Armouring and Weaponsmithing

Making of metal armour and weaponry

"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.

Chainmail comfort shoes

The perfect footgear to pair with your chainmail bikini, PaleoBarefoots offers customers the opportunity to have "100% protection and 100% barefoot feel."

The medieval arms race

Modern people think of an "arms race" as a competition between superpowers to see who can create the biggest and deadliest weapons, but the Middle Ages had an arms race of its own. Mark Teppo of Wired Magazine looks at weapons escalation in the medieval world.

Ancient Japanese warrior found still wearing his armor

A skeleton of a man wearing metal armor has been found in Gunma, Japan. The armor dates to the early 6th century and is very well preserved.

Additional pieces added to the Stafforshire Hoard

Archaeologists have returned to the field where the Staffordshire Hoard was found to look for more pieces. Several gold pieces fit in with items already identified.

Arkayn Leatherworks

Arkayn Leatherworks offers goods for all of your leather needs: belts, quivers, tankards,  bracers,sword frogs, sheaths, etc. They specialize in custom work, including artistic leather carvings and embossing, and they carry a wide variety of jewelry, leather, wiccan, and mundane.

Death-dealing Viking Swords for Sale

Actual medieval and Viking weapons will be sold in London on November 28.

NOVA looks at history of Viking weapons

A recent program in the PBS NOVA series explores Secrets of the Viking Sword. The 53-minute program is available to download and view from the NOVA website.

Caveat emptor!

The online comic XKCD offers wise words of advice in a recent strip for those seeking to buy swords from merchants.

Exhibit honors founder of Metropolitan Museum of Art's armor collection

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is putting on  show  “Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department” in honor of the founding curator, Bashford Dean, of their medieval arms and armor collection.

Service, combat, and chivalry in Arab, Alabama

David Moore of the Arab Tribune newspaper joins Thorfinn Eriksonnr, Ingris Utlennigsdottir, and Mailloch of Wulfhaven as they meet for for fighting, A&S, and building a new group in northern Alabama.

Xena inspires modern armor design

The increase in the number of female soldiers in combat has prompted American engineers to design better-fitting body armor for women. Their inspiration: Xena: Warrior Princess, "with more curves in the chest and hips."

"Funeral achievments" of Henry V showcased in British Museum clip

In a short video clip on YouTube, Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor discusses the helmet, sword and saddle believed to have belonged to Henry V from his tomb in Westminster Abbey.

7th Annual Pennsic Warriors of History Tournament

The 7th Annual Pennsic Warriors of History Tournament will take place August 8, 2012 at Pennsic War XLI.

Tudor costumes and weapons stolen from Northampton re-enactor

The education of school children in Northampton, England will be poorer after the theft of a van containing costumes and equipment belonging to re-enactor Steve Parish. Parish, who runs Past Alive, teaches children about English history.

Sweden's National Historical Museum artifacts online

The National Historical Museum of Sweden has created a website showcasing over 500 artifacts from many eras including the Viking Age.

Re-enactors test effectiveness of Viking weapons

How effective were Viking Age weapons? That's what members of Hurstwic, a Viking re-enactment group located in New England, wanted to find out using sharpened weapons and a pig carcass. (video)

Riding with the Atenveldt Equestrians

Combat, both armored and equestrian, is alive and well in the Kingdom of Atenveldt - Arizona in the modern world. recently reporter Kristy Siefkin, of the Fox News affiliate in Phoenix, met with members of the SCA to discuss combat and armoring. (video)

Chicago meets the Mongols

Chicago is about to be invaded by the Mongols, or at least the Field Museum is when it presents Genghis Khan, "the largest single collection of 13th century Mongolian artifacts ever assembled," February 24 through September 3, 2012.

History of the Helmet

While the word helmet dates to the 15th century, military headgear has been around for much longer. This article traces the history of the helmet from ancient warfare to modern sports.

Win a set of jousting armor!

The History Channel is offering Facebook members a chance to win a full set of jousting armor in conjunction with their program Full Metal Jousting. The sweepstakes ends April 15, 2012.

Re-enactor with spear bashes bad guys

Rochdale, England pub manager and re-enactor Neil Ashton never expected to enlist his medieval skills to defend his home until two robbers climbed in a window, causing Ashton to reach for the nearest weapon, his six-foot spear.

The search for lost technologies

For centuries, historians and scientists have bemoaned the loss of ancient technologies such as Greek fire and Damascus steel. In an article for io9.com, Alasdair Wilkins discusses both lost technologies, as well as the lost Apollo mission schematics.

The case for women Vikings

On her blog Bones Don't Lie, mortuary archaeologist Katy M. Meyers discusses proof of Viking women warriors in the 9th and 10th centuries in the form of swords found in female burial mounds. (photos)

Vikings rule at Higgins Armory Museum

The Higgins Viking Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts goes a Viking this spring with the exhibit Real Vikings: Valiant warriors or ruthless raiders? which opens March 31, 2012.