if anybody here’s done this. I don’t own a lathe but I have access to a number of other power tools. submitted by /u/RedactedBear [link] [comments]

  • Laminated linen armor: Surprisingly effective
    by /u/deepstrike101 on June 5, 2020 at 5:26 am

    Edit: Sorry, I made a mistake in the title. Cotton armor, not linen. Earlier today I did a cutting and thrusting test against a laminated cotton cuirass. This was not a historically accurate piece, more of a concept armor, a sort of “what if.” The armor was designed in the style of a Greek linothorax, which was made from laminated linen or leather, depending on whom you ask (a matter of debate). Which was the historical construction method isn’t relevant to this thread however- my armor was made from neither and not a historically accurate reproduction. The armor front was made by cutting many layers of canvas into the proper torso-fitting shape, then gluing them one to the other with wood glue. One layer of medium thickness cardboard was added to supplement rigidity. About 20 layers of canvas and half a gallon of wood glue were used total. One layer of canvas was covered with acrylic paint. The final result is a 3/4″ thick slab of hardened laminated cotton. It is quite rigid and sounds like wood when you knock on it with the knuckles. However, it is still semi-flexible, at least enough to make wearing it more comfortable than a metal cuirass or a modern plate carrier. I did a premature stabbing test, which saw a bowie knife penetrate the armor with ease, but fail to penetrate with a very thin brass plate in the way. However, the glue was not yet dry and I gave the armor some more time to dry before conducting the main test. Here are the results: Falcata: Medium stab- Several layers of canvas penetrated, I estimate less than halfway. Kukri: Medium stab- A few layers of canvas penetrated, less than the falcata (to my surprise). Bowie (Small): Medium stab- More than halfway through. Bowie (Large): Medium stab- Nearly all the way through, but still did not defeat the armor. Falcata: Medium cut- Surprisingly ineffective. Only the top layer of canvas was cut through, and the underlying glue and acrylic-soaked layer was not cut through. The sword is sharp enough to cut paper, but unfortunately the vendor’s edge geometry was pretty bad. This may have played a part. The cuirass was braced against a cardboard moving box, which in turn was braced against a wall. The cuirass suffered no significant structural damage. In other words, this cuirass would have offered effective protection against most blows on an ancient or Medieval battlefield. I doubt it would stop a thrust from a spear or lance, or perhaps even a hard thrust from a tapered sword, but some thin metal plating would go a long way to ensuring this is the case. I’m adding thin steel and brass-plated plates laced to the armor. Tests against laminated fabric cuirasses by others (mostly with bows) also show significant resistance, though not invulnerability. Unfortunately, I don’t have a warbow to test-shoot with. After this test, I’m going to complete the armor set and use it as a HEMA breastplate (definitely much sturdier than the thin plastic one my club uses) and as a wall-mounted art piece (linothoraxes unwrap). It is a concept armor for a faction in a fantasy novel I’m writing. submitted by /u/deepstrike101 [link] [comments]

  • Question revolving HEMA and injuries
    by /u/SirMaurice1023 on June 5, 2020 at 1:24 am

    I’m new to HEMA, I have been practicing German longsword for about a week and am considering joining a group in a few months. How often do injuries happen when practicing HEMA with protection and synthetic swords? I am also a musician and do not want any irreversible damage done to my fingers. Should I maybe pick a different hobby or just stick to solo study? submitted by /u/SirMaurice1023 [link] [comments]

  • Does anyone know which manual the image of the guy throwing the hat at the other fighter is? For the life of me I can’t recall.
    by /u/K_O_T_Z on June 4, 2020 at 11:58 pm

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