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Techniques Of Medieval Armour Reproduction: The 14th Century
by Brian R. Price

Few historical icons can match the evocative power of the medieval suit of armour, and this epic new book is a complete course in the tools and techniques of the ...

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This book will not give you everything you need in order to make a full harness of plate armour, but it comes as close as is ever likely to be possible. If you have basic metalworking and welding skills, and a few other reference works on hand, you will learn pretty much everything you will need to know in order to make high quality armour - just add years ...
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—Updated Jul 9, 2007



Medieval Swordsmanship: Illustrated Methods And Techniques
by John Clements

From the author of Renaissance Swordsmanship comes the most comprehensive and historically accurate view ever of the lost fighting arts of Medieval knights, ...

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When it came out this was about the only book available which took medieval swordsmanship seriously, and it deserves kudos for that. It covered the subject in a bredth rarely attempted before, which is both its strength and weakness. It is a bit of a mishmash of techniques and theories, some (most notably the cross being used to protect the hand from shield ...
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—Updated Jul 9, 2007



Heroic Armor of the Italian Renaissance Filippo Negroli and His Contemporaries
by Stuart W. Pyhrr, Jose-A. Godoy

The second quarter of the sixteenth century witnessed the emergence of a new fashion of armor design based on the forms and ornament found in classical art. ...

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Gorgeous.
—Updated Jul 9, 2007



The Craft of the Japanese Sword
by Leon Kapp, Hiroko Kapp, Yoshindo Yoshihara

Well over a thousand years old, the tradition of swordmaking in Japan is one of the most highly regarded metal crafts in the world. When all sword manufacture was ...

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A great book about the process, rather than the myth, of crafting the blade of a Japanese sword. It clearly lays out the process and demystifies it.
—Updated Jul 9, 2007



The Complete Bladesmith: Forging Your Way To Perfection
by Jim Hrisoulas

Looking for instructions in bladesmithing that'll put you on the cutting edge of the custom blade market? Then this definitive guide to forging world-class blades ...

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Not for the complete metalworking novice, but a great source of information for those who want to get into bladesmithing and avoid the pitfalls.
—Updated Jul 9, 2007



Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era 1050-1350: Western Europe and the Crusader States (v. 1)
by David Nicolle

*2,400 illustrations * 3 maps * 8 x 10 * Comprehensive account of weapons and equipment * Covers the forces of major and minor powers This lavishly illustrated ...

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The great thing about Nicolle's book is the multitude of line drawings reproducing details of medieval art and photographs - unfortunately this is also its weakness; probably to avoid copyright issues, the line drawings are used to reproduce the details of photos from many sources, and anyone with a good library will be able to recognise many of the actual ...
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—Updated Jul 9, 2007



Arms & Armor of the Medieval Knight: An Illustrated History of Weaponry in the Middle Ages
by David Edge, John Miles Paddock

More than two hundred illustrations trace the development of medieval arms from their crude beginnings to the beautiful ceremonial armor of the Renaissance

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If anyone needs an overview of the development of medieval arms and armour, this is alway THE book I recommend as a starting point. Other books are more scholarly, others may have greater depth, but it is hard to see how this book, with its combination of high quality photographs and informative text, could be bettered as a start on the learning path.
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—Updated Jul 9, 2007



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Now, I may be a bit biased (having helped edit this book) but I have to say this is the most amazing (and valuable) book I own. The highly detailed and in-depth research, and the large photo catalogue, are great. As a swordsmith, the details on each weapon, which include length, weight, and even balance points in many cases, put this book beyond almost ...
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—Updated Jul 8, 2007









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