Author Archives: Eyal Azerad

Oakeshott and his typology – Part III

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Filling in the Blanks Ewart Oakeshott’s typology may be one of the most useful tools in documenting and understanding the Medieval arms race, but it is far from a complete picture of the development of the Medieval sword.  In order to complete one’s picture of the sword, one must also look at the hilts of […]

Oakeshott and His Typology – Part II

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Tracking the Medieval Arms Race Ewart Oakeshott’s (1916-2002) typology is far more than just a means for cataloguing variations on the Medieval sword. It also tells a story – a chronicle of an arms race centuries ago that pitted armorers against bladesmiths in an ongoing battle to push military technology to its limits. One cannot […]

Oakeshott and His Typology – Part I

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  Debunking the Myth of the Medieval Sword When it comes to the study of the Medieval sword, Ewart Oakeshott ( 25 may 1916- 30th September 2002) was arguably the man who did more than any other to bring the study of arms and armour into the 20th century as a serious field of study. […]

A Guideline for proper Sword Maintenance

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The most common “how to” question sword collectors pose is categorically about sword maintenance. As such, we have written this brief overview to assist collectors protect their swords from rust corrosion and offer simple to follow tips to maintain their sword fittings and blades. It should first be noted however, that this blog article is […]

Top 10 Movie Swords of All Time

In Hollywood, Medieval battle scenes are fought with different weapons. However, very few weapons spur such intense clashes as the sword. Movie swords have long been popular among collectors. The following list is our staff’s top 10 favorite Hollywood swords of all time. #10 The Atlantean Sword, ‘’Conan the Barbarian’’ Arguably one of the ugliest […]

Gothic Gauntlets

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The origin of the expression ‘throwing down the gauntlet’ stems from medieval times and is literally a declaration of war. One look at the weapon, that often featured knuckledusters designed to maximize punishment when delivering a punch to an enemy and it’s easy to understand how the gauntlet became a symbolic call to arms. Early […]

Rediscovering The Ulfberht

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By Eyal Azerad     During the early Middle Ages, the primary metal available for the manufacture of swords was derived from bloomery iron, made by heating iron ore with charcoal in small furnaces. While sufficient for some applications, the finished iron was plagued with slag inclusions that weakened the metal, rendering a sword blade that […]