Experiencing Moonbrand
Yesterday my wonderful host and patron Arthur von Eschen, founder and head instructor of Ásfólk  Viking Martial Arts in Eagon, Minnesota, took me and Thrand Godfrey, my partner in crime  during the past weekend, to Arms & Armor, renowned manufacturer of high quality replica weapons and artifacts, and also the seat of the Oakeshott Institute.

The Oakeshott Institute houses the collection of Ewart Oakeshott, collector and scholar of medieval swords, who had created the most influential blade typology which was named after him. It is the institute's mission to maintain his important collection and make it accessible to the public in lectures, special events and exhibitions – and they are doing a great job! There are other exciting projects in the pipeline, most notably the creation of digital 3D models of all objects from the collection to make them available to everybody. I will soon tell you more about this major undertaking and its mastermind Dale Utt .

I was delighted to see my friend Craig Johnson from Arms and Armor again, whom I had met at WMAW repeatedly. I also got to meet A&A's owner Chris Poor and the staff at A&A. Craig, knowing that I am a big fan of type XIV swords, took out a very special sword: Moonbrand, probably the most famous type XIV that there is. It was Ewart Oakeshott's favourite sword  and he had given it the name that sword enthusiasts all over the world know so well.

It is a completely different thing to see and feel the weapon in reality. Many subtleties and minutiae cannot be conveyed by images at all. I have made a drawing of the sword regardless, and recorded many close-up shots which I will share with my patrons in due course. You can also look forward to the sword showing up in my Book of Sword & Shield.