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David Mickov

A historian inside and out, David is a 26 year old graduate in the field with many certificates. He traveled from Ireland, passing through countries such as France, Germany, and other in-land countries before reaching Turkey to broaden his historical experience. He has since became interested in medieval weapons after engaging in several LARP games during this time.
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The Deadly Shashka Sword Used by the Renowned Cossacks The Deadly Shashka Sword Used by the Renowned Cossacks

The Shashka or Shasqua Sword is a single-edged weapon widely known today as the primary sword used by the Cossacks while mounted on their horses. Originating sometime after the 13th century, the Cossacks were a group of Orthodox Christians from

Falx Sword: The Destroyer of Roman Shields and Helmets Falx Sword: The Destroyer of Roman Shields and Helmets

The success of the Roman army was their organization, discipline, rigid training, and their arsenal of weapons and armor. However, there was one weakness to their armor and the shields that they used, known as the Falx Sword. The Falx

The Wallace Sword That Fought for Scottish Liberty The Wallace Sword That Fought for Scottish Liberty

Sir William Wallace, the national highlander and legendary hero of Scotland who fought for Scottish independence from the British, is credited with using a two-handed sword known today as the Wallace Sword.  There is no doubt that the Scotsman used

African Swords History: 22 Blades You Should Know About African Swords History: 22 Blades You Should Know About

African swords are bladed weapons that people have traditionally created and used throughout the African continent. Each region, culture, and historical era has produced its own unique set of swords. African swords are some of the most underrated weapons in

The Mystery Behind the Sword of Genghis Khan The Mystery Behind the Sword of Genghis Khan

One of the greatest generals and conquerors also kept his famed sword close at hand. In leading the Mongols, Genghis Khan created one of the world’s largest empires. Even though bows for mounted combat were his army’s primary weapon, he

Uncovering Krabi Krabong: Thailand’s Weapon-Based Martial Art Uncovering Krabi Krabong: Thailand’s Weapon-Based Martial Art

Humans have never been equipped with fangs, claws, or powerful enough bodies to defend themselves against predators. Because of this, martial arts developed out of the need for survival against both animals and man, beginning sometime during the Bronze Age.

The Carolingian Sword That Inspired the Vikings to Raid The Carolingian Sword That Inspired the Vikings to Raid

The double-edged medieval weapon known today as the Viking Sword was originally called the Carolingian sword. The Viking Era spanned from roughly A.D. 800 to the 11th century, around the time of the Norman Conquest.  The Vikings were known for

A Guide to German Swords: From Short to Long  A Guide to German Swords: From Short to Long 

German Swords fall into the category of European swords and might just be one of the most influential, especially in the middle ages. They have the widest variety in terms of length as well as the best and most popular

Ceremonial and Battle Effective American Swords Ceremonial and Battle Effective American Swords

Since the  United States of America gained its independence some 250 years ago, it has had a deep and profound respect and love for swords, as can be seen in several of its founding fathers. Benjamin Franklin gifted one of

Sharp and Shiny: A Simple Guide to Polishing Your Sword Sharp and Shiny: A Simple Guide to Polishing Your Sword

If you are the proud owner of a carbon steel sword, you should know that they need to be taken care of. As the saying goes, “if you take care of your blade, it will take care of you”. Maybe

19 Most Popular Mythological and Legendary Sword Names 19 Most Popular Mythological and Legendary Sword Names

Myths and legends reflect the tales from people of the past. They are often about gods and heroes who have performed extraordinary acts throughout time and space. In these tales of wonder, many of these characters wouldn’t have been able

The Musketeer Sword: The Secondary Weapon of the Musketeers The Musketeer Sword: The Secondary Weapon of the Musketeers

The Musketeer sword is a single or double-edged weapon that was used by real infantry footsoldiers alongside their muskets or by the heroic chivalrous swordsmen in the classic and well-known French novel, “The Three Musketeers,” by Alexandre Dumas.  In this

The Many Italian Swords used throughout History The Many Italian Swords used throughout History

Italian swords are edged weapons that were used throughout the borders of modern-day Italy. There are a ton of swords that originated in Italy, but thanks to their geographical location and importance throughout history, a lot of outside swords exerted

The Indian Gauntlet Sword Known as the Pata The Indian Gauntlet Sword Known as the Pata

A Gauntlet Sword is a bladed weapon with a gauntlet as its handle, but in modern terms, it mostly refers to the Indian Pata. The Pata is a straight double-edged sword with a metal gauntlet built into the handle to

The Cinquedea Sword That Was Beloved by Renaissance Artists The Cinquedea Sword That Was Beloved by Renaissance Artists

The Cinquedea is a short sword or dagger that was beloved and widely used in Italy during the Renaissance period by both civilians and the militia alike. It is a very unique-looking shortsword that did not achieve so much renown

The Hanger Sword That Did Much More Than Just “Hang” The Hanger Sword That Did Much More Than Just “Hang”

A Hanger Sword is a bladed weapon that got its name from the manner in which it was hung on the belt of the person who used it. It could be made in large quantities, is not particularly expensive to

The Hunting Sword: The Highly Decorated Slayer of Beasts The Hunting Sword: The Highly Decorated Slayer of Beasts

The Hunting Sword is a double-edged shortsword that can trace its origins to medieval Europe but was mostly used throughout the 17th and 19th centuries. It is a sword used for hunting and as a ceremonial and decorative piece as

Chang Dao: The Japanese Pirates’ Nightmare Chang Dao: The Japanese Pirates’ Nightmare

The Changdao, also spelled as Chang Dao or ChangaDao, is a Chinese two-handed sword developed and used to defeat the Japanese pirates (Wokou) of the 15th century. It is said to have very similar characteristics to the Miaodao sword. In

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