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Some videos about swords, fencing and other things
Hi guys,
I've been making a few videos recently for fun, about a fairly wide range of topics that some of you might be interested in.
For examples -
Different ways hilts are attached to sword tangs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUL80bbJMOI
Afghan hand weapons of the 19th century: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EWVJ4m4Ius
Medieval hollow sword pommels: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaQPlBklhEk
Common weights of popular sword types: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03HIYgLWGu0
Why certain swords cut well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5_4uC3-Xu8
How to grip the medieval longsword: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t1h_fVutw4
How to grip the Victorian sabre: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvIFi1jitS0
Which is quicker, cut or thrust: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NkTAFrTOW0
Basic rules for parrying in military sabre: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g_VwDpY5cw

If you're interested then please feel free to follow my channel, as I add new videos fairly regularly:

I was just watching your videos the other day and they're great, simple and informative. Subscribed and eagerly waiting for more.
simple and direct explanations for someone like me that just touches the surface of western martial arts.

I'd certainly be interested in some break downs of the two handed swords. :)
Excellent, Matt. :)
I've been enjoying these too, well done Matt!
Thanks chaps, good to know some people find them useful. :D
Hello Matt,

I've been subscribed to your youtube channel for a few weeks now. I really like your videos and have learned a fair amount from it, especially your Victorian Saber fencing and the six cuts of which I practice on a semi regular basis. I also love your katana series of comparisons as well as your general military history which is excellent. Thanks again for your youtube channel and sparring videos.


Thanks Steve, much appreciated :)
These video clips are really excellent. Please continue.
I' ve seen all your videos, very informative!
A great set of videos, Matt, and I really, really wish more people pay attention to the difference in proportions between many 15th c longswords and late 16th/17th c feders. The development of the latter has an interesting parallel to the evolution of shinai in Japan, and I suspect for similar reasons.
i got to watch a few more yesterday - and got caught up in all the Japanese sword video breakdowns i don't think its ever been explained better and more straight forward than how you stated that it is a different sword meant for a very different purpose than long sword.

I'm going to jump on and watch a few more.
Many thanks for your support guys - I enjoy making them, but it's nice to know that some of them are useful :)
I look forward to your semiweekly uploads. When it comes to sword related videos there are tons of sparing videos and cutting videos, but not a lot on the swords themselves. You fill that niche quite well. I also appreciate that you include 19th century sabers and swordsmanship (and Indian and Afghan weapons), which usually take the back seat to longswords, katanas, and Liechtenauer. Thank you!
Some nice videos there Matt. Subscribed to your channel. Particularly liked the points you made about tulwar hilts forcing you to grip and use the sword differently to a European saber.
there's such a range of ideas expressed in the videos, and some things that get debated here - I'd bring up two handed sword vs pike, something that is described in the manuals but I've always seen as a pretty difficult feat.

the most interesting one i watched yesterday was your presentation on sword throwing. after ward, i really wanted to track down the test video.
Thanks guys :)
Hi Matt,

Just wanted to say how thoroughly I enjoy your videos. Thank you!
I subscribed to your channel and have been watching your videos. Great stuff, a lot of it is elementary but I'd be lying if I said I didn't learn a few things, especially about 19th century swords and fencing. You seem to be getting into deeper territory now that you have some of the basics out of the way.
Thanks, good to know that some of it is useful.
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