Here are some useful links that I use very often. These are in no particular order!
Historical sources are at the heart of HEMA, knowing where to find them is essential!
- Wiktenauer: A go-to place for free images and translations
- Sources at the Schola forum: A link collection for many reproductions of original treatises, all the way to the 20th century
- The Raymond J. Lord Collection: Many quality PDFs of original treatises, 16th – 18th century
- Freelance Academy Press: Publishers of translations and interpretations of source texts
- Fallen Rook Publishing: Publishers of translations and interpretations of source texts
Gear for historical fencing is getting widely available, here are a few companies and individuals craftsmen that are more or less unavoidable in this market (and still in business!), and that I personally own products from.
- Albion Swords: Makers of top quality weapons, mainly medieval with relatively simple hilts. They are using designs by Peter Johnsson, a famous sword researcher, hence they are supposed to be close to historical swords if not perfect reproductions.
- Arms & Armor: High quality sharps and trainers, production pieces and custom work too. Notable for their complex hilts, very close to original pieces
- Malleus Martialis: Some very nice training gear especially for 16th century Italian fencing
- Darkwood Armory: Famous for their training rapiers, with a choice of production hilts and blades
- Histfenc: HEMA-specific protective gear, the jackets are especially nice
- PBT historical fencing: A sport fencing company now doing good HEMA protections too
- HROARR: A very big general HEMA blog, managed by Roger Norling with lots of guest authors
- Marozzo.com: Ilkka Hartikainen’s thoughts, with a big focus on Bolognese swordsmanship
- Le Caroussel des AMHE: A french blog
- Keith Farrell’s blog: Interesting thoughts on training and methodology in general
- L’arte dell’Armi: A French blog about Italian Renaissance fencing
- Nimico: Another French blog about Italian Renaissance fencing
- Sword STEM: Articles about the scientific aspects of swords and swordsmanship
Forums are a bit quiet these days due to the competition from the Face-thing, but these are still well worth a visit:
- MyArmoury: The place to discuss arms and armour, and a wealth of articles and featured content as well!
- HEMA Alliance Forum: One of the most active forums about HEMA, international but with a bit of a North-American focus
- Schola Gladiatoria Forum: Another active forum, international as well but this time with more of a European focus
- AMHE on web: A French forum… with a French focus, of course!