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  • How much do your clubs focus on the "Martial Art" aspect of HEMA?
    by /u/SchnitzelSandwich on October 22, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    I feel that a lot of clubs nail down the “Historical European” part right, but when it comes to sparring and learning techniques the ball is dropped a bit. When I was in my local club I felt more and more that we trained for tournies than actually learning the martial art of sword fighting. As in, in a hypothetical real duel I wouldn’t feel completely helpless. What do you guys think? submitted by /u/SchnitzelSandwich [link] [comments

  • Crowdfunding for a facsimile of the København Talhoffer manuscript
    by /u/taksihat on October 22, 2019 at 9:19 pm

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  • sidesword or rapier: what to buy
    by /u/jhndflpp on October 22, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    tldr; i’m looking for subjective opinions on what’s the more interesting/versatile/fun weapon to “play” with – the sidesword or the rapier. the long version: i am in a smallish hema group that’s primarily dedicated to english longsword. this is my first hema club, i’ve been doing it for about two years, and i enjoy studying and sparring with this larger weapon; but my background is olympic fencing (mostly because i couldn’t find hema in the late 90s/early 00’s in the midwest), and i’m definitely built for speed over strength. so i was thinking about getting something more in line with my natural talents to do some self-study and for an alternative on sparring day. my default inclination (not entirely uninfluenced by decades of watching “princess bride”) was “get a rapier”! one of the other nearby clubs gave a short presentation on the rapier at one of our get-togethers and suggested giganti, and it looked like a lot of fun. but then talking to people in my club, they said rapiers are as heavy as longswords and not as fun as you’d think. they said i should really get a sidesword as a more versatile and fun weapon to play with. i tried to do some research on here and people seem to like using sideswords and studying meyer’s “rappier”, but i couldn’t really find a lot of comparison discussion. i know it’s probably very subjective, but what do you all think? submitted by /u/jhndflpp [link] [comments

  • Bellatore
    by /u/TOSpadez on October 22, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Recently I have been searching for some good quality production when it comes to Rapier! I’ve been searching a lot, mostly for some that aren’t too overpriced since I don’t have a big budget to spend! But have only found a few that took my interest! One of the biggest eye catchers was perhaps Bellatore which made really beautiful rapier. It seems to be cheap by the way it looks on the page, since it shows 1 dollar sign symbol out of 3. But then again, I do wish to know the pros and cons of this. So I wish to ask it here since I’d like to have an biased opinion! submitted by /u/TOSpadez [link] [comments

  • What gloves for sword and buckler
    by /u/Topgunkos on October 21, 2019 at 10:50 pm

    Hi, What gloves do you guys use/recommend for S&B? I am happy paying more if it is worth doing so. submitted by /u/Topgunkos [link] [comments

  • Finally replaced the poor beat up leather wrap on my regenyei feder
    by /u/thecompanygoat on October 21, 2019 at 9:36 pm

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  • Favorite longsword master and why?
    by /u/e-wizard on October 21, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    I’m learning Meyer right now, and I was wondering what some of the other masters have to offer. submitted by /u/e-wizard [link] [comments

  • Marketplace?
    by /u/FencingDuke on October 21, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Are there any online forums/marketplaces where people buy/sell used gear? submitted by /u/FencingDuke [link] [comments

  • A review of the most recent translation of Ettenhard
    by /u/incognitiously on October 21, 2019 at 8:56 pm

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  • Fedder thoughts
    by /u/Imafungi1868 on October 21, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    I know this is over done so apologies for this. I need a new fedder. Anyone have and experience with this one? I love the look but I know hanwie has been bad in the past. But I think it’s been updated? Let me know what you think? Thank you submitted by /u/Imafungi1868 [link] [comments

  • What makes a good HEMA instructor?
    by /u/Flugelhaw on October 21, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    I am sometimes asked about what I think makes a good HEMA instructor. Sometimes students ask me, because they are thinking about becoming an instructor, and wonder what skills and characteristics I think are important. Sometimes I am asked by people who are already instructors, who want to improve how they deliver their instruction or how they run their classes. It is quite a reasonable question and is worth discussion. In this article, I shall offer my current thoughts, and I would certainly welcome discussion if you have different ideas. submitted by /u/Flugelhaw [link] [comments

  • Viktor Berbekucz Feders
    by /u/Caamos1995 on October 21, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Good morning guys I have been training Longsword for 4 months now with my club and I think its time to get my own sword, I have been looking at the hungarian smith Viktor Berbekucz and I’m very interested in his Feder . I wanted to know if anyone has used his swords in the past and whats your opinion about them and the price/quality ratio. submitted by /u/Caamos1995 [link] [comments

  • Cheap padding for low intensity sparring?
    by /u/Helmsman2001 on October 20, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Is there any cheap padding options I could use for synthetics until I get a proper jacket delivered/for low intensity sparring? submitted by /u/Helmsman2001 [link] [comments

  • Fabri Armorum "Arming sword HEMA" Review
    by /u/CharlesHolmes1998 on October 20, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Time and shipping and payment: I placed the order for this arming sword (custom pommel attachment) and a dagger on the 27th of November 2018, they shipped on the 18th of March 2019: 3 months and 19 days for a custom order sword plus the dagger (ordered less than 1 month from Christmas). The sword arrived in a sturdy cardboard box all wrapped in bubble wrap, no rust on the blade, no grease-oil on the blade. I paid via paypal after the order was completed. Stats: I bought the “Arming Sword HEMA”, Soft blade, I∙4 cross-guard, 4∙5 pommel, “Authentic” Design 1 grip. I asked to have the pommel attached via screw, the whole pommel is screwed on the tang and can be screwed off. (I didn’t like the visible brazing on their pommels, and this is the alternative option they proposed) The stats from the Fabri Armorum website: “weight 1,2 kg, blade length 83 cm, overall length 100 cm” My measurements: Weight: 1085 gr (115 gr lighter than expected, a noticeable nice surprise) Overall length: 1008 mm Blade length: 834 mm Grip length (no hilt, no pommel, just the handle): 116 mm Width of the blade at base: 43 mm Width of the blade at the point: 14 mm Thickness of the blade at the base: 3 mm Thickness of the blade just below the tip: 1,5 mm Thickness of the blade tip: 6,5 mm POB: 76 mm from the guard ​ Quality of the blade and hilt: The blade hasn’t taken any deep nick, the guard has taken a slightly deeper nick (I assume it’s a softer steel not tempered), but nothing which require any filing nor sanding. There is no rattle whatsoever between the blade and the guard, they are still well attached together. The blade flexes a lot (I chose the softer type) and I doubt you can find a safer trusting arming sword; it hast to be said that if you flex it to the maximum degree it takes an almost unnoticeable set, which can be removed by just flexing the blade in the opposite direction. So far, the blade hasn’t taken any bent. I won’t talk about the grip since they have so many choices that it depends a lot on your taste and what you choose. I can only say that I don’t think they used real leather. This fake leather is holding up pretty good, it has no tears and it is still solidly glued to the wood. ​ Handling and conclusion: I can say that I’m satisfied with this arming sword, even if it has good a flexy blade (which I appreciate since I value safety first) it handles very well and binding and parrying with the forte isn’t a problem at all. It doesn’t feel wobbly and the point of balance is good for my taste. I highly recommend this sword. submitted by /u/CharlesHolmes1998 [link] [comments

  • hi! Relay For Life finished this morning: here’s the Brisbane HEMA clubs (or who’s left of us after 17hrs of consecutive fencing!). All the relay teams together raised $52,000 for cancer research. We done did good
    by /u/sebbs128 on October 20, 2019 at 11:20 am

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  • I’m new to the sport and have some questions
    by /u/MephistophelesYK on October 19, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Firstly, is the black armory any good? And second, what’s the difference between light gloves and the heavier ones? Edit: since a lot of comments are about the jackets by black armory, i suppose it’s best to specify that since our club does unarmored, i was ask8ng more about the longswords and the feders submitted by /u/MephistophelesYK [link] [comments

  • More Partisan texts?
    by /u/phoensunfire on October 19, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    So I have Marozzo’s text on partisan but he is rather limited on what he tells you to do on its own. Does anyone have any more resources for Italian partisan? Or would glaive work as well? submitted by /u/phoensunfire [link] [comments

  • What you think you now about historical "sport" is wrong
    by /u/detrio on October 19, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Adam Franti gave a talk a while ago on this subject, and it was wonderful – the written version of it is even better. For those who insist early KDF is “teh deadliest of artz,” and meyer is “pure sportification,” I recommend you give this a good read: A WONDERFUL STRUGGLE: THE 16TH CENTURY ART OF CIVIC COMBAT, PART 1 Also glad autocorrect fixed ‘know’ as ‘now” in the title. submitted by /u/detrio [link] [comments

  • Opinions on Hanwei Tinker Longsword
    by /u/rcman57 on October 19, 2019 at 7:40 am

    Hey WMA, Looking into getting a Hanwei Tinker Pierce longsword sharp and blunt blade combo from Kult Of Athena. $320 shipped for a blunt blade for technical drills, a Sharp blade for cutting and a (crappy) scabbard to boot sounds like a pretty solid deal, with good press from both medieval review and Skallagrim I already have a VB feder for sparring so this would specifically just be for technical/solo drills and my first sharp. Being able to swap between sharp and blunt blades makes this seem like really great value. Would this be a good option or is there something better in the price range? Im aware the cold steel longsword is in this price range but its a sharp only. submitted by /u/rcman57 [link] [comments

  • Are we posting fun videos now? How about some Ahistorical EMA: Mangual + Backsword sparring, featuring my absolute peak at 2:05
    by /u/kenish25 on October 19, 2019 at 2:21 am

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  • The Last Knight – Renaissance Armo(u)r Exhibit at Metropolitan Museum of Art
    by /u/Ginsu_Viking on October 19, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Calling all East Coast armor geeks! NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art is having an exhibit on Renaissance armor through January 5, 2020. submitted by /u/Ginsu_Viking [link] [comments

  • Since someone was wanting fun posts, here is what happens when an outdoor club runs out of light
    by /u/thecompanygoat on October 18, 2019 at 3:44 pm

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  • Good protective gear for taller people?
    by /u/Space_Hippie on October 18, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    So I’m a bit on the taller side (6’4/195cm) and essentially I’m having a difficult time finding gear for longsword sparring that would fit well or provide enough protection (namely forearm/elbow and shin/knee guards) I already have a chronic knee injury as is and am really not open to any further ones. I’ve mainly been looking at superior fencing and SPES gear, but haven’t quite found anything that’s affordable enough or large enough to work for me. What sort of gear do you guys recommend I check out? (I live on the east coast of Canada so no European retailers) submitted by /u/Space_Hippie [link] [comments

  • Can you explain how someone gets hit to an obsessive indie game designer?
    by /u/MeekHat on October 18, 2019 at 10:34 am

    To make things clearer, I want to understand how fighters get hit most commonly, especially at different skill levels. How it’s usually portrayed is you either miss the timing or the position of the parry, but I’ve watched a few videos, and I haven’t noticed any obvious misplaced parries (and I mean, when the attacker strikes above but the defender blocks below), and haven’t really seen parries coming up a couple frames (in video form) too late making a huge difference. But I’m not a practitioner. The losses I remember seem to come down to a riposte more than anything else. But at the same time I imagine they usually film pretty experienced fighters. It’s worth mentioning that what I’m trying to do is kind of recreate what I perceive during those sparring matches (if grossly simplified) – namely, a flurry of parries, then somening happens that’s only perceptible during slow-motion replay and one party raises their hands (without the last part – here fighting is supposed to be lethal, obviously). Also in this genre (top-down ARPG) the outcome is kind of predetermined from the start, via some random numbers influenced by the fighters’ levels. In this framework, a successful parry is easy – start the correct animations and don’t do any damage, but with a hit it’s harder, at least for me, because I want to avoid the defender obviously ignoring an incoming attack, or a parry that clearly connects but still deals damage. I don’t know if this information is useful but it’s here. Anyway, the question still stands: what are the common ways (or reasons) for fighters to get hit? submitted by /u/MeekHat [link] [comments

  • Enough with HEMA dramas and passive-aggressive HEMA memes: post some cool videos of you having fun!
    by /u/_Vernier_ on October 18, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Because last time I checked, having fun was the actual final purpose of the entire swashbuckling operation! Competition or training, fencing or only fencing-related, doesn’t matter, just something (real exchange, stupid gimmick, whatever) that screams “Bruises apart, I’m fu*king enjoying this!!” Personal contribution from the latest Wessex League – London chapter (personal FB account, but whatever): Cheers 🙂 submitted by /u/_Vernier_ [link] [comments

  • Before Posting, read the FAHQ: Frequently Asked HEMA Questions
    by /u/detrio on April 20, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    There’s a great chance that what you’re about to ask is already answered in this handy FAHQ: ​ Loads of new folks coming into HEMA will have the same assumptions and questions, so we put it together with you in mind. After reading if you don’t find an answer to your question, feel free to post! submitted by /u/detrio [link] [comments

Ian K.

Founder of, Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) athlete