I’m proud of this one. Aside from the guard. Dunno what to do with it.

I couldn’t find the credit. But Ill credit/source it tomorrow I just wanted to say awh this is so cute!


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German Two-Hand Processional Sword 

  • Dated: late 16th Century
  • Measurements: 128.5cm; 50 5/8in blade

The sword has a double-edged wavy blade widening towards the tip, a rectangular ricasso formed with a pair of crescentic lugs, one of them struck with a mark perhaps the letters WPM arranged vertically. Within a shaped recess retaining an early tooled leather covering over the greater part of the ricasso, there a chiselled iron hilt decorated with scrolls comprising slightly down-curved quillons with monsterhead terminals. Issuant with tight scrolling finials and a pair of additional tight scrolls behind inner and outer ring-guard each filled comes with an acanthus leaf flanked by scrolls en suite with the quillons. It has an ovoid pommel chiselled with acanthus leaves and early moulded wooden grip covered with leather over string.

Source & Copyright: Thomas Del Mar

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Hand-made Swords

viikinkimiekka V by ~jarkko1


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Sword Photography

Copyright: pius99

Source:  Daily Travel Photos


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Transitional Rapier Sword

  • Dated: late 17th century
  • Measurements: overall length 107cm

Probably Russian, the writhen brass hilt elements originally silvered, feature a large guard and rings with broad rectangular ecusson. The grip comes with copper wire wrap and turksheads intact. Continuously tapering blade of flattened diamond section with short fullers at the forte marked TOMAS AIALIA [sic] and EN TOLEDO.

Source & Copyright: Auction Flex


sinistersartorialist:

Today’s Style: For The Boys Who Must Not Be Angels

  • Pants/Vest: Express
  • Tie Clip: Custom
  • Tie: Express
  • Shirt: Express
  • Bracelet: Gift
  • Cufflinks: Custom
  • Sword: Renaissance Faire
  • Socks: Sock Dreams
  • Shoes: GBX

A 10 and a half year old boy should not feel so alone that he wants to kill himself. 

I know a young man who is being bullied at school. He has come to the point where he is contemplating suicide and I am trying to reach out to him, but he is scared and ashamed. 

I don’t actually advocate violence, but I want to protect him. And I’m angry. And sad. And frustrated. I was bullied as a child. I know what it feels like. To feel like no one can help you. That no one will help you. 

I want to fix things. But I can’t. Not completely. Despite the sword in my photos, I don’t think violence is a viable bullying defense. Often it exacerbates the problem and results in retaliation. No matter how much we’re told to “just stand up to them and they will back down,” violence is rarely, if ever, a solution.

But I hope that I can metaphorically arm my young friends’ mother and teachers with resources and guidance. I have been researching and training myself in bullying prevention as an extension of my job, and I hope to be a resource for him, his family and others that care about him.

I will post more info as I compile it, but here is a beginning. If you or someone you know are suffering from bullying or are contemplating suicide, please reach out to these organizations and use some of these tools.  They are here to defend you. And to remind us all that we can all help. Sometimes it’s as simple as not perpetuating a toxic environment. Small steps can still make a big difference.

  • 1 in 4 youth are bullied.
  • 5,736,419 youth are involved in bullying at any given time.
  • People who are bullied are at an increased risk of suicide.

Suicide Prevention Hotline in the US: 1-800-273-8255

Bullying Prevention Resources: Stopbullying.gov

What Can A Bystander Do?

  • Don’t laugh or join in the bullying 
  • Find a way to physically move the student being bullied out of the bullying situation
  • Don’t repeat the lies or gossip, the name calling or other bullying behavior
  • Include the student being bullied in your activities
  • Be supportive to the target in private
  • Tell an adult what you saw and heard
  • Talk to the aggressor in private
  • Be supportive to the target in the presence of the aggressor
  • Confront the aggressor about their behavior in public

Bully-free Strategies for Schools and Community Centers

  • Have a clear and specific anti-bullying policy 
  • Implement consistent and immediate consequences for bullying
  • Give praise for pro-social and helpful behavior 
  • Increase supervision on the playground, in cafeterias, etc.
  • Provide training for all staff members
  • Involve parents
  • Investigate bullying incidents and work with children involved to prevent future incidents
  • Implement a comprehensive bullying prevention program

Top 10 Best Strategies in Bullying Prevention

  • Focus on the school environment
  • Assess bullying in your school
  • Gain support from staff and parents
  • Establish a bullying prevention coordinating committee 
  • Train staff in bullying prevention and to understand the difference normal conflict and bullying
  • Clearly establish, communicate and enforce school rules and policies related to bullying
  • Increase adult supervision in the “Hot spots” for bullying
  • Gain commitment to intervene consistently and appropriately in bullying situations
  • Gain commitment for a time of focus for some class time on bullying prevention
  • Do not quit…continue the efforts over time

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Swords

Left: Saber, circa 1590 | Center and Right: German Rapier, circa 1640 

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Misconceptions and Related Questions Relating Edged Weapons

The field of arms and armour is beset with romantic legends, gory myths, and widely held misconceptions. Their origins usually are to be found in a lack of knowledge of, and experience with, genuine objects and their historical background. The following are common myths or questions related to the subject.

  1. Only knights were allowed to carry swords.
  2. Swords are heavy and crude weapons.
  3. “Blood grooves” and poisoned blades?

This erroneous but common belief is probably a result of the romantic notion of the “knight in shining armour,” an image that itself harbours a host of further misconceptions.

1. Only knights were allowed to carry swords — Wrong, or not entirely true

As with the wearing of armour, not everyone who carried a sword was a knight. But the idea that the sword is an exclusively ”knightly” weapon is not entirely wrong. The custom, or even the right, to wear a sword varied according to time, place, and changing regulations. 

Throughout medieval Europe, swords were the chief weapon of knights and mounted men-at-arms. In times of peace, however, generally speaking only noblemen were allowed to carry a sword in public. Since in most regions swords were regarded as ”weapons of war” (as opposed to the dagger, for example), peasants and burghers, not belonging to the “warrior class” of medieval society, were forbidden from carrying swords.

An exception to this rule was granted to travellers (citizens, merchants, even pilgrims) due to the inherent dangers of travel by land and sea. Within the walls of most medieval cities, however, the carrying of swords was generally forbidden for everyone—sometimes even nobility—at least during times of peace.

Standardized measures for the trade, usually attached prominently to medieval churches or city halls, often also included examples of the permissible length of daggers or swords that could be carried inside city walls without fear of penalty. It is undoubtedly due to such regulations that the sword was transformed into an exclusive symbol of both the warrior class and knightly status.

Yet, due to social changes and newly evolved fighting techniques during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, it became gradually acceptable for civilians and noblemen alike to carry the lighter and thinner successor of the sword, the rapier, as an everyday weapon for self-defence in public. Indeed, until the early nineteenth century, rapiers and smallswords became an indispensable dress accessory for the European gentleman. 

 

2. Swords are heavy and crude weapons — Wrong

It is a common notion that the sword of medieval and Renaissance times is an unsophisticated instrument of brute force, excessively heavy, consequently almost impossible to be wielded by a “normal” man, and thus a rather inefficient weapon. The reasons for these allegations are easily explained.

Due to the rarity of genuine specimens, few people have ever handled a medieval or Renaissance sword. Furthermore, practically all of these swords—with rare exceptions—are in excavated condition. Their corroded appearance today, which can easily give the impression of crudity, can be compared to that of a burnt-out car, having lost all signs of its former glory and sophistication. 

The majority of genuine medieval and Renaissance swords tell a different story. Whereas a single-handed sword on average weighed 2–4 lbs., even the large two-handed “swords of war” of the fourteenth to sixteenth century rarely weighed in excess of 10 lbs.

With the length of the blade skilfully counterbalanced by the weight of the pommel, these swords were light, sophisticated, and sometimes beautifully decorated. As illustrated by documents and works of art, such a sword, in the hands of a skilled warrior, could be used with terrible efficiency, capable of severing limbs and even cutting through armor. 

 

3. “Blood grooves” and poisoned blades?

Swords as well as some daggers, whether European, Islamic, or Asian, often have one or more grooves extending down one or both sides (or faces) of the blade. Misconceptions as to their function have led to these grooves being called “blood grooves” or “blood channels.”

It is commonly believed that these grooves would speed the flow of blood from an opponent’s wound, thus ensuring a more severe or fatal injury, or that they would break the suction on the blade created by the opponent’s wound, which would make the removal of the weapon easier and a twisting of the blade unnecessary.

As misguidedly “entertaining” as these gory theories may be, the actual function of such a groove or grooves is simply to lighten the blade, decreasing its mass, without weakening the blade or diminishing its flexibility. Consequently, such grooves should correctly be referred to as either a groove or a fuller, or by another appropriate technical term. 

On a number of European edged weapons, such as swords, rapiers, and daggers as well as some staff weapons, these grooves show elaborately cut and pierced perforations. Similar perforations can be found on Indian and Near Eastern edged weapons. It has been proposed, based on scant documentary evidence, that these perforations served to retain poison in order to ensure an opponent’s death.

This misconception has also led to such weapons, especially the daggers, being labelled “assassin’s weapons.” Although references to poisoned Indian weapons exist, and there may have been similar but rare incidents in Renaissance Europe, the actual function of these perforations is un-sensational. First, the perforations resulted in a loss of material and accordingly served to make the blade lighter.

Second, these perforations are often arranged in delicate decorative patterns, serving both as a demonstration of the bladesmith’s skill as well as an aesthetically pleasing decoration. If further proof is wanted, one only need point to the fact that the majority of these perforations are usually found near the hilt (grip and guard) of the weapon and not closer to the blade, as one would expect were the weapon to carry poison.


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Zul Faqar (Zulfikar) Tulwar

  • Dated: second half of the 18th century
  • Measurements: overall length 54 cm

The silver hilt of characteristic form is embellished in floral panels and also gilded. The S-form blade is scalloped along the spine and elaborately choiled at the forte, the bifurcate tip heavily profiled and cusped. It has a velvet-covered wooden scabbard. 

Source & Copyright: Auction Flex


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Scottish Basket-hilt Sword

  • Dated: 18th century

The sword was made during the early 18th century while the blade is most likely made during the 17th century. It has a thick steel hilt decorated with pierce work and chiselled details.

Source & Copyright: Historical Arms & Armor


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Alexander Davison Sword-pistol

  • Alexander Davison was Admiral Lord Nelson’s friend

A sword-pistol once owned by a close friend of Admiral Lord Nelson was auctioned in Staffordshire. The weapon, which belonged to Alexander Davison, was recently on display at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

Cuttlestones, which is auctioning the weapon at Penkridge said it expected the sword-pistol to sell for £10,000 to £15,000. The weapon’s current owner Fred Pritchard. The weapon, which has a 65cm [25in] sword blade attached, was made by firearms manufacturer HW Mortimer in 1805.

Source: BBC History © 2012