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    Hey, Glen. My understanding is that the fire...

    Hey, Glen.

    My understanding is that the fire was devastating. They also lost a lot of custom tooling they'd built for a number of swords so a lot had to be rebuilt/recreated. It was only in the...
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    Raptors being discontinued

    FWIW was talking with Bugei this morning about some sword stuff and they told me apparently CAS Hanwei is discontinuing the Raptor Series of Katana. They were told that there were still some on the...
  3. My experience is that the feeling of a well...

    My experience is that the feeling of a well balanced and nicely handling blade is a whole lot more complex than just length. I've remounted production swords with new tsuka and it can completely...
  4. I was just curious because I've spent the day...

    I was just curious because I've spent the day carefully carving a tsuka and making seppa for a very nice sword with antique fittings. And I'm not altering the seppa for the rather pronounced hitsu...
  5. Out of curiosity, why would you do that when...

    Out of curiosity, why would you do that when there is no kogai, etc. mounted on the saya itself?
  6. Big Sword Show (Japanese) in San Francisco

    Just a reminder as I sit here in a Starbuck's on the drive up to San Francisco. The Token Kai is today, tomorrow and Sunday (Aug 5-7, 2011) at the Airport Marriott. Google san francisco token kai for...
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    SF Token Kai

    Just a reminder as I sit here in a Starbuck's on the drive up to San Francisco. The Token Kai is today, tomorrow and Sunday (Aug 5-7, 2011) at the Airport Marriott. Google san francisco token kai for...
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    No problem, had fun rambling on. Reread my post...

    No problem, had fun rambling on. Reread my post and I'm not even sure what my point was... ;)

    I should post some pics I've got here somewhere of the peace sword tsuba and blade. I liked that...
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    Hey, Scott, good reply. First off, full...

    Hey, Scott, good reply.

    First off, full disclosure -- I designed the Peace Sword for Bugei and I do their QC.

    One thing that I find very frustrating doing what I do is that everyone wants an...
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    Been away from SFI for a while and dealing with...

    Been away from SFI for a while and dealing with flaky computer. Super busy.

    First of all, yeah, repolishing that would be a major deal. And what you'd end up with would be a shadow of its former...
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    That is a lovely piece. Often on forums people...

    That is a lovely piece. Often on forums people focus on individual things. That it has a hamon. That is has this material as a wrap. What they tend to miss is that what is important in these things...
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    That is a lovely piece. Often on forums people...

    That is a lovely piece. Often on forums people focus on individual things. That it has a hamon. That is has this material as a wrap. What they tend to miss is that what is important in these things...
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    I don't normally pop into these threads, but......

    I don't normally pop into these threads, but... Thank you for your service.

    Since I designed the Peace and Shishi for Bugei, maybe I can help a bit. If your goal is ultimately training, the best...
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    Okay, I got unlazy and put in my shipping info....

    Okay, I got unlazy and put in my shipping info. From Texas to me (southern california) the only shipping option is ground. So one gallon of this stuff would cost me about $29. Or if I just bought the...
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    Don't know anything about this particular vendor,...

    Don't know anything about this particular vendor, but I found this recently browsing about...

    http://www.steoil.com/catalog.asp?productgroup=70t

    Light mineral oil. 1 gallon. Viscosity listed at...
  16. Horn is not a good idea. Great as a decoration....

    Horn is not a good idea. Great as a decoration. But horn can dry out, crack and is often a bit fragile. One of the reasons for me using black delrin/acetal/micarta is that you can polish the faces...
  17. I'll add that this question often reminds me of...

    I'll add that this question often reminds me of the great debates on sword oils. People look to all sorts of fancy gun oils, fancy this or that. Light mineral oil is more than good enough 99.9% of...
  18. Hey, guys, took a long weekend with the family....

    Hey, guys, took a long weekend with the family. Hadn't had one of those in a very long time. Just now getting to 4 days of e-mails... Wow, the world just keeps on going even when I go away... Funny...
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    Sorry, Chris, not going. Say howdy to Ted, tho....

    Sorry, Chris, not going. Say howdy to Ted, tho. I've been swamped with a backlog on top of the entire family being sick for the last month or two. Simply not in the cards this year. We just now have...
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    Ha, I'd love to take credit for a blue hue, but...

    Ha, I'd love to take credit for a blue hue, but it is black. It was just a quirk of the light in my dining room.

    Thanks for the compliments. It was a fun project. Gotta get it cleaned up and...
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    Oh, on the Mongol thing. Lots of big blades were...

    Oh, on the Mongol thing. Lots of big blades were made to deal with the perception of the times. That was the style. And a lot of those polearms were converted at that time. But if you read something...
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    Well, I sure as heck don't have all the answers....

    Well, I sure as heck don't have all the answers. But I will say you simply don't see very many shobu zukuri blades in katana lengths. You will, however, see them occasionally, although I don't have...
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    Quick Photo

    Since I took a photo for the customer, a quite shot of two L6 blades, one katana, the other wakizashi. Fittings were all hand forged from iron by Howard Clark and are a bit unusual. Kinda cool. You...
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    Ah, I remember those. Cool, looks great, Stephen!...

    Ah, I remember those. Cool, looks great, Stephen!

    Most don't realize how much of a pain in the butt it is to do swords with those larger nakago specs. He worked well with the size. Nice. And I...
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    By the way, Ted Tenold has two shobu katana by...

    By the way, Ted Tenold has two shobu katana by Rick Barrett up on his site for sale. One bare in polish, the other in polish in shirasaya (both polished by someone else -- I don't know who). He's got...
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