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Nathan Robinson
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PostPosted: Mon 12 Jun, 2006 12:01 am    Post subject: Jun 12: myArmoury.com news and updates         Reply with quote

Today's update:


Call to Arms: The German Longsword

An article by Bill Grandy


Arms & Armor Fechterspiel Sword

A hands-on review by Bill Grandy


Arms & Armor Fechtbuch Sword

A hands-on review by Bill Grandy


Arms & Armor Spada da Zogho Sword

A hands-on review by Pamela Muir


Swordcrafts Aluminum Longsword Wasters

A hands-on review by Bill Grandy


Wallpaper: A&A Fechterspiel and Fechtbuch

Created by Nathan Robinson


As always, you can see our Complete History of Updates listed right from our home page.
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PostPosted: Mon 12 Jun, 2006 3:29 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks goes out to our newest contributing author: Pamela Muir.

Cheers!

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PostPosted: Mon 12 Jun, 2006 7:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This week's update pushes us to a new milestone: 150 hands-on reviews. Happy
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PostPosted: Mon 12 Jun, 2006 8:16 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Really a nice set of reviews / articles. Great job!
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PostPosted: Mon 12 Jun, 2006 10:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Great job everyone. This update dealt with so many things I'm interested in, I really enjoyed it.
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PostPosted: Mon 12 Jun, 2006 11:39 am    Post subject: Re: Jun 12: myArmoury.com news and updates         Reply with quote

Nathan Robinson wrote:
Today's update:

Call to Arms: The German Longsword
An article by Bill Grandy

Arms & Armor Fechterspiel Sword
A hands-on review by Bill Grandy

Arms & Armor Fechtbuch Sword
A hands-on review by Bill Grandy

Arms & Armor Spada da Zogho Sword
A hands-on review by Pamela Muir

Swordcrafts Aluminum Longsword Wasters
A hands-on review by Bill Grandy

Wallpaper: A&A Fechterspiel and Fechtbuch
Created by Nathan Robinson



I always look forward to reading Bill's articles, especially longsword reviews. He has a real knack for placing the characteristics of the product in context with the leading edge of WMA research.

This month's Call to Arms article on this site is probably the best short synopsis of the German school of fence that I have ever seen-- it is easy to understand, makes excellent use of illustrations, and would be perfect for introducing newcomers to the Western Martial Arts.

Having said all that, I also found Pamela's article a joy to read. Her use of context with regards to western martial arts gave me a good impression of what A&A's newest practice sword is all about. A truely enjoyable read, especially for a first article!

And Nathan, your new wallpaper is now my desktop setting! Big Grin

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PostPosted: Mon 12 Jun, 2006 12:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Jun 12: myArmoury.com news and updates         Reply with quote

Jeremiah Swanger wrote:
This month's Call to Arms article on this site is probably the best short synopsis of the German school of fence that I have ever seen-- it is easy to understand, makes excellent use of illustrations, and would be perfect for introducing newcomers to the Western Martial Arts.

Thank you, Jeremiah. This is the best kind of feedback I could hope for on this article. Bill, the author, can add to this as he sees fit, but I believe you just summed up exactly what he was trying to do with the article. This was intended to be an introduction to the art of the German Longsword for newcomers wanting to start WMA or others with a general interest in the subject. I think Bill did a great job with this and I hope that it will not only spur others to "dig deeper" into the arts surrounding the German Longsword, but also shed some light onto exactly what they are.

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PostPosted: Mon 12 Jun, 2006 1:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks guys! As Nathan said, Jeremiah, that's exactly what we were trying to go for, so I'm happy to hear your comments!
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PostPosted: Mon 12 Jun, 2006 4:56 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very fine work! The reviews of various practice swords blunts together is very useful for comparison of the various options available. The "Call to Arms" article is a step in a whole new direction, and a great introductory piece.
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PostPosted: Mon 12 Jun, 2006 5:35 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is just what I have been waiting for, reviews of practice swords; especially the Spada da Zogho! Excellent work everyone.

Thanks for all of the time and effort you put into this site,
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PostPosted: Mon 12 Jun, 2006 8:36 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very good article and reviews: The article is particularly useful to the novice or even the non practitioner who would still like to have an idea how real swords were used. The explanation of terms is simple and clear, the progress through stances, movement, guards, attack and defence help me understand much more easily the training DVDs I have viewed and clears up some confusion when first exposed to the terminology. ( Oh, helps a lot also understanding books on the subject that even if they are much longer and detailed, are not as clearly written: Bill's article sure makes the learning curve seem less steep ! )

As usual the reviews are clear and well written and give a good idea what the product would be like if one decided to purchase.

Also, congratulations to Pamela for her first review. Cool You might consider writing about your experiences first as a novice and then becoming a teacher to novices as well as more advance student. As well, dealing with others at your level or above in skill. Cool Cool Cool

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PostPosted: Tue 13 Jun, 2006 11:14 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Bill, your "Call to Arms" article is absolutely terrific. I know it was a long time in the making, but it was well worth the wait. Also, my compliments to you and Nathan for the illustrations. They turned out great! Wow.

Nathan, thank you for giving me the opportunity to contribute. It's nice to be able to give back, if only a little. (And, Bill, thanks for your help.) Happy

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PostPosted: Wed 14 Jun, 2006 2:59 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Bill and Pamela:

Really outstanding articles! Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into them. I particularly enjoyed the Call to Arms article.

Bill

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PostPosted: Mon 19 Jun, 2006 9:56 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Outstanding articles and reviews! I printed out Bill's article on the German longsword; all 18 pages of it! Excellent work everyone. Big Grin

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