Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part IV: The Assembly

Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part IV: The Assembly

Putting it All Together At last! After forming a boss, building a press, and making a blank, the only thing left was to put it all together and add the final touches. In the greater scheme, this meant accomplishing three final tasks: Prepping and attaching the boss Creating and attaching...Read more
Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part III: The Blank

Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part III: The Blank

Framing the Blank There's something exciting and deeply intimidating about having pristine raw materials before you. There's so much potential there, yet so many opportunities to totally botch the job too. If you've been following along with my other posts, I probably don't need to highlight my particular obsession with...Read more
Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part II: The Press

Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part II: The Press

A Pressing Need Now that I'd made a boss, it was time to move on to the shield blank. When I decided I wanted to dome my new period-style bucklers, I realized that I had quite a challenge before me. I saw immediately that I'd need to laminate two or...Read more
Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part I: The Boss

Making a Better I.33 Buckler – Part I: The Boss

To Form an Ideal Shield Boss I've decided to try my hand at constructing a 14th-century-style buckler in a way that I hope will be more accurate for I.33 than the all-metal or dog bowl with flat CDX plywood varieties I've used in the past. Ideally, I'd like to create...Read more
10 (not-so) Simple Tips for Fencing

10 (not-so) Simple Tips for Fencing

While going over some old notes and half-finished articles, I came across a little gem titled 10 Simple Tips for Fencing. I'm fairly certain that when I originally wrote this note, I was speaking mostly to myself, trying to convince myself to observe the few practical guidelines I'd begun to...Read more
Liechtenauer Audiobook

Liechtenauer Audiobook

Looking for the Liechtenauer Audiobook? Here it is! You can download it too if you like here (right click and choose "Save Link As," or whatever your browser's equivalent is).Read more
I.33 Video Book

I.33 Video Book

Here it is, a video book version of I.33! A lot of time and effort went into this project, and it's been a labor of love on so many levels. I'd like to tell you why I did it and also how I did it. But mostly, I hope people...Read more
How to Build a Dog Bowl Buckler

How to Build a Dog Bowl Buckler

A while back I made a pair of training bucklers for the study of I.33, and they've gotten a lot of attention from my fellow WMA enthusiasts. So, I figured I'd make a step-by-step tutorial on how to make what I've affectionately dubbed a "dog bowl buckler." I have to...Read more
2 Affordable Arming Swords

2 Affordable Arming Swords

As my focus steadily shifted towards I.33, I decided it was time to pick up some quality arming swords. This coincided with an opportunity to sell off some recording equipment, and I suddenly had $500 to blow on swords. At about $230 a piece, the Hanwei Tinker Pearce Blunted Single...Read more
The Right Tool for the Job

The Right Tool for the Job

In my day job, I work for a company that sells everything from beginner guitars to the gear you'd need to outfit a professional recording studio or full-scale performance venue, and one of the things I learned early on is that there's no substitution for the right tool. Sure, you...Read more