Matt Easton of the YouTube channel Scholagladiatoria recently posted a video thanking those who’ve spread the word about his channel to bring the total number of subscribers up to over seventy thousand. Those of you who’ve clicked on my Guide to Becoming a Scholar of Swords and Swordplay page know that I place this channel above all the rest in terms of the accuracy of information one finds there and the breadth of Matt Easton’s knowledge. But, let me do my part here by sharing some awesome videos of his with you, and I hope that many of you who have an interest in the Middle Ages or fencing will subscribe if you haven’t already.
The following video explains how to accurately grip a Viking sword. More people grip a Viking sword incorrectly than any other blade. While one can often get away with a wrong grip in the case of other blades, doing so with a Viking sword will cause the pommel to jab into one’s wrist when cutting, which leads to the user hating a perfectly good sword. One cannot but admire the facility with which Easton shows that he can wield the blade when gripped correctly.
Which part of the sword should you cut with? This video shows a simple way to learn where the point of percussion is.
He also talks about various unusual weapons, which always make for interesting fun.
And he offers excellent advice about longsword fencing, in which he references historical longsword practices and fencing treatises. All good stuff.
And then he offers tons of information on arms, armor, and medieval history.
And then, you have to love his speculative videos, but I’ll end with these and a reminder to subscribe. One never knows what video he’ll upload next. Cheers!