Swords

Simply put, swords are knives with longer handles and longer blades—much longer, in some cases. Unlike knives, however, which can be used as anything from a tool to a weapon, the original sole purpose of swords was as a weapon. Again, however, for the most part that was centuries ago. Today, swords run the gamut. Though they can still be used as weapons, swords see more use as collectibles and for non-lethal sparring in the martial arts and Western Martial Arts, the Japanese art of Iaido and tameshigiri, as re-enactment pieces, and others.

World’s Top Knives at ECCKS March 1-3

Some of the world’s top knives and knifemakers will descend on Jersey City, New Jersey, March 1-3 for the 24th Annual East Coast Custom Knife Show (ECCKS).   Such makers as, in alphabetical order, Van Barnett, Todd Begg, Charles Bennica, Tim Britton, Joel Chamblin, Pat and Wes Crawford, Dellana, Bob Dozier, Allen Elishewitz, Kaj...

Viking “Ulfberht” Sword Stars on Nova Tonight

Watch Nova on PBS tonight as Ric Furrer takes you through the creation of the legendary Viking sword known as the “Ulfberht.”     Specializing in the forging/making of steel via the ancient methods, Furrer has conducted seminars and demonstrations on how to make steel from sand at a number of venues, including the Batson...

Book Review: ”Spirit of the Sword”

Dear Mr. Shackleford- Today I published my first book review. I choose your book-”Spirit of the Sword.” I hope my review meets with your approval. Here is my review. Book Review-”Spirit of the Sword” Steve Shackleford published his book “Spirit of the Sword.” in 2010. ISBN-13:978-1-4402-1156-0 For the serious blade collector, sword fighting enthusiast,...

Everybody Wing Chung Tonight (with Knives 2013 Wing Chung Swords)

Featured in the “Foray Into the Far East” Trends section of the Knives 2013 book are a pair of Richard Van Dijk “Wing Chung” Chinese martial arts butterfly swords. Rarely do you see knifemakers tackle the pattern, and thus they catch your eye immediately, and then with the inclusion of 400-layer-damascus blades, ebony handles, brass...