Building the Library of Violence for The Mongoliad

Wildly inaccurate portrayals of sword fighting in the media are nothing new. Recently John Clements dropped by io9 to debunk modern sword fighting, and Martin Page and Guy Windsor talked to IGN about the problems with sword fighting in video games. These guys know sword fighting. Me? I'm just a writer, trying not to… » 2/26/13 7:40am 2/26/13 7:40am

Watch a blacksmith make one of Game of Thrones' incredibly functional…

Tony Swatton is a blacksmith and Hollywood's resident swordmaker; "Man-at-Arms" is a new web series that covers Swatton as recreates movie and TV weapons, from hunks of steel to intricate, beautiful, and completely usable weapons, beginning with Jaime Lannister's sword from Game of Thrones (FYI, he's not Game of Thrones » 2/13/13 2:30pm 2/13/13 2:30pm

Watch Neal Stephenson slice up fruit with swords on high-speed video

In one of those Internet things that exists solely to delight us, science fiction author Neal Stephenson starts slicing up fruit (and other things) with swords, shot at about 2,300 frames per second. Come for the cantaloupe, stay for the amazing shot of Stephenson demolishing a plastic water bottle with his longsword. » 1/13/13 9:00am 1/13/13 9:00am

Awesome portraits of female sword swallowers in the 1800s

Swallowing swords takes a steady hand and the willingness to hazard the occasional sore throat and pierced esophagus. And fortunately for those readers who won't risk the taste of broadsword, the folks at the Sword Swallowing Hall of Fame are compiling the histories of sword swallowers past and present. » 8/15/12 4:50pm 8/15/12 4:50pm

Master Japanese craftsmen make real-life versions of Evangelion weapons

People love samurai swords, and people love Evangelion. Combining the two makes a perfect storm of coolness. A current museum exhibition hopes to capitalize on the anime's fandom by presenting weapons from the Evangelion series crafted by master Japanese sword smiths. » 7/21/12 3:00pm 7/21/12 3:00pm

Flyer advertising Evangelion & Japanese…

A brief history of the ancient science of sword making

The sword is the perennial symbol of empires, knighthood, chivalry and fantasy. But it's also one of the world's most ancient technologies, connected with breakthroughs in metallurgy that would change the world. There are even some types of ancient swords so strong that modern science still can't determine how they… » 8/17/11 9:07am 8/17/11 9:07am