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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 | Comments Off on 1892 Report by US Consul: Collecting weapons in China

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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New Encyclopedia of Japanese Sword Terms

Posted by on Sep 30, 2014 in Culture, History | Comments Off on New Encyclopedia of Japanese Sword Terms

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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Human Bones Burned to Make “Spirit”-Filled Swords

Posted by on Aug 31, 2014 in Culture, Weapons | Comments Off on Human Bones Burned to Make “Spirit”-Filled Swords

via National Geographic Note:  The video clip in the NG article is no longer functional.  A Youtube version of the same clip follows the...

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Islamic swords from the 14th century on (Islamic swords Part 2)

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Islamic swords from the 14th century on (Islamic swords Part 2)

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History | Comments Off on Islamic swords from the 14th century on (Islamic swords Part 2)

As I mentioned in my previous article, there are few good resources on Islamic swords for the general reader. Today I’m going to...

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A look at early Medieval Islamic swords

Early period sword

A look at early Medieval Islamic swords

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History | Comments Off on A look at early Medieval Islamic swords

Today we’re going to start and exploration of a topic that sees little light;  Medieval Islamic swords.  With the exception of a...

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Collected Japanese sword-related sayings from Markus Sesko

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in Culture | Comments Off on Collected Japanese sword-related sayings from Markus Sesko

Markus Sesko is a well known specialist translator of Japanese texts, author, blogger and nihonto expert. He’s just posted the...

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New history of tameshigiri by Markus Sesko now available!

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Culture, History | Comments Off on New history of tameshigiri by Markus Sesko now available!

Markus Sesko is a well-known specialist author and translator of Japanese texts, with a personal focus on nihonto (Japanese swords) and...

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Japan’s NHK-TV’s “Real Samurai” documentary on Katori Shinto Ryu

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Culture, Video Slider, Videos, Weapons | Comments Off on Japan’s NHK-TV’s “Real Samurai” documentary on Katori Shinto Ryu

A production of Japan’s NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai, or Japan Broadcasting Corporation), this roughly 45 minute documentary —...

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Cutting bodies: Illustrations from period Japanese manuals on tameshigiri and suemonogiri

Illustration via Wikipedia Commons

Cutting bodies: Illustrations from period Japanese manuals on tameshigiri and suemonogiri

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History | Comments Off on Cutting bodies: Illustrations from period Japanese manuals on tameshigiri and suemonogiri

The origins of modern test cutting descend from a much more violent era.  Modern tameshigiri is defined as the testing of the skill of the...

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A comment on Tameshigiri.ca

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Culture, Philosophy and Theory | Comments Off on A comment on Tameshigiri.ca

I’ve been asked why Tameshigiri.ca covers such a wide range of topics, from practical cutting (Eastern and Western) to history,...

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