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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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  • New to HEMA, what physical condition should I be in before I begin training.
    by /u/Frosticake on June 4, 2020 at 3:44 am

    For context, I’m 18, female, 4’11” and 103lbs. I don’t work out too often but I’m by no means obese. Just not physically fit either. I work out semi regularly but am unsure if I’m physically fit enough to get into HEMA. I can bench about 60lbs, and carry my 60lb dog around without much issue. I should also mention I have asthma. The only club near me practices German longsword and I have no clue what physical requirements i should have before signing up submitted by /u/Frosticake [link] [comments]

  • New to HEMA
    by /u/Jonsamross on June 4, 2020 at 12:01 am

    I’m just getting into HEMA I haven’t even have gear yet though I do have access to a Scottish claymore the two hander one and I am interested in learning how to use it I’m also curious about rapier styles so I’m trying to figure which style I should go with as beginner who has no experience with sword fighting submitted by /u/Jonsamross [link] [comments]

  • Modern english translations of Ringeck?
    by /u/J_nobody79 on June 3, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    By modern I mean newer than David Lindholm’s “Sigmund Ringeck’s Knightly Art of the Longsword”or Christian Tobler’s “Secrets of German Medieval Swordsman ship” . submitted by /u/J_nobody79 [link] [comments]

  • Can a Kendo stick be used for HEMA practice?
    by /u/Ngaff88 on June 3, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Money’s tight and it’s what I have on hand, would there be any issues with using it for Longsword practice? submitted by /u/Ngaff88 [link] [comments]

  • Italian Longsword learning materials
    by /u/weirdblueliondude on June 3, 2020 at 12:39 am

    I wish to study di Liberi’s style of longsword. I said at my local club that id be willing to teach others when I learned it. Any suggestions? submitted by /u/weirdblueliondude [link] [comments]

  • Justice 1416: Here is a short film written and performed by my HEMA group Club Spada. Part of it is from an earlier one which was called 1416 the beginning. Hope you like it
    by /u/Dravreth on June 2, 2020 at 4:59 pm

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  • Rapier vs katana, nice to see mixed weapon sparring where the fighters are equally matched
    by /u/GuardTierce on June 2, 2020 at 4:53 pm

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  • Feders Flex Pool
    by /u/CharlesHolmes1998 on June 2, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    How much do your feder flex? Taking your feder, putting the tip on a scale, pushing until it get a full flex in the blade and then taking away from the reading your feder weight. View Poll submitted by /u/CharlesHolmes1998 [link] [comments]

  • Outdoor fencing – Martin Fabian
    by /u/TUPDF on June 2, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    Hey guys, To raise your spirits – seems the COVID restrictions are slowly being lifted in Europe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYerxPGKTCo&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2e_3MOfeAr4hAiwWLcLiEqlQWh3fH1cOufTHc1vPzI74wXw0cOYBSdexE ​ Disclaimer: I am not one of the people in this clip 🙁 submitted by /u/TUPDF [link] [comments]

  • What are your opinions on the use of a roundshield in this context? Safe? Appropriate?
    by /u/SweetTea1000 on June 2, 2020 at 5:15 am

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  • Best camera for a HEMA club – GoPro or something else?
    by /u/michayr on June 1, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    (apologies if this is too off topic, please delete if problematic)I’m thinking of getting a camera to use with my club. Something to use to video sparring nights and cutting practice for later review, to record drills and lessons for online distribution, and to livestream classes over zoom while we are still locked down. I was defaulting to looking at a gopro, but someone pointed out that we would really just be putting it on a tripod all the time. So maybe something cheaper could work. Has anyone looked at cameras for their clubs or personal use and found a good solution? Edit: Clarifying that by livestreaming, I mean that we’re running classes over Zoom right now, and a camera that can work as a higher-end webcam would be useful. submitted by /u/michayr [link] [comments]

  • New to HEMA, need help.
    by /u/SirMaurice1023 on June 1, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    I cannot decide whether I’m left or right handed. I am left eye dominant when it comes to shooting sports and thus left handed in those sports, but most of everything else I do right handed. However, when it comes to swordplay, I’m researching some basics but couldn’t figure out what is proper. Doing it left-handed feels more natural and is the hand that I use to grab the sword first. Does anyone have any advise? submitted by /u/SirMaurice1023 [link] [comments]

  • i have been doing German long sword (before lock down) for a while and figured a good bit out, but now joining a club is realistic but they do Italian long sword, should i start for the beginning with Italian and forget German or just do both?
    by /u/bensyanimation on June 1, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    so before lock down me and a few friends (all martial artists) have been doing German long sword but recently i learnt of a club that financially is realistic thing is they do Italian long sword, witch i am not as interested in, i really want to join a club and giving up the club because of this style seems really stupid should i learn both or should i just forgot my German long sword and begin the new style. or is there another option i don’t see because me being rather new? submitted by /u/bensyanimation [link] [comments]

  • Recent experience with HemaSupplies.com?
    by /u/Dr-Eagle-eyes on June 1, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Anyone have recent experience with HemaSupplies.com? I am looking to order a custom Regenyei Longsword. After the fiasco with Lutel I want to make sure these guys are still on the ok to trust list before I put down a deposit. Thanks! submitted by /u/Dr-Eagle-eyes [link] [comments]

  • I wrote a barebones RPG that uses a (HEMA) sparring match to resolve conflicts
    by /u/sith1144 on June 1, 2020 at 9:28 am

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  • What is the general blueprint of a swordfight?
    by /u/zephyr_33 on June 1, 2020 at 12:43 am

    Using boxing as a reference, the fight would start with jabs so that the fighters can gauge the distance and read their opponents and from there they will keep increasing the intensity of their attacks. But I can’t see how sword fights would play. In my head most scenarios end with swords being blocked easily, one opponent tackling and wrestling the other. That or fighters locking weapons with each other and proceeding to deal damage with kicks, knees and simply overpowering with brute strength. I can’t see a jab’s equivalent in sword fighting and with only medium / heavy attacks there are only so many combinations available. armour – none to medium submitted by /u/zephyr_33 [link] [comments]

  • Just finished the crossleather for my trainingsword.
    by /u/Aldreth1 on May 31, 2020 at 4:35 pm

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  • The modified gauntlets I use for sparring.
    by /u/RandomSpanner on May 30, 2020 at 1:08 pm

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  • Looking for messer suggestions
    by /u/Charlie24601 on May 30, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    So, for background, I love fencing with the wood and leather dussacks. So when I started looking for steel training dussacks, I found that there are very few on the market, and most of them are crowbars and not very safe. Talking to my club, people suggested a messer. Sounded like a good idea. I mean in the end, dussacks, and messers, and even shorter sabers kind of all blend together in terms of size and shape and weight. Since messers are fairly common, I figured that would be a good place to start. So to be specific, I’m looking for a training messer with a two foot to two and a half foot blade, with a curve (even a slight curve). I’ve done quite a bit of searching online, and found a small number of possible leads, but I’m wondering if there is a smith out there that you guys just love that I might not have seen but you highly recommend. submitted by /u/Charlie24601 [link] [comments]

  • A 14th ish century mitten gauntlet i made myself
    by /u/jewelgem10 on May 29, 2020 at 10:03 pm

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  • 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: https://measureandweigh.com/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]

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