Drink for a Cause Fundraiser

Support The Oakeshott Institute with a pint or two! Raise a glass and support the great programing of The Oakeshott Institute at this unique fundraising event! On Feb 21st, from 6-9 pm, our good friends at NorthGate Brewing will be donating a portion of their sales to reinforce our efforts and work. Support The Oakeshott Institutes […]

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Make a Buckler Grown-Up Day Camp

Admit it, you’ve always thought of yourself as a swashbuckler. All you lack is an authentic 14th century shield, called a buckler, to get your swash on! The Oakeshott Institute is here to help! We are happy to announce our first adult smithing event of the year. Come and fulfill the dream. We will provide […]

Oakeshott Institute Introduces 3D Sword Modeling Project

The Oakeshott Institute is excited to announce the next step in our Historical Sword Documentation Project. Our 3D Modeling Project Our mission to collect and disseminate information on artifacts progresses into the realm of 3d modeling. Starting with the items in our care we will catalog these pieces and provide contextual materials. This will allow […]

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2nd Annual Pre-Halloween Masquerade Ball

Please join us, October 21st, for our 2nd Annual Pre-Halloween Masquerade Ball to benefit the Oakeshott Institute! The event will be held at the Oakshott Institute headquarters, a 19th century former church building in the Como neighborhood of Minneapolis. The evening will feature live traditional and folk music, a costume ball, cash bar, limited appetizers, […]

Drink Beer, Handle Swords, Support the Oakeshott Institute!

Drink for a Cause Night at NorthGate Brewing! Love beer? Love Swords? Then raise a glass and support the great programing of The Oakeshott Institute! On JUNE 7th, from 6-9 pm, our good friends at NorthGate Brewing will be donating a portion of their sales to reinforce our efforts and work. Our Adventures in Cold Steel, […]

What Oakeshott Teaches, part one: Honor

Oakeshott Summer Camps are a blast. Kids of all ages love learning about swords, spears, axes, shields, military tactics, how to make helmets, and throw axes. But that’s not all we teach our campers and students at The Oakeshott Institute. Our approach is much more rounded than just bashing each other with foam swords, or […]

Memorial Of the Practice of the Montante By Diogo Gomes de Figueyredo

A transcription and translation by Eric Myers and a history by Steve Hick Updated 4/2/2012 New Revised Edition- Further refinements and clarity in the translation and interpretation of this work on the Two Handed sword. This article presents a full translation of the Memorial of the Practice of the Montante, a manuscript on the use […]

The 1831 Pattern British General Officers Ivory Hilted Scimitar

By Peter Busch Generals and Field Marshals for that matter, had historically been considered somewhat of a law unto themselves. With their rank in the military this is hardly surprising, and in a bygone age when greater leeway in personal dress and accroutrement was tolerated, it is not surprising that these ranks within the military […]

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Some Aspects of the Metallurgy and Production of European Armor

By Craig Johnson, first published in the Armored Proceedings Symposium Notes, 1999. The metallurgical study of armour and weapons has taken some major steps forward in the last ten to twenty years. This information has been published in several journals and reports but in a fairly dispersed manner which is difficult for the general interest […]

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Sword Blade Hardness: a Look at the Current Research

Sword Blade Hardness: A look at the current research An article by Craig Johnson A bladesmith The possible variables in composition for any given sword blade are often so numerous that they defy counting. It is now understood that this variation is the result of attempts to produce a blade that solves material and design […]