Links to Other Sites of Potential Interest
This section, presented alphabetically by categories, includes links to other sites with related themes on the Internet, usually not otherwise specified within the body of the text, which I have found to be especially useful, informative or enjoyable. While some sites could be listed in multiple categories, a single "best fit" has been attempted.
Books & Magazines Linkpages Martial Arts Metalworking and Blacksmithing Resources
Swords-Noncommercial Swords-Commercial-Antique Bladesmiths Swords-Commercial-New
Armourers & Bladesmiths
BladeGallery.com includes illustrations of new custom swords and knives as well as of antique and ethnographic examples for sale.
Kevin Cashen, master bladesmith and creator of pattern-welded swords.
Castle Keep on the Isle of Skye, being the trade name of bladesmith Rob Miller, and supplying both unique custom and standardized traditional swords and knives.
Salamander Armoury is the trade name for Dr. Jim Hrisoulas, and this site includes much information of interest on bladesmithing and blade design. A section on pattern-welding is also includes an on-line catalog of this maker's work.
Zowada Custom Knives is the business trade name for Tim Zowada, a master bladesmith doing fine pattern-welded work, who also coordinates the annual Ashokan Seminar of the New England Bladesmith's Guild. His site includes illustrations of his fine work, general information about blades and a section of photomicrographs of blade edges.
Books and Magazines
Please refer to the Book Dealers and Periodicals Page
Lone Keep Internet, an ISP in New Jersey with a medieval theme, provides a linkpage to medieval related sites.
Therion's Arms & Armor Resources of the Web contains some links to great sites that I (and possibly you!) had not previously seen.
Martial Arts - Using the Sword
Hurstwic Viking Combat Training, with a training facility located in Millbury, MA and affiliates and study groups throughout the Americas, seeks to rediscover Viking combat methods by study of the sagas and artifact weapons in conjunction with activecombat drills with accurately balanced reproduction arms and armor. The group has produced three training DVDs on Viking fighting moves and has begun a series of DVDs on Great Battles of the Viking Age as related by the Icelandic sagas and shot at the actual locations of the action in Iceland, with The Final Battle of Gísli Súrsson now available and a recreation of the final battle of Grettir the Strong now in postproduction. The Hurstic website includes many resources on Viking Age culture.
Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts, a training school located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, emphasizes 11th through 14th Century European fighting arts.
The Association for Renaissance Martial Arts (ARMA) pages feature a wealth of information concerning the design and, especially, actual use of swords. A number of essays on a wide variety of topics is included as is a large annotated bibliography and glossary of terminology. I especially enjoyed John Clements' Fantasy of Swords essay.
Metalworking and Blacksmithing Resources
Anvilfire is presented as resource for blacksmiths and related metal workers and includes book reviews, a discussion group, information about suppliers, and, of course, links.
Swords - Commercial - Antique
Please refer also to the Mediaeval Sword Sources subpage of the Collector's Guide
Arms and Armour Auctions provides coverage of the auction market.
Swords - Commercial - New
Arms & Armor (Minneapolis, MN, USA) offers their own full line of reproduction arms.
Del Tin Armi Antiche (Maniago, Italy) offers a full line of reproduction arms.
Swords - Noncommercial
See also the Documents Section
The Association for Renaissance Martial Arts (ARMA) Forum for serious considerations about the actual use of swords in historical combat, as opposed to fencing and stage combat (formerly HACA).
The Ethnographic Edged Weapons Resource Site, though later in inception than this medieval sword site, is now in fact the parent site of which this site is a subset. It is still very new and under continuing development, and is intended to be an on-line encyclopedia of the diversity of historic edged weapons world-wide, containing original illustrations and descriptions as well as links to outstanding noncommercial sites. The sites linked to on this, my Ethnographic page, are strongly recommended and are not duplicated here.
MyArmoury.com, while focused on reproductions of European arms and armour, also includes a number of articles on antique swords, including medieval swords. Their presentation of the Oakeshott classification of medieval European swords is particularly recommended. While you are there, be sure to try out the 'weapon comparison tool'. The site also hosts an active discussion forum focused on both reproduction and antique arms and armour.
The Oakeshott Institute - a nonprofit education and research center with the purpose of furthering the study of ancient arms and armor.
Sword Forum International for lively discussions on all sword related topics with a special emphasis on swords currently being made in all styles.
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