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10550"That's not a Knoife!" What period blades were *really* like.]

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  • Phlip
    Nov 3, 2005
      Thought you guys might enjoy this ;-) Aoife is a librarian, who, every
      week, collects links on a topic that might be of interest to SCAdians,
      and this week, it's knives of all sorts.

      Saint Phlip

      Greetings, my Faithful Readers!

      This week's topic proved troublesome. You see, plenty of people make armor.
      Plenty of folks study and replicate historical armor. But it's harder to
      find knife historians. Sword Historians are a little thicker on the ground,
      but not by much. Never the less, I persevered in my hunt to bring you this
      week's Links List dedicated to Historical Blades. It's funny how the museum
      sites want to show you the armor, but not the blades! That armor may be
      flashy, but it's there to protect you against the sting of a well aimed
      sword, my friends.

      So by now you've guessed that genuine medieval swords didn't have novelty
      dice in their Lucite handles. Nor were they made out of cast aluminum. Some
      of them were remarkably elementary, however. And some were so ornate as to
      take your breath away.

      Study further, and see if you can determine what sorts of blades were common
      and what sorts you would have used in your own particular time period.
      Because event h scribe had need of a special tool to cut velum---and that
      tool was a knife. It looks remarkably like a modern-day librarian's knife to
      me, used to repair bindings and folios.

      Cheers

      Aoife

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      Images:

      Illuminated images with illuminator's knives in them
      http://www.heritagehawks.org/faculty/dbrown/manuscript/Manuscripts/pic05.html
      http://gandalf.hit.uib.no/non/echt/budapest/ManMan/pic12.html

      Child's Viking Knife
      http://www.aiusa.com/medsword/vmuseum/vmm2.html

      Late Viking Sword
      http://www.aiusa.com/medsword/vmuseum/vmx4.html

      Late Medieval Sword
      http://www.aiusa.com/medsword/vmuseum/vmxv14.html

      Kelingrove Museum Rapiers (Scotland)
      http://members.lycos.co.uk/rapier/realwep.htm
      (Site Excerpt) 1.Mid 16th C. Cut and Thrust Sword .Very broad blade(approx 1
      1/2 inch).Single fuller (Measurements lost!!!) 2.German Late 16th C. Rapier
      .O 53", B+R 46", B 44", Bal 14".Daimond section blade. 3.Rapier 3rd Quarter
      16th C. O 51.5" , B+R 44.5", B 42",Bal 12".

      MyArmory.com Historic Weapons website
      http://www.myarmoury.com/home.php
      (Site Excerpt) Browse the photographic albums of authentic and reproduction
      arms and armour, museum photography, and historic artwork.Broaden your
      knowledge, learn new definitions and terms, read historic essays and
      articles, and download graphics in our features section.Participate in
      on-topic conversations of authentic and reproduction arms and armour from
      various cultures and periods of time.


      Articles

      The Origins of the Two-Handed Sword
      Neil H. T. Melville
      http://ejmas.com/jwma/articles/2000/jwmaart_melville_0100.htm
      (Site Excerpt) Any sword which is to be regarded as a two-hander must, by
      reason of its dimensions and weight, require two hands for its effective
      management. Hence the blade, as well as the hilt, must be longer than norm,
      i.e. over 100cm. Secondly, the hilt of the true two-hander should not merely
      accommodate two hands but be long enough for the two hands holding it to be
      kept apart, in order to give a fulcrum effect...

      RITUAL WEAPONS
      A Website for Study and Appreciation
      http://weaponspage.homestead.com/
      (Site Excerpt) In most modern societies, weapons are no longer carried
      openly. Though rituals may dictate behaviors involving modern weapons and
      their uses, the fact that the weapons themselves do not form an overt part
      of cultural activity means that weapon "rituals" play little to no part in
      larger structures of belief in those societies (public religious and
      cultural values, for example). This is in contrast to the past, when
      weapons were carried openly and thus required cultural norms (i.e. rituals)
      to regulate their place in various traditional societies.

      Medieval Sword Resource Site
      http://www.aiusa.com/medsword/
      (Site Excerpt) The swords of medieval Europe (approximately 500 to 1500 AD)
      evolved from steel Celtic swords, which in turn arose from a tradition of
      straight, double-edged swords which began with bronze swords as early as
      1,500 BC.

      European MediƦval Swords
      http://www.vikingsword.com/
      (Site Excerpt) The swords of medieval Europe (approximately 500 to 1500 AD)
      evolved from steel Celtic swords, which in turn arose from a tradition of
      straight, double-edged swords which began with bronze swords as early as
      1,500 BC. At the opening of the Middle Ages these swords tended to have
      blades just under a yard in length with a grip designed to accommodate a
      single hand...

      Internet Sword Collectors Association
      http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/machood/swordsociety1.html
      (Site Excerpt) This is an international group of edged weapons collectors
      and scholars who are interested in the collecting, research, and
      documentation of antique edged weapons. It is a forum for scholarly
      discussion of the specifics of sword collecting, and a focal point for sword
      collectors and edged weapon experts to compile and share sword related
      information that has not been widely published in currently available books.

      Resources:

      Medieval Sword Virtual Museum
      http://www.aiusa.com/medsword/virtmus.html
      (Site Excerpt) The swords of this time evolved from the Teutonic swords in
      evidence in the later Roman Iron Age and average 33 to 37 inches in overall
      length including a 4 to 5 inch long tang. These swords vary between 1.7 and
      2.5 inches in width and generally have parallel edges or edges slightly
      tapering towards the point

      Sword Forum International
      http://www.swordforum.com/
      (Site Excerpt) The rapier appeared in the early renaissance and was a
      civilian weapon. Contrary to popular belief, by modern standards it was a
      heavy and cumbersome sword, capable of attacks only and ill-suited to
      defense.

      Netsword
      http://www.netsword.com/
      (Site Excerpt) NetSword is an Internet discussion group for medieval and
      renaissance swords, daggers and associated weapons of war. In this series of
      forums we discuss modern replicas of historical swords along with many other
      types of weapons and their related fighting techniques. We also discuss all
      types of historical swords, and the artifacts and events surrounding weapons
      and warfare from medieval and renaissance times.

      Axforum
      http://www.axeforum.com/
      (Site Excerpt) Axe Forum since it's creation has always tried and will
      continue to be a Laid back community. Where fellow Axe, Pole arm, Fire-arm
      and sword collectors alike can visit and enjoy the hobby most of us have
      come to love. We are home to smiths of various weapons that are very
      accomplished in metallurgy and other aspects of weapons fabrication so if
      you have any technical questions don't hesitate to ask.

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