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Cutting from the ground up

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Cutting from the ground up

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Performing test-cutting starting from a low ground position, such as one-knee-up or a kneeling posture. This is a somewhat usual form of...

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News: Learning Edo-era blade polishing techniques from a Japanese master (Japan)

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in In the News | Comments Off on News: Learning Edo-era blade polishing techniques from a Japanese master (Japan)

Dateline: Japan Rocket News 24 Have you taken a close look lately at the knives you use every day when preparing food? If you’ve been...

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Deepening your technique: Cutting paper with wooden swords

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

A traditional training exercise used in both Japanese and Korean sword arts is the cutting of sheets of paper with wooden swords...

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Test Cutting with the Chakram – Sikh throwing disk

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Test Cutting with the Chakram – Sikh throwing disk

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Culture, Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | Comments Off on Test Cutting with the Chakram – Sikh throwing disk

In Northern India there is a traditional armed martial art known as Shastar Vidiyā or Gatka (Knowledge of the Sword), one of a group of...

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News: “Sword camp – Exercise with a point” (USA)

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in In the News | 0 comments

Dateline: Jackson, Wisconsin, via The Columbian “Think of it as viking aerobics. Sure, there are other ways to get a nice cardio...

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Blade similar to anime Rurouni Kenshin sword found

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in In the News | Comments Off on Blade similar to anime Rurouni Kenshin sword found

In the anime series Rorouni Kenshin ( also known in North America as Samurai X ), the hero carries a sword called a sakabato, an unusual...

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Razor Edged 3:  Comparing metallurgy of special medieval swords

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Razor Edged 3: Comparing metallurgy of special medieval swords

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Featured, Videos, Weapon Analysis, Weapons | Comments Off on Razor Edged 3: Comparing metallurgy of special medieval swords

First, let’s recap the previous articles in this series (Razor Edge One and Two): A blade’s sharpness is in part dictated by ...

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Comparing Medieval images of European and Japanese sword polishers

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Comparing Medieval images of European and Japanese sword polishers

Posted by on Jan 19, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History | Comments Off on Comparing Medieval images of European and Japanese sword polishers

Several recent discussions on various  blogs and web forums examined marginalia images from middle-to-late Medieval and early Renaissance...

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Personal mottos and Ishi: Signposts on the road to development

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Personal mottos and Ishi: Signposts on the road to development

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Culture, Cutting Arts, Featured, Philosophy and Theory | 0 comments

In the Japanese martial arts, an ishi is a motto or saying a student selects to inspire them, to remind them of their goals in training,...

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Weaponsmiths: Vancouver B.C. University seeks mace artist

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in In the News | Comments Off on Weaponsmiths: Vancouver B.C. University seeks mace artist

Washington State University Vancouver is looking to commission an artist to create a mace for commencement ceremonies. Up to $5,000 will...

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