Blade Stresses

August 19, 2020 Sean Franklin 0

We are used to thinking about the forces that swords apply on their targets, but we don’t spend as much time thinking about the forces that the targets apply to the swords. Between axial, shear, bending, and torsion there is a lot more going on than you might have thought!

Sword Cross Sections

August 5, 2020 Sean Franklin 0

In my previous article, “Do Fullers Make Feders Take a Set?”, I promised you that I would take some data on production swords and back up the theory with data. I still haven’t done it, but I do have some measurements of the sharps around my apartment.

Totally Scientific Reasons You Need a New Sword

December 11, 2019 Sean Franklin 0

When I published “Do Swords Really Wear Out?” I was accused of robbing people of the ability to justify sword purchases. Fear not, I am here for the community. Just in time for Christmas, here are five totally valid scientific reasons you can use to justify the new sword purchase.

Rust: Know your enemy

March 6, 2019 Sean Franklin 0

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” Maybe this quote from the Art of War might not be the most applicable excerpt, but regardless you could always stand to learn a bit.

For the paranoid and the pansies: What is real risk?

July 11, 2018 Sean Franklin 0

Something that a lot of people are really bad at (other than HEMA) is evaluating risk. This isn’t just in relation to martial arts, it’s everything in your life. But I don’t care about the rest of your life, I just want you to make smarter HEMA decisions.