Armouring and Weaponsmithing

Making of metal armour and weaponry

Viking sword has colorful history

Auctioneers at Christie's have announced that they will offer for auction a double-edged Viking sword associated with the battles of Hastings, Stamford Bridge and Bannockburn. The sword is expected to bring between UK£80,000 to £120,000. (photo)

Reconstructing and Testing Ancient Linen Body Armor

In little more than two decades Alexander the Great of Macedon (356-323 BCE) conquered by military force nearly the entirety of the known world. Despite the fact that he led one of the most successful armies of all time, surprisingly little is understood about the main type of body armor that apparently both Alexander and many of his men wore.

Don't mess with this doll!

Tired of your bunny-furred, Viking Barbie? Bored with her Renaissance corsets and undies? Then considering contributing to Faire Play, a 3D printed suit of plate mail that's compatible with the Barbie Fashionistas line of dolls, that allows your Barbie to kick some butt in full, plate armor. (photo, video)

Wanted: Swordsmith apprentices for Edinburgh master-at-arms

Master-at-arms Paul Macdonald, of Macdonald Armouries in Edinburgh, Scotland, is looking for two apprentices. Qualifications include the ability to learn quickly and a passion for history.

Yorkshire Museum covets Bedale Hoard

In 2012, a "nationally significant" Viking hoard, including a gold sword pommel and silver neck ring, was discovered in Bedale, North Yorkshire. Now the Yorkshire Museum hopes to buy the collection which is valued at UK£51,636.

Roman cavalry helmet found at Iron Age shrine

In the year 43 CE, a Roman cavalry helmet, decorated with a silver-gilt wreath of victory, was buried by an Iron Age tribe at a shrine in Hallaton, England. Experts are still considering how such a helmet came to be in tribal hands. (photo)

The well-armored puss

Worried that your feline companion is underprotected? Behold! Leather armor fit for Bastet - or a Khajiit warrior - promoted on the Geekologie website and made and sold on Etsy by schnabuble. (photos)

Persian arms and armor articles online

On his website, Dr. Manouchehr Moshtagh Khorasani has posted a number of his articles on Iranian and Persian armoring and swordsmithing. Most of the articles are available in English in PDF format.

"Sharing knowledge" in Hellsgate

Things got a bit noisy at the Copperas Cove Library recently when Anthony Schienschang brought his hammer and anvil for a demonstration of armoring. Schienschang is a member of the SCA, Stronghold of Hellsgate in the Kingdom of Ansteorra. Valerie L. Valdez of the Killeen Daily Herald (Killeen, Texas) has the story. (photos, video)

Multi-period grave swords puzzle experts

Archaeologists working at the site of a 12th century crusader grave in Hyvikkälä, Janakkala, Finland were puzzled to find the remins buried with two swords from different historical periods.

"If you can’t be what you want to be, what’s the point of growing up?”

As a child, Jay Secord wanted to grow up to be a knight. Today at 42, Secord may not be a knight, but he is an armorer with television and movie credits. Doug Williams of the San Diego Union-Tribune has the story.

Weapons stolen from British re-enactor

History buff and medieval re-enactor Michael St Omer of Hadlow, England is devastated by the recent theft of swords, archery gear and other equipment from his parents' garage. "I can replace the weapons but they were the first ones I ever had and they meant a lot to me," he said.

"Secrets of the Viking Sword" available online

In case you missed the presentation of PBS' Nova: Secrets of the Viking Sword, the program is available to view on the PBS website.

Armor on the runway

The newest trend in fashion is not crop tops or romantic florals but medieval armor. Annalee Newitz of io9 reports on the work of designer Pinkabsinthe whose handcrafted fashion armor may not protect, but certainly looks cool. (photos)

Roman chainmail found in Harzhorn

German archaeologists are excited by the discovery of well-preserved Roman chainmail during excavations near Kalefeld in the Northeim district north of Göttingen, the first such armor recovered from a Roman-Germanic battlefield. (photo)

Ammunition tells of attack on Mingary Castle

Archaeologists excavating Mingary Castle in west Ardnamurchan, Scotland have recovered a musket ball and canonball in the moat of the castle, speaking of an attack sometime in its past. Mingary is considered to be "the best preserved 13th-century castle in Scotland."

Viking Shield: Viking Age replicas and gifts.

Viking Shield specializes in all your Viking needs. They offer a full range of weapons, clothing, armor, jewellry, games, feasting gear, and art.

Ottoman armor plate found at Perperikon

In 1361, the Thracian city of Perperikon, now in Bulgaria, was besieged by the Ottoman Turks. Among the artifacts found during recent excavations of the site was a bronze plate, believed to have been part of the armor of an Ottoman commander.

Medieval Samurai artifacts to be auctioned

Wealthy collectors are checking their pocket books at the announcement of the auction of several 13th century Samurai swords made by master maker Bizen Nagamitsu, estimated to sell between US $150,000 and $200,000. The swords, as well as other weapons and armor, will be auctioned October 8, 2013 by Bonhams in New York. (photo)

Troy, Ohio to host blacksmithing symposiums

From September 27-29, 2013, Southern Ohio Forige & Anvil will present one of the largest metal-art events in the United States. Quadstate 2013 will take place at the Miami County Fairgrounds in Troy, Ohio, and will feature a wide range of classes and a swap meet.

The weight of civic duty

Since 1954, John Mattick has carried the 16th century ceremonial sword  before the mayor at civic events in the Welsh city of  Carmarthen. Before that, his father carried it. Now it will be passed to his son. "It is a weighty thing to carry, and that's mainly why I'm having to give it up at my age," Mr Mattick said. (photo)

Armoring Richard III

At the March 2, 2013 Conference of the Richard III Society, Dr Toby Capwell discusses how the royal armorer might have coped with Richard's scoliosis. The 30-minute presentation, with slides, is available on YouTube.

Higgins Armory lives on in auction catalog

Sadly, the Higgins Armory will close its doors in December, 2013, but a catalog from an auction of some of its collection, which took place March 20, 2013, is available to view online.

MetPublications offers free armor books

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is featuring twelve books celebrating arms and armoring on its MetPublications website. Some of the books are available to download, and others are readable online.

"Weapons & War in the Iron Age" comes to the Western Science Center

The Western Science Center in Hemet, California is teaming up with La Sierra University to present Weapons & War in the Iron Age which "examines the important period of the 2nd millenium BC in the ancient Near East." The exhibit will open May 19, 2013.

Higgins Armory to close

The Higgins Armory Museum, much beloved of SCAdians, will be closing at the end of the year. The museum houses one of the biggest collections of arms and armor in the United States.

Grave of Russian warrior yields weapons and treasure

Excavations of a grave in the Caucasus mountains in Russia have revealed a man buried with gold, armor, and weapons. The burial dates to between 400 BCE and 200 CE.

How To Forge A Helmet

How To Forge A Helmet is a step-by-step guide for making your own Viking-Age Spangenhelm.  It is a Kindle Book on Amazon, written by Armourer Joe Piela aka Gijchar of The Lonely Mountain Forge.  Approximately 24 pages long, this book is illustrated with 19 photos, including 1 of the pattern used to make the helmet.

The forging of Frankish swords

In a scholarly paper, an abstract of which was published recently at Medievalists.net, K.F. Werner examines techniques for forging Frankish swords from 700-1000 CE. Werner disputes the generally-accepted techniques.

Sir Leif's "man caves"

According to reporter Jeremy Reeves of the Kenosha News, Dennis Nedweski has created two "man caves" for his hobbies. One is full of football and hockey memorabilia, and the other is full of armor.