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Norman, Viking & Late-Saxon Helmets Part 2: How they were worn, how they should fit, what protection they give and a big dose of CONTEXT! Helmets provided by The Knight Shop: https://www.theknightshop.com/buy-historical-armour/armour-helmets/helmets-by-period/norman-saxon-helmets?manufacturer=31

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Support from Patreon patrons and also sponsors is really vital for keeping the channel going - but also so are all viewers! So thanks. Feel free to comment below with more movie fight suggestions.

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Firefly sword fight review! Featured in Episode 4 - Shindig.

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The Frontier Tang Dao from LK Chen reviewed, with historical background and destructive testing by Matthew Jensen (his review in full: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NGcED32tTU )
LK Chen: https://lkchensword.com/frontier-tang-dao
The Frontier Tang Dao is a very historically interesting sword, having a strong relationship with the development of Japanese swords like the tachi and katana. But in its own right it's also an attractive and effective sword, of a type that deserves more notice and credit.

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The Dacian falx, the Thracian sica and the Rhomphaia.
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The Windlass Munich 'town guard' sword (sidesword / rapier) - REVIEWED!
Windlass Munich available at Museum Replicas: https://bit.ly/3g0F9b9
MyArmoury review from 2010: http://myarmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.19621.html

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A look at Norman era (or late Anglo-Saxon, Viking and Frankish) helmets. Battle of Hastings era.
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Brigandines, coats of plates and similar medieval armour sometimes featured fabric or leather over the top, with the iron plates underneath - why did they put the plates on the inside?
Brigandine by Aleksey Perebeynos - https://www.facebook.com/aleksey.perebeynos

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For decades, the minority of the law-abiding UK population who legally use, collect and trade in knives, swords, guns, even replicas and toys, have had to suffer incoherent and unfair treatment at the hands of the UK Government. This minority of people, who include reenactors, martial artists, target shooters, airsofters, museums, collectors and antique dealers, collectively comprise a large number of people, but nationally are a minority and have weak political leveraging and lobbying power in the UK.
You would think that the UK Government thinks more about its policy when it affects everyone in the population, but recent events have shown that their inconsistency and incoherence extends even to global pandemics.

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Movie fight review of Hawkeye / Ronin vs Yakuza boss Akihiko, featured in Avengers End Game.
You can watch the fight here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztQYUdjj3GY - unfortunately I had to remove the footage from my own video, because it got blocked by YouTube.

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What armor & equipment would medieval Batman wear?
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Weapons, including swords, are often shown in movies and TV shows as having a 'death ray' effect on opponents. We know that this wasn't normal, but let's talk about what the range of responses were and are in real combat.

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How do different medieval pole weapons balance and what does that tell us about their use?
Perhaps useful for writers and game designers.
Damon Young's website - https://www.damonyoung.com.au/

Measurements for medieval clothes and armour are SUPER important and you cannot underestimate how important the waist size was to medieval tailoring.
Brigandine by Aleksey Perebeynos - https://www.facebook.com/aleksey.perebeynos

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Measurements for medieval clothes and armour are SUPER important and you cannot underestimate how important the waist size was to medieval tailoring.
Brigandine by Aleksey Perebeynos - https://www.facebook.com/aleksey.perebeynos

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The Gurkha kukri (khukuri) is a famously good cutter, but I thought I'd try a couple of fun cutting feats with one of my kukris, to see what happened. Can I cut six bottles standing in a row? How does it handle oak wood?

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What was the purpose of the Roman pilum (throwing spear, or javelin)? I have always asserted that the primary purpose is to penetrate shields and would the person holding the shield. Here we test how well a pilum penetrates a simulated shield at short range.

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New entry level feder (practice longsword) from De Arte Duellatorum ( https://www.facebook.com/dearteduellatorum/ ). It is 140 cm total length, with a 26 cm guard - this example with standard pommel and 'Castle' schilt (180 €). There are customisation options available for schilt, pommel, and length. The standard blade is very flexible but they also offer an option for a “Medium Blade”, a slightly heavier and stiffer version.

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In this video I decided to do some cutting against fresh and dried wood, of various thicknesses, to look at how well a narrow blade can actually cut. Cutting against wood can also be indicative for cutting various targets, such as living bone. The sword used is the White Arc from LK Chen ( https://lkchensword.com/white-arc ), which performs excellently and has very nice edge geometry and is light. However, this blade type could be found on European swords such as rapiers also.

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Looking at the 15th century cuirass (breastplate, backplate, plackart and fauld) - how it is worn, but more importantly how the breast is designed to allow good arm mobility for combat.

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In 2003 the Atlanta Cutlery Corp procured a large collection of original 19th century Gurkha kukri / khukuri from the Nepalese Government military stores. Here I look at cleaning two examples.
Atlanta Cutlery Corp: https://bit.ly/3j0bIII
Longleaf kukri: https://bit.ly/30b3dBQ
Bhojpure kukri: https://bit.ly/2WiC13b

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The Mark of Zorro is a much-loved and often cited movie, found referred to in Batman lore, amongst other things. Tyrone Power and Basil Rathbone were both leading swashbuckling actors and this duel does not disappoint. However, what can we say about the fight itself, looking with a more critical analysis?

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In 2003 the Atlanta Cutlery Corp procured a large collection of original 19th century Gurkha kukri / khukuri from the Nepalese Government military stores. Here I take a look at two examples which will require cleaning and light restoration. Atlanta Cutlery Corp: https://bit.ly/3j0bIII
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Knife defence is a subject that often leads to controversy in martial arts and particularly in online discussions. This often leads to people declaring that you cannot defend yourself and you should always run away. Here I try to inject a bit of perspective and context into the subject, based both on historical attitudes to knife defence, but also on modern statistics and evidence.

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How did the late-medieval knight put on their armour? Before lockdown I paid a visit to jousting group Destrier ( http://www.destrier.org.uk/ - https://www.facebook.com/destrierjousting/ ) at a training session. We got had the chance to film the arming of a late-medieval 'knight' / man-at-arms and talk about some of the details, as well as some of the mounted training.
Thanks to Zachary Evans, Nicholas Wilson, Stacy Van Dolah-Evans & Rupert Hammerton-Fraser of Destrier.

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Dynasty Forge are making some lovely swords for the price, but they could be better with some simple changes, particularly in the hilt construction. Here I take apart and look at 'The Bastard' medieval longsword after having it and using it for months: https://www.dynastyforge.com/swords/european_arms/swords/oakeshott_xvia_medieval_sword_the_bastard/

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Matt Easton is a martial arts instructor, historian and antique weapons expert.
Matt makes videos about military history, combat techniques and antiques.