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Test-cutting with Eastern and Western polearms

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Test-cutting with Eastern and Western polearms

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Videos | 0 comments

Conducting tameshigiri with long polearms is another interesting exercise, and is practiced by many in the Eastern and Western martial...

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Perth Japan Festival bursts out

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in In the News | 0 comments

Dateline:  Perth, Australia Perth city will get a vibrant Japanese hub tomorrow with its first Perth Japan Festival. Festival president...

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Let Fly!  A debate on the effectiveness of the English longbow

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Let Fly! A debate on the effectiveness of the English longbow

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Featured, Video Slider, Videos, Weapons | 0 comments

Over the last ten years, there has been a great debate in historian circles as to whether the English longbow was as effective a weapon of...

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Aratameshi: Testing blades to destruction

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Aratameshi: Testing blades to destruction

Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 in Featured, History, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

In proving the ability or superiority of their blades, smiths and swords owners of the late Tokugawa era (known as the Bakumatsu Period)...

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Metallugical comparison of three blades: Solingen and Toledo

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Featured, Weapon Analysis | 0 comments

In this piece we’ll be looking at metallurgical analysis of three blades from two of the most famous centres for sword production in...

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Test-cutting clay: the Cossack experience

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Test-cutting clay: the Cossack experience

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Among the target mediums which are listed for used in test-cutting is, oddly enough, clay.  Various researchers have delved into European...

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Medieval alchemy and weapon making

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Medieval alchemy and weapon making

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in Featured, History | 0 comments

Since many consider medieval alchemy to be the forerunner of modern chemistry and metallurgy, it shouldn’t be surprising that...

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The Honourable Second: Forensic evidence of medieval kaishaku in seppuku

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The Honourable Second: Forensic evidence of medieval kaishaku in seppuku

Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 in Featured, Forensic Analysis, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Within the practice of modern iaido and other Japanese sword arts, there remain katas which echo a solemn duty any samurai could be called...

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East meets West: test-cutting resources for all

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East meets West: test-cutting resources for all

Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

I’ve had a number of people ask me for suggestions for books or other resources on “how to do” tameshigiri /...

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Metallurgical analysis of 9th century Moravian sword

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Metallurgical analysis of 9th century Moravian sword

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Featured, Weapon Analysis | 0 comments

After finishing the Razor Edged series (Parts One, Two and Three), I’ve had a number of requests to post more analysis of European...

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