Armouring and Weaponsmithing

Making of metal armour and weaponry

Pennsylvania Blacksmith Retiring, Shop for Auction

Peter A. Renzetti, AKA "The Unknown Blacksmith" and owner of Arden Forge, is retiring. His shop and all of its contents go on the auction block in mid-May in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

SCAdians and academics unite for Medieval and Renaissance Evening

Medieval sights and sounds were the order of the day recently when Lynchburg College (Virginia) presented its annual Medieval and Renaissance Evening complete with handsome knights in armor, lovely ladies in long gowns and clever bards. Christa Desrets of the Lynchburg News-Advance has the story.

French re-enactor shares armor research

On his website, French re-enactor Bernhardt de Teyssonnière (his period name) shares photos of his armor as well as the sources he used for his research.

Armour Research Society to hold conference in London

The Armour Research Society "is bringing together some of the finest minds in the field of arms and armour research from both the United Stated and Europe." The conference will take place March 31-April 1, 2007 at The Wallace Collection, Hertford House in London.

Conference of the Armour Research Society 2007

description:
The Armour Research Society is bringing together some of the finest minds in the field of arms and armour research from both the United Stated and Europe . For 2007, we are congregating in London at The Wallace Collection, Hertford House.

Conference of the Armour Research Society 2007

March 31 – April 1, 2007

The Wallace Collection
Hertford House
Manchester Square Location:
Armour Research Society (London, England)

Barbarian Battle Tech on the History Channel

On Sunday, March 4, 2007 at 20:00 (EST), the History Channel will air an episode of Modern Marvels entitled "Barbarian Battle Tech," which deals with weapons that revolutionized warfare.

1500-year-old sword found in Taiwan

Archaeologists at the Southern Taiwan Science Park in Tainan, Taiwan, have discovered what they believe to be the country's oldest sword.

Craft and art combine for Calontir armorer

SCA member Andy Ward of Avoca, Arkansas combines craft and artistry when he creates armor for his business Ward Metal. Becca Bacon Martin interviewed him for an article in the Morning News.

British Museum Purchases Gold and Garnet Anglo-Saxon Sword Hilt

The British Museum purchased a set of gold, garnet enchrusted Anglo-Saxon sword fittings. They were discovered by a metal detectorist in 2002 near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire. The fittings are a unique find for Anglo-Saxon England.

Midrealm armorer prides himself on period look and feel

Several years ago Midrealm subject and machinist Ben Scheiner learned he would need armor to take part in SCA fighting in the Barony of the Fenix. Now he has parlayed the hobby and his flair of metalworking into a fulltime job as an armorer. The Cincinnati Enquirer has the story.

Armor for Kitty?

Metal sculptor Jeff de Boer has a number of interesting pieces featured in his online gallery. Among them are complete suits of armor - for cats and mice.

Sword-Wielding Resident Thwarts Home Invader

A victim of home invasion in Memphis, Tennessee defended himself and gave police a solid lead in solving the crime when he lopped off the assailant's finger with a sword.

Palatine Hill excavation in Rome yields artifacts from deposed Emperor

The Emperor Maxentius was defeated by Constantine I in a battle in the year 321 C.E., but his followers apparently concealed his scepter, ceremonial weapons, and other regalia from Constantine's forces by burying the items. Archaeologists excavating Palatine Hill in Rome have located the cache, which is notable for the condition of the objects.

High School Yearbook to Ban SCA Sword

Portsmouth High School senior and SCA member Patrick Agin may appear in the school yearbook wearing his chainmail, but the broadsword over his shoulder must go, say school officials. Bruce Burdett of the East Bay, Rhode Island newspaper reports.

Virtual Armoring Exhibitions Online

The Higgins Armory Museum and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute have created a series of virtual exhibitions dealing with the martial arts in Medieval and Renaissance Europe with an emphasis on armor and fighting techniques.

"Nanotubes" Discovered in Saracen Swords

The November 15, 2006 issue of New Scientist magazine contains a story on the technology of the Damascus steel swords used by the Saracens during the Crusades. A new study shows that forged steel techology was very modern.

Arts and Combat Featured in Northshield Demo

Can a fighter accomplish a cartwheel in full armor? Well... maybe. Mike Prahl gave it a try in 40 pounds of plate as he demonstrated his skill along with other members of the Shire of Rivenwood Tower in Mankato, Minnesota. Free Press reporter Sara Gilbert Frederick had the story.

An Tir Man is a Master of Chainmail

Washington State University student Matt James scorns the usual college activities for a hobby creating chainmail and fighting in the SCA. Lisa Waananen of the Daily Evergreen has the story and slide show.

Scottish Swordsmith Takes on Parliament

Swordmaker Paul Macdonald is fighting City Hall - or more appropriately the Scottish Parliament - who recently passed a law strictly regulating the sale of swords in the country. Macdonald crafts historically-accurate weapons for re-enactors which he sells to museums, theatres and collectors.

MacFarlane Swords and Accessories, LLC

MacFarlane Swords and Accessories, LLC, is a low-price provider of swords, knives, axes, helms, pouches, and accessories. They invite inquiries about items not listed in their catalog and are willing to try to find hard-to-locate specialty items.

MacFarlane Swords and Accessories also creates custom leather items upon request, with each item being individually priced according to difficulty

Armor Stolen in Principality of the Mists

Faelan ua hEogain (Michael McPartland) reports that his armor was stolen from his vehicle on Saturday September 30, 2006 in Sunnyvale, California.

An Tir Man's Armor Featured in Hollywood Films

Blacksmith and SCA member Ugo Serrano has successfully combined reality and fantasy by using his medieval craftsmanship to create armor and weapons used in the movies. Leslie Slape of the Daily News (Olympia, Washington) reports.

Stonekeep Armory Suffers Setback

Michael Spiers, the proprietor and chief armorer of Stonekeeper Amory, has undergone emergency spine surgery, and his assistant has announced that current orders will be delayed.

Scotland Hopes to Crack Down on Crime and Violence by Banning Swords

Scottish Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson has announced that the new ban on the sale of knives and swords in the United Kingdom will help stem knife violence in the country. So far, over 12,000 blades have been turned in to authorities.

Bamburg Sword Unlike Any Other in the World

Experts at the Royal Armouries in Leeds have declared a 7th century sword, discovered at Bamburgh Castle in 1960, unique in the world.

Armor Stolen in Nordmark

Baroness Katheryn Hebenstreit, Chronicler for the Kingdom of Drachenwald, reports that an SCA fighter from Nordmark (Sweden) has had his armor stolen during a burglary.

Knights in Central Park

Take a virtual tour of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art's armor collection and learn about the history of armor with Knights in Central Park, an interactive website dedicated to historical armor.

Norman Weapons

Patrick Kelly of the Albion Benefactor's Society, has written an article on the history of weapons used by the 10th and 11th century Normans.

Ma'ale Giborim Hosts Successful Purim Event, Requests Help with Armor

Yehoshua ben Hayyim, Seneschal for the Shire of Ma'ale Giborim in Jerusalem, Israel, reports that the shire held another successful event. He has posted photos online.

Revival Clothing

Revival Clothing offers a complete line of medieval clothing and accessories for ladies and gentlemen as well as well-fitted, historically accurate Gambesons, which are available from stock. Their designs are based on historical patterns and research and are made in authentic fabrics bringing you quality and authenticity at an affordable price. Most colors are in stock and ready for immediate deli