When understanding equipment it’s important to have a basic understanding of material properties, and — most importantly — how they interact.
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.
How our gear keeps us safe is an important topic, especially if we ever want to make it safer!