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Razor Edged 2:  Steel hardness, structures and sharpness

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Razor Edged 2: Steel hardness, structures and sharpness

Posted by on Jan 11, 2014 in Featured, Weapon Analysis, Weapons | 0 comments

Another important determiner of blade sharpness is the quality of steel the blade is made of, as well as the hardness of the edge steel. ...

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Podcast: Philosophies of the Eastern and Western martial arts

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Culture, Philosophy and Theory | 0 comments

An intriguing  podcast discussion between an Eastern martial arts expert and author and a practitioner of Western martial arts, on the...

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Lectures on the Samurai: In War and Culture

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Culture, History, Videos | 0 comments

With thanks to the folk at Medievalist.net, here are three lectures on the dichotomy between warfare and esthetic culture in the life of...

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Events Calendar now filterable by keyword

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Admin | 0 comments

You can now filter Events on our Calendar.  Just above the calendar grid you’ll see several tabs, including:  Month, Category and...

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Razor Edged: How sharp is sharp?

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Razor Edged: How sharp is sharp?

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Featured, Video Slider, Videos, Weapon Analysis, Weapons | 0 comments

All practitioners of the art of test cutting want a blade with a keen edge;  let’s face it, a dull blade isn’t going to cut...

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Upcoming: The Japanese Sword – Evangelion Special

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Culture, Reviews, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

For those with an interest in either (or both) swordsmithing or  manga, the YouTube channel for The Japanese Sword, the video blog of...

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Audible sharpness:  swords and sounds

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Audible sharpness: swords and sounds

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Culture, Featured, Video Slider, Weapon Analysis, Weapons | 0 comments

In cutting with live blades, practitioners quickly learn that real blades rarely make the sounds Hollywood so often attributes to them. ...

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Additional links posted to our Social Media sites

Posted by on Dec 29, 2013 in Admin | 0 comments

While performing research for articles as well as identifying links for our Training and Services Database and Virtual Resources areas,...

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Forensics of Kamakura battle remains 1333

Posted by on Dec 29, 2013 in Featured, Forensic Analysis, Videos | 0 comments

In the Genkō War  (1331–1333), the forces of the Emperor Go-Daigo fought the Hōjō clan for control of the country.  The Hōjō were...

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Philosophy, purpose and meaning in test cutting

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Philosophy, purpose and meaning in test cutting

Posted by on Dec 27, 2013 in Culture, Cutting Arts, Featured, Philosophy and Theory, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Why do tameshigiri / test cutting?  I’ve heard many reasons given: “For fun” “It’s a challenge”...

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