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    Sorry i'm not much of a collector Brian, but I...

    Sorry i'm not much of a collector Brian, but I wanted to say that it's very cool to see your post taking the forum back to its original roots! :)
  2. Wow! That is absolutely outstanding Kevin! I am...

    Wow! That is absolutely outstanding Kevin! I am simply floored!

    Very nice work, very nice!
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    It arrived safely and will make a terrific...

    It arrived safely and will make a terrific birthday present for my eldest son.

    Thanks Lee!
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    Hey Lee, Is there a sheath for it?

    Hey Lee,
    Is there a sheath for it?
  5. Hey Kris, You say it has a mirror polish, does...

    Hey Kris,
    You say it has a mirror polish, does this mean it is through hardened, or they just didn't give it a traditional polish?
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    Hey Mark, If this is a katana size tsuba, I...

    Hey Mark,
    If this is a katana size tsuba, I will take it. Let me know and I can Paypal you funds.
  7. Welcome back Restita! I sympathize with you on...

    Welcome back Restita!
    I sympathize with you on the care-taker front. Did exactly the same thing with my Dad a couple of years back. It takes quite a while to recover.
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    That is eminently drool-worthy! That is really a...

    That is eminently drool-worthy! That is really a lovely sword, and I only own katana! Very nicely done.
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    You would probably do better to private message...

    You would probably do better to private message him and hope he still has the same email address, since according to his profile, his last activity here was May of 2012.
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    Sorry, have no idea about the arrow glue. Leaving...

    Sorry, have no idea about the arrow glue. Leaving it under a heat vent would accomplish the same thing as drying in the oven. Let us know how it works out!
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    Hey Dan, That low of a temperature would have...

    Hey Dan,
    That low of a temperature would have minimal affect on the epoxy. It may soften just a tiny bit, but not nearly enough to flow, and would simply re-harden when it cooled.
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    Hey Dan, The only issues that I could think of...

    Hey Dan,
    The only issues that I could think of would involve the scabbard itself. If the wood wasn't properly cured before being used, the oil finish may have trapped moisture inside the wood and...
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    I'll take the iaito for a second dojo loaner.

    I'll take the iaito for a second dojo loaner.
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    Great information here but, as Timo has said,...

    Great information here but, as Timo has said, technique matters most. A very good example of that happened to me a number of years back. I was assisting a cutting seminar at a HEMA gathering. Targets...
  15. Lock it in a vice and file at 90 degree angle to...

    Lock it in a vice and file at 90 degree angle to dull, then smooth it off. Don't try to do it without the vice as it's very easy to cut yourself doing that. If you're planning on using it for daily...
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    That does look lovely! Seems quite large also....

    That does look lovely! Seems quite large also. How long is it?
  17. Sticky: Terrific post Ed! Hopefully the Admin will...

    Terrific post Ed!
    Hopefully the Admin will turn this into a sticky post so it stays at the top.

    Rich,
    We're all turning into grouchy old men! :)
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    Greetings, It appears to be a Japanese sword...

    Greetings,
    It appears to be a Japanese sword from WWII. Some of them were family swords that could be worth a lot of money, most were factory produced and aren't worth too much. Here's my advice...
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    Very well said Ed, and valuable words for those...

    Very well said Ed, and valuable words for those of us without much experience.

    Thanks very much for taking the time to explain as well as you did. I can't speak for anyone else, but I certainly...
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    While what you say is perfectly true Ed, the OP...

    While what you say is perfectly true Ed, the OP sounded to me like he was simply looking for opinions, which are much easier to give if someone is A) a long time collector familiar with Japanese...
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    Hi Matt, My advice is to contact the Japanese...

    Hi Matt,
    My advice is to contact the Japanese Sword Society of Canada They can put you in touch with someone knowledgeable to look at your swords and let you know more about them, including their...
  22. Bummer, That's a bit too short for just about...

    Bummer, That's a bit too short for just about everyone for our school unless I started getting genuine samurai size students into the dojo.

    Thanks for checking for me though. Good luck with the...
  23. Hey Salvatori, What is the nagasa of the...

    Hey Salvatori,

    What is the nagasa of the iaito? (straight line from tip to start of habaki). If it comes out a nice medium length (28 to 29 inches), I may get it to use as a dojo loaner.
  24. Hey Timothy, What would help a lot would be a...

    Hey Timothy,
    What would help a lot would be a pic of the full blade from both sides, as well as pics of the tip. Also, pics of the full tang (from in front of the habaki back) from both sides. As...
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    Received the Ronin Dojo Pro yesterday. It was as...

    Received the Ronin Dojo Pro yesterday. It was as described, and was shipped promptly via USPS (who has never once lost anything that was sent to me, unlike both UPS and FedEx!).
    I'll give the...
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