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On blade sharpening

Posted by on Nov 29, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, History, Videos, Weapons | 0 comments

Practitioners of the art of cutting, no matter what their style, background, or type of blade they’re using, will eventually find...

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An academic look at the history of Tameshigiri

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An academic look at the history of Tameshigiri

Posted by on Nov 28, 2013 in Culture, Featured, History, Reviews | Comments Off on An academic look at the history of Tameshigiri

Dr. S. Alexander Takeuchi of the University of South Carolina is a leading research scholar on the history and culture of the nihonto...

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Cutting the flame from a candle

photo by The Ewan

Cutting the flame from a candle

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Many arts practice the specialty art of drawing and cutting with the blade as a single movement. These include the Japanese arts of Iaido...

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Tameshigiri safety and etiquette

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Tameshigiri safety and etiquette

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured | 0 comments

Rules for conducting a safe test cutting exercise vary widely between different schools and styles. Some provide extensive lists of rules...

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Shi Zhan, Mandarin for test cutting

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Shi Zhan, Mandarin for test cutting

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Videos | 0 comments

The practice of test cutting isn’t limited to the Japanese arts. Shi zhan is the Mandarin word for “test cutting”, as...

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Historical European Martial Arts and test cutting

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Historical European Martial Arts and test cutting

Posted by on Nov 24, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | Comments Off on Historical European Martial Arts and test cutting

The last decade has seen an upsurge in what is being called Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), or the Western Martial Arts. ...

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