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Postby Ulrich von L...n » 10 May 2014 07:51

Today I have seen a post on a Hungarian MA forum about this article:
http://www.tameshigiri.ca/2014/05/07/eu ... centuries/

It is a rather decent summary, also several topics from this forum are mentioned, e.g. Culture clash in martial history: Africa, Russia, Japan....

Another good article from that blog:
http://www.tameshigiri.ca/2014/04/25/th ... al-trauma/

With some interesting sources:
Jason Lewis: Identifying sword marks on bone: criteria for distinguishing between cut marks made by different classes of bladed weapons. (Pdf)
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Postby Ulrich von L...n » 10 May 2014 08:06

About Jason Lewis's article.
2. Materials and methods
This study used six different bladed weapons (Fig. S1): a Japanese-style k*tana, an Arabian-style scimitar, a ‘‘krisblade’’ (wavy blade) broadsword, a Samburu short sword, a machete, and a hunting knife. All weapons were purchased commercially in the United States except the Samburu sword, which was bought from a traditional blacksmith in Maralal, Kenya.

Unfortunately Fig. S1 isn't available. I would love to see this wavy blade broadsword and also the Arabian-style scimitar (Aladdin' sword?). The author provides weapon characteristics: scimitar - weight: 2.8 kg, blade length: 60.9 cm, blade height (width?): 11.8 cm.

It would be interesting to see some similar tests performed with more historical weapons.
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Postby Ulrich von L...n » 25 Jun 2014 08:37

Another superb article found via this blog:
Military Sabers of the Qing Dynasty written by Philip M W Tom (on-line pdf).
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