Armouring and Weaponsmithing

Making of metal armour and weaponry

Thaden Armory

Thaden Armory specializes in custom-tailored armour reproductions and armour-related hardware.

Gold and Garnet Anglo-Saxon Sword Hilt Declared Treasure Trove

Christopher Baker, metal-detecting fan, has discovered what is believed to be a sword belonging to a warrior from the Kingdom of Lindsey.

Burnt Village Wares

Burnt Village Wares is a merchant source for all things Norse -- swords, knives, axes, spears, throwing knives & axes, chain mail, jewelry, handcrafted items, drinking horns.

German Arms Aided Viking Raids

New research shows that Viking raiders were armed by German weaponsmiths who sold their wares to the 9th century Norse.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land! June 13 - 22, 2006 Incipient Shire of Ma’ale Giborim Israel

Unto the members of the Knowne Worlde, the Incipient Shire of Ma’ale Giborim extends an invitation to All and Sundry to a most unique event; a ten-day trip to the Holy Land of Israel, whereupon you will visit ruins, excavations, sites and buildings spanning a Biblical to Ottoman timeline.

Shop in the Arab Shuk in the Old City of Jerusalem, visit the ancient monasteries scattered throughout the north and west, enjoy horseback riding near the Horns of Hittim and partake in a feast in a Crusader castle. Wade in the healing waters of the Dead Sea, swim in the Sea of Galilee and stroll along the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea. To see a more complete itinerary, and our Shire FAQ (which addresses concerns about travel to Israel), please go to www.sca-israel.org

Deadline for reservations: March 1, 2006.

SCA Armor: A How-To Manual

It has been said that a fighter's armor is a project that is never really done. Dame Aoife this week offers helpful links to make new armorers get started, and to help experienced warriors keep improving their armouring skill.

Props Needed for History Channel Program

Andy Oakland, a props master for the History Channel, is looking for some Bronze Age props in the Boston, Massachusetts area.

Elizabethan Body Armor Discovered at Jamestown

Archaeologists working on excavations at the colonial Jamestown settlement have discovered, largely intact, a "coat of jacks," a rare example of 17th century body armor.

Age of Armor, Sagas of Steel: Dennos exhibit reception features Medieval music, food, dance

The Grand Traverse Herald reports on a museum exhibit opening at which the SCA "provided Medieval and Renaissance ambiance during the reception."

Wallace's Sword Travels to New York

A double-handed sword used by Scottish hero William Wallace left Scotland for New York, where it was the centerpiece of an exhibit at New York's Grand Central Station.

Roman Duct Tape

An article in the recent British Archaeology magazine discusses evidence that Romans had and used duct tape.

Gun Control Leads South Africans to Medieval Methods of Protection

Tighter gun control laws in South Africa are causing more and more South Africans to purchase medieval weapons for their own protection.

Exhibit on horse armor at the Met

"The Armored Horse in Europe, 1480–1620" will be on display at the Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art through January 15, 2006.

Promise Land Ranch — Medieval Arms and Armor

Promise Land offers everything from chain maille to wooden weapons to leather armor, all built by hand for an authentic look that cannot be achieved by the use of machines. They offer many exclusive custom products as well.

Sir Blackhand

Sir Blackhand prints the SCA Kingdoms' devices on window stickers. Each Kingdom and a generic SCA sticker are available, as is the "Take Courage" tennis ball crossbow for use in SCA combat archery as done in the Kingdom of An Tir.

Chivalry Sports

Chivalry sports has medieval and Renaissance costumes, accessories, armor, swords and other weapons, as well as games, gifts and collectibles.

Historic Enterprises

Since 1996, Historic Enterprises has been bringing high quality reproduction items to historic sites and historical enthusiasts worldwide. All of their offerings are based on historical material, and many are exact reproductions of pieces from museums and private collections. They provide an historical accuracy rating and documentation online, quick shipping, first rate customer service.

Amazonia Enterprises

Amazonia Enterprises, also known as "Swords by James the Just", provides rapier weaponry and protective gear suitable for use in the SCA and other groups.

Leeds Today: Roman Infantryman's Sword Acquired by Royal Armouries

A 2,000-year-old Roman infantry sword "autographed" by its original owner, has been added to the collection of Great Britain's Royal Armouries.

Konrad Seusenhofer, Master Armourer

As part of its Almanac series, the History Channel will present "The Master: Konrad Seusenhofer--Master Armourer."

Medieval Holiday Gifts

Dame Aoife presents her guide to historical holiday gifts and their modern counterparts for the medievalists on your list.

Sharing pics of a new custom-designed helm

Mallas, a member of the Tuchux household, shares a description and photos of a new custom helm created for her by a SCAdian armour shop.

Armour Archive, The

The Armour Archive is a resource site and online journal devoted to the art and science of armour fabrication. The site includes features a library of armouring essays and tutorials, online discussion forums, chat sessions, and of course an extensive catalog of related links.

Ring Lord

The Ring Lord provides raw materials and tools for making ring mail and chain mail of various sorts. The web site also has an extensive gallery of customers' finished projects and works-in-progress.

Lonely Mountain Forge

Located in Blakely, Pennsylvania, the Lonely Mountain Forge is an armour and weaponry manufacturer that provides highly-authentic fighting gear as well as Tolkien-inspired fantasy creations. They specialize in the period from 500 BC to approximately 1100 CE, but also branch out into later periods.

Missourian: Calontir Man "Columbia's Own Bladesmith"

Blademaker and SCA member Jack Hathman is featured in an article by Erika Kelsey for the Columbia Missourian.

Polar Bear Forge — Custom Blades

Polar Bear Forge is committed to making fine blades, ranging from an everyday work knife to a historically influenced reproduction. Custom orders are available on all blades so that you can add your own touch to your design. Quality is very important, and all blades are built to be used, abused, and then used some more.

Medieval handgonnes and related weapons

This week's Aoife's Links List is on the subject of Medieval Handgonnes, Cannon, Arquebus and Matchlokkes.

New exhibit on arms & armor of Shakespearean drama opens at the Higgins

"Now Thrive the Armorers: The Arms & Armor of Shakespeare" will be on display at the Higgins Armory Museum through June 23, 2005.

Neiman Marcus Hawks Custom Armor

Just in time for the holidays: Neiman Marcus is selling a custom-fitted suit of armor.