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A comparison of sword oils for use with antique blades

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Weapons | 3 comments

A member of the Nihonto Message Board has conducted an interesting short-term test of various traditional Japanese and Western modern oils...

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18th century Indian sword was forged using unique technique

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in In the News | 0 comments

via International Business Times A 75-centimetre long Indian sword made in the late eighteenth century and probably used in battle has...

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The blacksmiths of Telangana and tracing the origins of wootz steel

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Featured, History, In the News | 2 comments

The idea for this post started when I came across a fascinating short article from the Hans India newspaper. In Blacksmiths of Telangana:...

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1892 Report by  US Consul: Collecting weapons in China

Historic photo, circa 1900.

1892 Report by US Consul: Collecting weapons in China

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Culture, Featured, History | 0 comments

An interesting look into the crystal ball of arms collecting history is provided by Edward Bedloe, who served as US Consul to...

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A quick look at Tenshinryu iaido, the quick-draw of a very long blade

photo by Goooder

A quick look at Tenshinryu iaido, the quick-draw of a very long blade

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Tenshinryu Hyouho (兵法, school of complete martial tactics, strategy) is listed as one of the koryu (historic and traditional) martial arts...

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We shall return… shortly

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Admin | 0 comments

After a somewhat personally eventful fall, I’ll be getting back onto the sword-blogging horse.  Presently I’m trying out some...

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Japanese Antiquities expert discusses the intricacies of the samurai aesthetic, nihonto and armour

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Events, In the News | 0 comments

Japanese Antiquities expert discusses the intricacies of the samurai aesthetic, nihonto and armour for an online auction of Japanese items...

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New Encyclopedia of Japanese Sword Terms

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Culture, History | 0 comments

For those who might be interested, a new  book from Markus Sesko is now available through Lulu.com in hardcover, softcover and ebook...

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News: Centuries-old sword found in home may solve 1829 murder mystery.

Posted by on Sep 20, 2014 in In the News | 0 comments

via CTV Atlantic News (Video clip available on article page) A Nova Scotia (Canada) couple is trying to determine whether an old sword...

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Putting the curve in a katana via quenching

photo by Mark Vegas

Putting the curve in a katana via quenching

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Featured, History, Video Slider, Videos, Weapon Analysis | 0 comments

When looking at the graceful curve of a katana, many imagine the smith hammering on a  folded steel blank to create the final shape....

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