Blood, Sweat, and Steel: My Afternoon with the Ace of Swords. “When I got this sword, it was completely covered in blood rust.” Sword maker Francis Boyd is showing me yet another weapon pulled from yet another safe in the heavily fortified workshop behind his northern California home. “You can tell it’s blood,” he says matter-of-factly, “because ordinary rust turns the grinding water brown. If it’s blood rust it bleeds, it looks like blood in the water. Even 2,000 years old, it bleeds. And it smells like a steak cooking, like cooked meat. I’ve encountered this before with Japanese swords from World War II. If there’s blood on the sword and you start polishing it, the sword bleeds. It comes with the territory.” [Via]
posted by homunculus
on Apr 16, 2013 -
is a catalog of fighting manuals and other primary sources related to historical European martial arts.
posted by zamboni
on Dec 26, 2012 -
From the opening frames of this mesmerizing video
: "A crazy idea was born. Early sunday on Swordfish 2010
we got a crazy idea of duck-tape our GoPro Hero camera on the tip of a sword and do some swings to see how it looked. We started slow just to see if the camera was holding together, then stepping it up. All recording are done in real speed." The music
really makes the video. (via
posted by SpacemanStix
on Dec 27, 2010 -
Soon there will be a sword for every man, woman, and child in the city. But come on, it's not like they're dangerous. OR ARE THEY? In six episodes of Cautionary Tales of Swords
, Trip Fisk makes the case for the danger of nature's hell sticks and while they'll fucking slice a baby in half.
posted by pokermonk
on Feb 22, 2010 -
This year's winners of the Ig Nobel prizes are a bumper crop of wild and crazy SCIENCE!,
featuring sword-swallowing, knuckle-cracking, benefits of cow-naming
, pregnant women NOT tipping over
, a household use for giant panda poop
(take that, Packham
), diamonds made from tequila
, a brassiere that can be used as TWO gas masks
, "Ireland's Worst Driver"
, Icelandic banks, Zimbabwean currency, and a 'Peace Prize' earned by hitting people over the heads with beer bottles (and comparing the effects of empty vs. full bottles
) (related inquiry
posted by wendell
on Oct 2, 2009 -
No, seriously, they score by touching the opponent in the Valid Target Area. The touches are monitored electronically via wires coming out of the fencers' backs, similar to the technology used to control Dan Rather.
-from Dave Barry on Fencing
in the humor
section of Fencing Sucks.
posted by Shane
on Jun 30, 2003 -
A sword may feel unconfortable and leave "a taste of stomach acids and metal" in your mouth, but it's a hell of a party trick.
posted by h0ney
on Jul 7, 2002 -
Eight Sword Myths
by Glenn Pettit is a relaxing unobtrustive and straight-forward read for those who like to collect, brandish, or just stare in awe at c-c-c-cutlery
. And who doesn't? This document dispells certain modern misunderstandings but also tips a hat to timeless legend itself.
posted by ZachsMind
on Dec 6, 2000 -