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  1. For Sale: 17th Century Italian Rapier, circa 1620

    $4000

    I am selling an original Italian rapier circa 1620.

    Overall length: 49.5 inches
    Weight: 2 lbs 8.3 oz
    Width of guard: 7.5 inches
    Blade length: 43.25 inches (including 2 inch...
  2. Lowering the price on this to $750, which...

    Lowering the price on this to $750, which includes shipping to the continental U.S.
  3. For Sale: Hanwei Tori Elite Katana w/ sword maintenance kit

    I'm selling a Tori Elite Katana from Hanwei. Folded steel, in almost new condition. Has only cut tatami once, but otherwise has been on display. Comes with the Hanwei sword maintenance kit (unused)...
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    Ottoman saber question about fakes

    I'm currently in Turkey. I came across a saber/shamshir with beautiful Arabic script inlaid in gold into the blade. The seller says it is 17th century Ottoman.

    Now, I know not to take the seller's...
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    David Rowe just wrote a new article, "The Art of...

    David Rowe just wrote a new article, "The Art of Translation Part 1: What Makes a Good Translation?" David is currently working on his masters at Catholic University focusing on medieval studies and...
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    New resource: TheHEMAists.com

    Allow me to announce a new site, www.theHEMAists.com, a resource for Historical European Martial Artists (and other sword buffs)! We have a lot of really cool content coming down the pipeline,...
  7. Vid: The Art of Ringen, Medieval Martial Art of Germany

    At VAF, we made a video to promote Ringen. Because as much as we love swords, gosh darn it, it's just as fun to drop our friends on their heads, too. :)

    Our real goal is to get more people excited...
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    I sadly have to report that we are cancelling...

    I sadly have to report that we are cancelling this tournament. We only had a handful of sign ups by the preregistration date. Hopefully next time we can get a date that is more agreeable to the...
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    Just a reminder that the cut off date to register...

    Just a reminder that the cut off date to register is Wednesday, 5/1, and that the event is only a little over a week away. Sign up!
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    Hello everyone, Sorry for the delay, but we...

    Hello everyone,
    Sorry for the delay, but we finally have registration open! We were planning on setting up a simple PayPal link, but due to some hiccups, we're going to do what we did for our...
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    You'll need the minimum equipment listed here:...

    You'll need the minimum equipment listed here:
    http://www.vafinc.com/hemac_sword.php

    We should have more info on the webpage in a couple of days!
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    Wow, I was blown away with how fast this year...

    Wow, I was blown away with how fast this year filled up. Can't wait to see/cross blades with everyone this year!
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    Technically, all single hand sword techniques are...

    Technically, all single hand sword techniques are acceptable. We didn't want anyone feeling like, "Aw, man, I do [Sword Style X], so I can't play!" Just be aware that the swords being used will have...
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    Hi Keith, Sorry, I only just realized you posted...

    Hi Keith,
    Sorry, I only just realized you posted this. For this first one, we're going to use the Purpleheart synthetic Pentii wasters. That may possibly change for future events.
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    Capital Arming Sword Open: May 4, 2013

    Earlier this year, the Virginia Academy of Fencing hosted a longsword tournament that we called the Capital HEMA Open. Due to some positive feedback, we have decided to do multiple small, focused...
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    The event was divided into two pools in which...

    The event was divided into two pools in which every fenced everyone else in the pool (one pool had 10 and the other 9 fencers). The top four then went on to fence in the finals to determine who won...
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    Now that the first Capital HEMA Open is over, let...

    Now that the first Capital HEMA Open is over, let me please say thank you to everyone who attended! I was very pleased to see such a great showing of excellent longsword work, both in technical form...
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    Registration is officially closed. We have a good...

    Registration is officially closed. We have a good size for the longsword tournament!

    Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the rapier tournament, which we had to cancel due to having too few...
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    Hey all, Just a heads up. We'll be closing...

    Hey all,
    Just a heads up. We'll be closing registration for this event on Sunday (i.e. one week before the event).

    We've got a lot of longsword fencers signed up, but we want more rapier guys to...
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    Just a reminder that this event is coming up at...

    Just a reminder that this event is coming up at the end of the month!
  21. Thanks guys! It was a lot of hard work, but it...

    Thanks guys! It was a lot of hard work, but it was also a lot of fun hard work. Well, maybe the part where Tim repeatedly did the Fork on me for multiple takes was a little less fun... Seriously,...
  22. The Elderly Master: Techniques from Fabian von Auerswald

    Tim Hall, David Rowe and I have just published an article on the 16th century Ringen master Fabian von Auerswald on the Chivalric Fighting Arts Association Blog.
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  23. That's really cool, Puck!

    That's really cool, Puck!
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    We have a basic webpage up, and I edited the...

    We have a basic webpage up, and I edited the original post to include it. It will eventually have full rules for both events, and more details about the equipment requirements.
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    Hi Keith, VAF has it's regular classes during...

    Hi Keith,
    VAF has it's regular classes during the day on weekends, so that's why the tournament doesn't start until 3:30. Saturday's tournament will be purely focused on longsword, and Sunday's will...
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