Category: scholagladiatoria

Why Did Some Infantry Soldiers Carry Short S…

Why Did Some Infantry Soldiers Carry Short Swords in the Gunpowder Age? Pioneer Short Swords

Antique French Sword Sizes Compared

Antique French Sword Sizes Compared

British Samurai Bayonets – 1907 Pattern &amp…

British Samurai Bayonets – 1907 Pattern & Arisaka

There is a connection between WW1 era British bayonets and Japanese samurai swords and knives that most people don’t know about. Here we look at the 1907 pattern British bayonet and its inspiration the Type 30 Arisaka.

Antique Leather Restoration – Sword Scabbard…

Antique Leather Restoration – Sword Scabbards, Belts & Other Leather Military Items

My preferred antique leather product is Pecard Antique Leather Dressing. It is very easy to find (or order) in the US.

Revolvers & Hunting Knives – Arnachellum…

Revolvers & Hunting Knives – Arnachellum & Sons of Salem

Looking at an antique Bowie knife made by Indian maker Arnachellum, and considering where these fit in their historical context.

Leather Hilt Covers on Military Swords Occa…

Leather Hilt Covers on Military Swords

Occasionally we find antique military swords with leather covers on parts or all of their hilts. Here we look at a British example with a blade from the 1860s, a hilt from the 1890s, and applied leather over its entire guard on inside and out.

When The Indian ‘Tulwar’ Sword I…

When The Indian ‘Tulwar’ Sword Is Not Curved

Indian tulwars (swords) are normally thought of as curved. But sometimes they aren’t!

Why Were Short Swords Sometimes Better For M…

Why Were Short Swords Sometimes Better For Military Soldiers?

Great Movie Cavalry Charges from British His…

Great Movie Cavalry Charges from British History

Curved swords and how to cut with them – kil…

Curved swords and how to cut with them – kilij, shamshir, tulwar, sabre