The Instructor

Ben Smith the instructor of the Hilt and Cross is a historian and martial artist who has trained in German longsword since 2000

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Articles

Read cutting edge thinking on the theory, method and practice of historical European martial arts.

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Joining

If you are interested in attending the Hilt & Cross feel free to come and see if our practice is right for you.

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The Old Penitentiary

The bureaucracy that surrounds the modern museum often prevents them from presenting their unique offerings in the best light or to the widest possible audience.  The Old Penitentiary in Boise happens to have one of the best weapons collections in the western United States, including a fine example of swords from the Renaissance and the

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