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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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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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Metallurgical analysis of Japanese gunto by US War Department, 1946

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Metallurgical analysis of Japanese gunto by US War Department, 1946

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Featured, Weapon Analysis, Weapons | 0 comments

Declassified in 1997, this report The Metallurgical Analysis of a Japanese Samurai Sword (a digital copy of a mimeographed copy of the...

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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 | Comments Off on Razor Edged 3: Comparing metallurgy of special medieval swords

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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