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Putting the curve in a katana via quenching

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Putting the curve in a katana via quenching

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Featured, History, Video Slider, Videos, Weapon Analysis | Comments Off on Putting the curve in a katana via quenching

When looking at the graceful curve of a katana, many imagine the smith hammering on a  folded steel blank to create the final shape....

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Evaluating and appreciating nihonto: Antique Japanese blades

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Evaluating and appreciating nihonto: Antique Japanese blades

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Culture, Featured, Weapons | Comments Off on Evaluating and appreciating nihonto: Antique Japanese blades

In an earlier article ( Collecting, authenticating and appraising antique weapons ) we looked at the basic process for identifying antique...

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Japanese swordwork: drawing and returning the blade

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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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Forensics:  Weapon-related trauma on Seiyokan cranial remains, Kamakura

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Forensics: Weapon-related trauma on Seiyokan cranial remains, Kamakura

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Featured, Forensic Analysis | Comments Off on Forensics: Weapon-related trauma on Seiyokan cranial remains, Kamakura

Based on a paper by Drs. Tomohito Nagaoka, Kazuhiro Uzawa, Kazuaki Hirata, Evidence for weapon-related traumas in medieval...

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