This site’s editor, J. Christoph Amberger, was born and raised in West Berlin, Germany. He studied in Berlin, Göttingen, Aberdeen, and Annapolis and holds an M.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College Graduate Institute. He is currently pursuing a J.D. at the University of Baltimore School of Law. After clerking for the Law Offices of Thomas M. Donnelly at the World Trade Center in Baltimore for two years, he currently serves as a Rule-26 Student Attorney at the Office of the State’s Attorney for Harford County, Maryland.
As a member of two German student Corps, he fought 7 sharp Mensuren between 1985 and 1987. He has been fencing competitively since 1984 and today coaches youth teams and adult fencing classes at Baltimore Fencing Center in Timonium, Maryland.
Amberger launched Hammerterz Forum in 1994, one of the first journals exclusively devoted to the exploration of historical fencing. Apart from hundreds of articles and dozens of publications, Amberger has written five books, with more in the pipeline.
Among them is The Secret History of the Sword: Adventures in Ancient Martial Arts, on whose concept this site is based.
Amberger is married, has three kids and lives in Towson, Maryland.