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Jolene Sim

A medical and technical writer who identifies as an introverted couch potato. She enjoys geeking out with anime such as Naruto and Demon Slayer; and gacha games like Genshin Impact; and books from authors like Diana Wynne Jones, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, and many more. Her interests include art, music, food, travel, and learning about different cultures.
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Uncovering the History of Japanese Sword Stamps: A Study by Sword Enthusiasts Uncovering the History of Japanese Sword Stamps: A Study by Sword Enthusiasts

Throughout history, markings on blades served as a means of the maker’s identification. Throughout Japanese history, a well-known emblem – the chrysanthemum –  is found on blades that date back as far as the 1600s. Personal marks known as kakihan or

The Dha: An Ancient Sword from Thailand The Dha: An Ancient Sword from Thailand

The Thai dha (or Thai daab) is a traditional Thai sword with a long and rich history. Made by blacksmiths using simple foundries with bamboo bellows, the dha has played an integral part in the history of sword-fighting in Thailand.

The History of NCO Swords in the US Army The History of NCO Swords in the US Army

With its rich history dating as far back as the Roman Legionnaires, the role of Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) played an essential part in the accomplishment of the missions and the welfare of the soldiers. Responsible for the discipline and training

5 Iconic Japanese Swords Used in World War 2 5 Iconic Japanese Swords Used in World War 2

The Japanese were always known for their excellent swordsmanship. From their earliest origins and into the modern ages, they clung to their age-old traditions and continued the production of high quality swords.  By the time World War 2 broke out

The Kris Sword: A Masterpiece of Southeast Asian Craftsmanship The Kris Sword: A Masterpiece of Southeast Asian Craftsmanship

Known for its distinct wavy blade and intricate hilt designs, this traditional weapon has captivated the hearts of many for centuries. In this article, we will delve into the fascinating world of the Kris sword, exploring its various variations such

Tactical Swords: History, Advantages and Disadvantages Tactical Swords: History, Advantages and Disadvantages

Tactical swords are functional blades that are perfect for combat. They come in many different shapes and sizes and originate from all over the globe. In this article, we will dive into the origins, specifications, advantages and, in some cases,

Guide Into The Legendary Masamune Swords Guide Into The Legendary Masamune Swords

In the long and exciting history of swordmaking, blades brandished by the Samurai warriors of feudal Japan are known to be some of the most formidable, yet beautiful weapons ever made. Reasons for this include their intrinsically artistic creation, deathly

Ulfberht Swords: A Contemporary Debate on the Viking Age Ulfberht Swords: A Contemporary Debate on the Viking Age

Amongst the thousands of Viking age weapons discovered throughout recent history, Ulfberht swords were one of the rarest and most highly prized. Forged and distributed between the 9th and 11th century, they are identified by the letters inlaid on the

Kodachi: A Look Into The Japanese Short Sword Kodachi: A Look Into The Japanese Short Sword

Of all the famous Japanese swords, the kodachi (こだち) is a short sword that is one of the more popular and mysterious swords due to its pop-culture footprint from anime and video games. This article discusses the history, characteristics, and

Kopis Sword: A Guide to The Greek Short Sword  Kopis Sword: A Guide to The Greek Short Sword 

The Kopis Sword refers to either a sword with a heavy curved blade or a single edged short sword of the same design. A sword that has influenced many cultures, the Kopis sword is popularized by the famous Assassins Creed

Hand And A Half Sword: History and Modern Use Hand And A Half Sword: History and Modern Use

Any sword enthusiast would agree that the Hand and a half sword is the most versatile and effective sword. Amazingly light and fast for a sword of this size, this sword is an iconic piece with an interesting history which

Scimitar Sword: Collector’s Guide from the Middle East Scimitar Sword: Collector’s Guide from the Middle East

Unlike most European Swords that utilized double-edged blades, the Scimitar, known for its convex, curved blade, is a deadly cutting weapon that has been used across Central Asia, at least until the end of the Ottoman Empire.  From its role

The Historically Authentic Executioner Sword The Historically Authentic Executioner Sword

During the early 16th Century, decapitation was typically set aside for the nobility. While the ax was popular in England, executioner swords were used all over Central Europe for hundreds of years and particularly Germany, hence the common phrase, “German

Spartan Sword: A Guide for Sword Collectors Spartan Sword: A Guide for Sword Collectors

To all Spartans, nothing was more important than military education. Hence, Spartan children were trained with warrior skills from a young age. During their training, they would be equipped and taught to employ primary Spartan weapons such as the spear,

Parrying Dagger: History and How to Choose One Parrying Dagger: History and How to Choose One

The parrying dagger is a term used to refer to a group of small hand-held weapons from the early Renaissance and European late middle ages. Ubiquitous to the so-called simple left hand dagger, it evolved into the more important main

Your Ultimate Guide to the European Smallsword Your Ultimate Guide to the European Smallsword

Evolved from the rapier sword of the late Renaissance, the smallsword is a light, one-handed sword that served as a dueling weapon. Modern sports fencing styles grew mainly out of smallsword techniques. If you are a sword collector or into

Best Messer Swords: The German Great Knives Best Messer Swords: The German Great Knives

The Falchion never made it in Germany and that’s because they had the Messer. While many swords come down from the noble warrior classes, the Messer seems to be a genuine ground up weapon which began with peasants. Meaning ‘Great

European Swords: 18 Types & Where to Buy Them European Swords: 18 Types & Where to Buy Them

For sword aficionados, adding to their collection involves first understanding the development and history of the sword over the centuries in Europe. When we think of European swords, we often think of a knightly sword – the type of sword

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