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Deepening your technique: Cutting paper with wooden swords

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

A traditional training exercise used in both Japanese and Korean sword arts is the cutting of sheets of paper with wooden swords...

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Test Cutting with the Chakram – Sikh throwing disk

photo by Pure Calamity

Test Cutting with the Chakram – Sikh throwing disk

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Culture, Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

In Northern India there is a traditional armed martial art known as Shastar Vidiyā or Gatka (Knowledge of the Sword), one of a group of...

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Razor Edged: How sharp is sharp?

photo by Chris Stickley

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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Philosophy, purpose and meaning in test cutting

photo by Matthew

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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Test cutting with rapier or thrusting blades

photo by Brent Flanders

Test cutting with rapier or thrusting blades

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider | 0 comments

A friend asked me if there was any information on the use of rapiers or other blades designed specifically as thrusting weapons.   With...

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Tameshigiri at the movies

photo by Naoya Fujii

Tameshigiri at the movies

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Reviews, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

There are very few movie productions which feature scenes of tameshigiri. From the film maker’s perspective, perhaps this is...

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Thoughts on cutting patterns

photo by Keith Putnam

Thoughts on cutting patterns

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

When a student first learns cutting in their particular art, they focus solely on making proper single cuts, using appropriate...

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I think every tameshigiri practitioner has felt this way

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

A nice illustration of concentration, focus, technique and execution… along with a little well deserved ebullience at the end....

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