The history of the American Axe…

There are dozens of styles of axe-head, with variations based both on function and region of manufacture. Many of these styles have stories behind them, as does the American axe-industry as a whole. Timber booms were numerous and often the only source of hard-currency for the frontier regions of the United States. I came across […]

Ancient Siberian warrior discovered clutching his knives

  Construction workers in Siberia made a pretty incredible discovery – a Bronze Age warrior’s burial site. While not a mummified body like Ötzi the Iceman, the preservation of the skeletal remains and the grave accouterments is still pretty impressive. From Siberian Times: The extraordinary find of this Bronze Age warrior – ready for combat on […]

Today I Learned: 1960 sword-assassination of Japanese politician Inejiro Asanuma

Today I learned about a 1960 assassination of a Japanese politician, by a katana  yoroidoshi-wielding ultranationalistic 17-year-old. The killing touched off riots which left dozens of students and police injured. From All-That-is-Interesting: This shocking stabbing came at a tense time in Japan. The country was still defining itself after its defeat in World War II and […]

Today I Learned: The Duel at Ganryu Island

A reader reached out to me on Twitter to let me know that today is a very important anniversary. As he put it, Americans have the gunfight at the OK Corral, the Japanese have the “Duel at Ganryu Island”. Like the OK Corral, the Duel at Ganryu Island is shrouded in myth. Some of the agreed […]

From VintageNews: A history of the Stiletto

The legendary Fairbairn Sykes fighting knife (and its cousin the V-42) are among our favorite historical knives to cover. However, the history stiletto is quite a bit older, dating back to medieval Italy. I came across this post from the site Vintage News, which documents the history of the style. From Vintage News: The long slender […]