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The Honourable Second: Forensic evidence of medieval kaishaku in seppuku

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The Honourable Second: Forensic evidence of medieval kaishaku in seppuku

Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 in Featured, Forensic Analysis, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Within the practice of modern iaido and other Japanese sword arts, there remain katas which echo a solemn duty any samurai could be called...

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Cutting from the ground up

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Cutting from the ground up

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Performing test-cutting starting from a low ground position, such as one-knee-up or a kneeling posture. This is a somewhat usual form of...

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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

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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 3:  Comparing metallurgy of special medieval swords

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Razor Edged 3: Comparing metallurgy of special medieval swords

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Featured, Videos, Weapon Analysis, Weapons | 0 comments

First, let’s recap the previous articles in this series (Razor Edge One and Two): A blade’s sharpness is in part dictated by ...

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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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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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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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