Windlass Steelcrafts: Third generation of a successful family business
Windlass Steelcrafts: Third generation of a successful family business
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Since its foundation in 1943, the Windlass Group has evolved into a diversified group of companies headquartered in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. Since then, the group has expanded to almost all parts of the world, manufacturing swords, armour,…

The Decline of Leather Tanning: Does Tanning Have a Future?
The Decline of Leather Tanning: Does Tanning Have a Future?
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A hundred years ago, leather and fur were natural parts of clothing, and very high in demand. But in the last three decades, the leather industry has been going through a rough patch. How have the Czech leatherworking industry and related crafts…

The Roots of Contemporary Conflicts II: Israel: The Jews in Biblical Times
The Roots of Contemporary Conflicts II: Israel: The Jews in Biblical Times
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In recent years, the Middle (or Near) East region has been ravaged by conflicts. Unfortunately, this region was never exactly peaceful in the course of history. Let's start in the Old Testament ...

Roots of Contemporary Conflicts, Part 3. Wild Fields
Roots of Contemporary Conflicts, Part 3. Wild Fields
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“Wild Fields” refers to the wide expanses of the Ukrainian and South Russian steppes between the rivers Don, Dniester and upper Oka, perhaps as far as the Caspian Sea. This region was barren for a long time. Various raid of nomads and other…

A Weapon and a Work of Art: The History and Production of Bows in the Past
A Weapon and a Work of Art: The History and Production of Bows in the Past
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Thousands of years ago, bows were primarily used for hunting. Today, archery has become a hobby and a competitive sport. If our ancestors saw today's bows, they would probably not believe their own eyes! What were bows made of in the past - and…

The Complex History of Leather Manufacturing: From the Prehistoric Times to the Present Day
The Complex History of Leather Manufacturing: From the Prehistoric Times to the Present Day
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Leather is one of the oldest natural materials that has been used by mankind since the beginning. Whether you like leather jackets, handbags or leather shoes, these products wouldn’t have been here without the ingenuity and patience of our early…

Marto's tradition of masterful sword smithing
Marto's tradition of masterful sword smithing
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For over 100 years, Espadas y Sables de Toledo, S.L. has been producing bladed weapons under the MARTO and BERMEJO brands using traditional craftsmanship. The company, based in Toledo (Spain), can look back on a rich history of sword…

Manopoulos: Board Games for All Fans of Strategy and History Games!
Manopoulos: Board Games for All Fans of Strategy and History Games!
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Do you like board games that stimulate thinking and simultaneously offer a lot of fun? Then Manopoulos games are a perfect fit for you. Manopoulos, a distinguished board games brand, was founded with the mission to help players of all ages relax…

Roots of Contemporary Conflicts, Part 2. Divided Slavs and the Mongol Invasion
Roots of Contemporary Conflicts, Part 2. Divided Slavs and the Mongol Invasion
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The Mongol invasions in 13th and 14th centuries contributed to the divisions among the Eastern Slavs and had a significant impact on events in Europe. However, the fall of Kiev and other important centres in the eastern region helped another city…

Care and Maintenance of Samurai Swords and Japanese Swords
Care and Maintenance of Samurai Swords and Japanese Swords
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There is a saying in Japan: “The sword is the soul of the Samurai.” And the samurai did take care of their blades accordingly. Today, samurai swords still deserve the same care. Blades made of carbon steel are subject to corrosion and must be…

An Ancient Craft on the Rise. What Is Artistic Blacksmithing?
An Ancient Craft on the Rise. What Is Artistic Blacksmithing?
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It is almost as old as mankind itself, but definitely not forgotten. What is artistic blacksmithing and why is it trending today? How does it differ from the traditional blacksmithing profession? And why has the demand for hand-forged products…

Roots of Contemporary Conflicts, Part I: Ukraine Conflict
Roots of Contemporary Conflicts, Part I: Ukraine Conflict
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The origin of the early Slavs is unclear. Some historians believe that Slavic populations inhabited vast territories of central and northern Europe as early as the Roman period. In the first part of our historical exploration, we will look at the…

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