Emily Cotlier

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Sword typologies and why we need them

Wheeler's sword types identified by hilt.

Many of my swords on this website are defined by their “type”. What does that mean, and why does it matter? The uses of sword typologies Typologies need to be understood as a modern overlay, trying to bring meaning and order to the huge variety of swords (and other things) used throughout history. They are …

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Sword commission status

I currently have a reasonably long waiting list for new commissions.  I may not be able to take on new work for a while. If you want to be added to the list, please read this post and my related pages. You can see some of my past commissions in the My Swords gallery. I …

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Wearing full historic armour – the experience

One factor that helps me as a swordsmith is knowing what it’s like to be in full armour, wielding a blade or lance. I no longer joust, but the experience of riding in armour and jousting, has taught me a lot about how the weapons and armour interact with each other, and how critical it …

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New Resource – How to Make a Sword

To help answer your questions, I have put together a new resource, the page How to Make a Sword. This includes a detailed bibliography and some good – and bad – news about where you can learn blacksmithing and more.

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The hand-and-a-half sword – Oakeshott Type XVII

One of my long-term favourites as a swordsmith is the Oakeshott Type XVII. This is an elegant type of hand-and-a-half sword. It is as handy with one hand or two, with a long blade for good reach. Even in blunt form with a wide tip for reenactment combat, it is possible to make it light …

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