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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 | Comments Off on A comparison of sword oils for use with antique blades

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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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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Traditional Chinese hilt grip-wrapping – practical hilt rewrapping

photo from Chinese Military Museum, Bejing

Traditional Chinese hilt grip-wrapping – practical hilt rewrapping

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured | Comments Off on Traditional Chinese hilt grip-wrapping – practical hilt rewrapping

In the modern art of practical cutting, one certainty is that — eventually — your hilt wrapping will wear out and need to be...

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Some thoughts on spears and cutting: the universal weapon

photo by Kevin Harber

Some thoughts on spears and cutting: the universal weapon

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | Comments Off on Some thoughts on spears and cutting: the universal weapon

Spears are the universal weapon, and one of the earliest tools mankind invented.   From a whittled, fire-hardened tree branch to...

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Why a sword feels right

photo by Brent Flanders

Why a sword feels right

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Philosophy and Theory | Comments Off on Why a sword feels right

Many readers will have had the experience of shopping for modern, practical cutting swords, both replicas of ancient swords and modern...

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On engaging multiple opponents

photo credit Dave Bledsoe

On engaging multiple opponents

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Philosophy and Theory, Video Slider, Videos | Comments Off on On engaging multiple opponents

This post was sparked by an article which appeared on the blog io9.com, Something Weird Happens When Three Master Fencers Battle Fifty...

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On realism and wound effects in test cutting

photo by Rick Gordon

On realism and wound effects in test cutting

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Philosophy and Theory, Video Slider, Videos | Comments Off on On realism and wound effects in test cutting

Generally speaking, when tameshigiri practitioners — Eastern or Western — perform test cutting, their objective is to cleanly...

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Japanese swordwork: drawing and returning the blade

phtoto credit Ametxa

Japanese swordwork: drawing and returning the blade

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured | 0 comments

With the upsurge in backyard cutting, not everyone who owns a katana “shinken” (live blade) has martial arts experience.  For...

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Hidden dangers: inspecting swords for flaws in practical cutting

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Hidden dangers: inspecting swords for flaws in practical cutting

Posted by on Mar 23, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | Comments Off on Hidden dangers: inspecting swords for flaws in practical cutting

Most cutting groups have a standard safety inspection of blades prior to the actual start of cutting. Swords are inspected by the owner or...

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Bringing a cutting edge back to life

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | Comments Off on Bringing a cutting edge back to life

Many people have been asking for information on polishing, sharpening (or otherwise re-edging) a sword used in modern test-cutting...

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