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  1. It's from the Toyama School, circa 1944. Good...

    It's from the Toyama School, circa 1944. Good find!
  2. Thread: Lords of war

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    I have one question: Why do they feel they need...

    I have one question: Why do they feel they need to fire the antiques before they can sell them?
  3. Especially when the article claims that one way...

    Especially when the article claims that one way is the "only way" to historically grip a longsword, followed by a historical illustration of the "other way".
  4. It looks like the mei has been filled in with...

    It looks like the mei has been filled in with paint or something; is this unusual?
    The tsuba looks brighter than I would expect. Is it plated?
  5. Here's an interesting comparison:...

    Here's an interesting comparison:
    http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/12/14/2634722/mma-origins-getting-medieval-jiu-jitsu-jujitsu-catch-wrestling
    Surely there are more such sites.
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    Outstanding! Kudos! Best: "Moreover, it is...

    Outstanding! Kudos!

    Best: "Moreover, it is absolutely necessary that the plane of the sabre exactly coincides with the direction of the stroke."
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    I surreptitiously wiggle my toes when I am in...

    I surreptitiously wiggle my toes when I am in seiza for an extended period.
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    (Apologies for the de-rail!) I guess I am naive...

    (Apologies for the de-rail!)
    I guess I am naive or underinformed. It's been a while, but the gunto that I have seen on the antique market were so cheap I can't see it profitable to fake them....
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    Do people make replica guntō? That doesn't make...

    Do people make replica guntō? That doesn't make much sense to me.
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    There have been quite a few "Craigslist...

    There have been quite a few "Craigslist robberies" on record. It's googlable.
  11. Angelo, the use of double-weight swords has some...

    Angelo, the use of double-weight swords has some heritage with western swordsmanship, going back to the Roman legions and gladiators.

    I'd say that training without instruction is a surer path to...
  12. Or actual fighting, I'd imagine...

    Or actual fighting, I'd imagine...
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    "Cash only...local pickup." (Smells trap.)

    "Cash only...local pickup." (Smells trap.)
  14. Pics? Links?

    Pics?
    Links?
  15. Thanks! Looking forward to seeing the show.

    Thanks! Looking forward to seeing the show.
  16. Richard, may I ask if the sword that you...

    Richard, may I ask if the sword that you replicated is presented as extraordinary or typical?

    Thanks!
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    Yes, I afraid that the answers that you get here...

    Yes, I afraid that the answers that you get here will run along the lines of: "find a decent dojo and do what your sensei tells you what to do."

    Other than that, buy what ever shiny sharp object...
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    You're not close to this dojo?...

    You're not close to this dojo?
    http://www.nebraskaschoolofmartialarts.com

    I have no trouble finding one-gallon milk jugs; try asking someone who has kids. Local coffee shops go through those...
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    Isn't that a flyssa?

    Isn't that a flyssa?
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    It opens up a whole new world, doesn't it?

    It opens up a whole new world, doesn't it?
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    AFAIK, wall-hangers were also made in the...

    AFAIK, wall-hangers were also made in the Victorian period. I've seen a fair number at auctions.
    The blade looks fairly thick. I'm voting for wall-hanger. :)
  22. Why would you need that much gold for the plating?

    Why would you need that much gold for the plating?
  23. Thread: Kukri trick?

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    This is a sacred ritual, is it not?

    This is a sacred ritual, is it not?
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    First off, cortisone masks the feelings of pain....

    First off, cortisone masks the feelings of pain. So you may be damaging your joint more if you can't feel it.
    Secondly, if your physician is injecting into hard tissue (tendon, ligament) rather than...
  25. Maybe you should start by sharing what you think...

    Maybe you should start by sharing what you think an ancient Persian arrowhead would look like.
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