Armouring and Weaponsmithing

Making of metal armour and weaponry

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

Swords & Shawls at Salisbury House

Salisbury House, a 42-room mansion located in Des Moines, Iowa which is modeled after the King's House in Salisbury, England, is celebrating its reopening for public tours after an extensive renovation with "Swords & Shawls," an exhibit featuring a display of swords dating from Medieval times through the 19th century.

Germanic Weapons Found in Czech Town

A treasure trove of Germanic weapons dating to the 2nd century C.E. have been discovered near the Bohemian town of Chomutov. The 22 rusty iron shield handles and sword tips were discovered by a hiker who found them "uncovered in a quiet grove."

Zweihammer Armoury

Zweihammer Armoury provides do-it-yourself kits that allow novice armourers to construct advanced projects with minimal tools. Currently available projects include an SCA-legal helmet and gauntlets; more on the way. Detailed instructions are available.

Art Thou Glorious

Art Thou Glorious has taken chainmail out of the realm of armor-making and into the realm of artistic jewelry. All of the jewelry is created using saw-cut rings, and the jewelry is tumbled to create a perfectly comfortable piece of jewelry. This means the jewelry will never scratch, pinch, catch hair, or tear silks. The chainmail items are unique creations and include some of the most intricate jewelry available.

"Splendor in Steel" Lecture at Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Stuart W. Pyhrr, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Curator in Charge of the Department of Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will present Splendor in Steel: Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a lecture at the Minneapolis Institute of Art's Pillsbury Auditorium.

Cynnabar Grande Tourney I

Their Excellencies Gregoire and Giovanna, Baron and Baronessa Cynnabar, invite you to show your martial prowess at a Grand Tournament to determine the best of the best.

Armor Stolen in Atenveldt

Deirdre and Ajax in the Kingdom of Atenveldt have reported the theft of armor from their home in Phoenix, Arizona.

Re-Enactment Gear Stolen in the UK; Site Vandalized

Guthroth Of Colanhomm reports that re-enactment gear owned by the group Conquest was stolen recently from a secure garage in North Bristol, England. The site was then set on fire.

Medieval Reproductions

Medieval Reproductions offers "carefully researched, historically accurate reproductions of medieval arms, armour, and artwork", in time periods from Roman to Renaissance. Their main focus is armour, but they also create costumes, accessories, tapestries, architectural adornments, and furniture.

American President Greeted by Mongol Horde

During a recent trip to Ulan Bator, Mongolia, President Bush was greeted by Mongol warriors in full armor.

Armor exhibit opens in Columbus, Ohio

"Age of Armor from the Higgins Armory Museum" will be on display at the Columbus Museum of Art through January 1.

Armour Research Society Conference

The Armour Research Society will be having its annual conference in Chicago. This year we are flying in some of the biggest names in the field of arms and armour from all over the world to be our speakers. These are the guys who wrote the book on the topic (I mean that literally.) Included in this illustrious group will be.

Wilkinson Sword Factory to Close

14 skilled swordmakers will lose their jobs when British institution Wilkinson Sword closes its plant. The renowned crafter of ceremonial swords for British cavalrymen is scheduled to close at the end of September 2005.

Salamander Armoury

Custom hand forged blades in high carbon and pattern welded laminate by Dr. JP Hrisoulas.

Sword Stolen from Pennsic Merchant

Lord Calum Munro reports that a Scottish claymore of great sentimental value was stolen from the front of a merchant booth at Pennsic 34. He asks that SCA members be on the lookout for the sword.

Higgins Armory Sword Guild Practices Authentic Swordsmanship

Sara Ivry of the Boston Globe visits members of the Higgins Armory Museum's Sword Guild, a group of modern day people who do serious research into the history of swords and swordsmanship.

Swordsmith Seminar in Catskills

The New England Bladesmiths Guild will host a 3 day seminar entitled Sword 2005: From Ore to Sword in Hand: History, Smithing and Martial Arts Techniques September 16-18, 2005.

Western Martial Arts Workshop

September 9-11, 2005, the Chicago Swordplay Guild will present the 6th International Western Martial Arts Workshop.

Gladiator Armor for Sale on eBay

For only $10,000, YOU can own Kirk Douglas' gladiator armor from the movie Spartacus!

DeCordene Wireworks

DeCordene Wireworks is a chainmail purveyor offering armor, jewelry, fun stuff, ladies' wear, loose rings (over 370 styles), tools, custom work, specials, garage sale and miscellaneous items. The web site also offers How-To guides with a sizing chart.

Waldryk's Armory

All armor produced is as close to period/cultural reproduction as possible without deviating from the standards of safety required on the battlefield. Period re-enactment groups are also welcome. All armor can be made to reproduction specs and of lighter gauges of steel than SCA regulation armor. Custom arrangements can be made for items not in the catalog.

Chain Mail iPod "Cozy" Links Modern & Ancient Technologies

The joke is: "How many computers does it take to re-create the Middle Ages?" Blogger Uncle Horn Head shares the latest synergy of ancient craft combined with modern world necessity with a chain mail iPod cover created by his lady wife.