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    If it's possible, take a picture of the kissaki...

    If it's possible, take a picture of the kissaki area.
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    A "Pelayo" job cost can be found by sending an...

    A "Pelayo" job cost can be found by sending an e-mail through the link in my signature. I'm not a business entity, I choose to work under Legacy simply because I believe in Ted's standard and am...
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    Re: Fakes with real gunto koshirae?

    I wouldn't be quite so ready to claim something "fake" especially when the auction is yet to be over and the quality of the pictures of the blade leave much to be desired for kantei purposes.
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  4. The best way to join a dojo is to know nothing to...

    The best way to join a dojo is to know nothing to begin with. I suggest for your friend to hold off on buying an iaito until he joins a dojo. Iaito lengths are school-specific and he runs the risk...
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    ...which are not applicable to the Paul Chen...

    ...which are not applicable to the Paul Chen blades. More often than not, the work will be turned away because the money could be better spent elsewhere. The cost of a polish of a Chen blade would...
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    The fact that Guido knew who the craftsman was...

    The fact that Guido knew who the craftsman was should give you a clue as to whose threads you should be searching for in *this* forum. :) "Kantei" are not made by blind guesses, they are made by...
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    Now that's an interesting way to do the cross...

    Now that's an interesting way to do the cross over on a shallow kashira. I have a fuchi/kashira set that I was thinking of doing a similar method to. However, I was just going to go straight up and...
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    Shape as in the lines and geometry of the blade....

    Shape as in the lines and geometry of the blade. Intent and execution as in the *usual* (sometimes them Japanese smiths get a little crazy) ordered pattern in the hada and interaction of the hamon...
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    Easy...the shape, shape, and...well, shape being...

    Easy...the shape, shape, and...well, shape being the first three that are most obvious ;). Then the next would be lack of control and intent in execution.
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    If you look on Howard's site Morgan Valley Forge...

    If you look on Howard's site Morgan Valley Forge, he has since made changes in his relationship with Bugei. Under a mutual agreement, Bugei will not take any more custom orders on his swords. You...
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    Through personal experiences....definite "yes".

    Through personal experiences....definite "yes".
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    Oh wow. You're right, the egret was covered by...

    Oh wow. You're right, the egret was covered by handle. Funny how I didn't notice that the egret tsuba had the dragonfly in the first place. Sorry about that. Boy do I feel sheepish...
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    Gosh, wasn't that long ago when I was a college...

    Gosh, wasn't that long ago when I was a college student too.

    I've got a 6-year old base model iaito that I still continue to train with. The cotton ito has been worn down by my sweat to a very...
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    Take a look again...are you sure that tsuba shows...

    Take a look again...are you sure that tsuba shows an Egret?? :)
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    Well let's not confuse things here. The higher...

    Well let's not confuse things here.

    The higher end forge-folded swedish powdered steel offerings of CAS Iberia (Bushido, Orchid, Nami, Tiger) *used* to be offered by Bugei as well. They weren't...
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    Jason, I think your post was moved to the...

    Jason,

    I think your post was moved to the wrong forum. See if you can get a moderator to move this to the Nihonto forum. I'm sure others with more contacts than I would be able to help you to...
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    Noxon is ammonia based. Meaning, no abrasives,...

    Noxon is ammonia based. Meaning, no abrasives, no scuffing. It simply does a great job of neutralizing rusting agents and removing light to medium rust spots.

    The only thing I would caution in...
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    Tiger katana: ikubi kissaki bo-hi Wave...

    Tiger katana:
    ikubi kissaki
    bo-hi

    Wave katana:
    chu-kissaki
    bo-hi
    wider mihaba

    Different blade *shapes* made by the same factory.
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    That picture is a drastically exaggerated version to illustrate the differences. The longer the handle, the more subtle the taper.
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    Oyabun, Save me some of the pills!

    Oyabun,

    Save me some of the pills!
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    It's done by both craftsmen. The smith creates...

    It's done by both craftsmen. The smith creates it. The polisher refines it (e.g. installing it if it should be there but doesn't exist). Kissaki shapes are *very* difficult to do well and last I...
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    You stand over a cutting stand and drop the...

    You stand over a cutting stand and drop the target onto the spiked dowel? Less windup to slam it on, less chance for error and totally missing the spike (very embarassing and could also hurt...
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    That's a good idea...remind me to get you to sign...

    That's a good idea...remind me to get you to sign mine when I get it:D
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    To add on to that. The shitodome inside the...

    To add on to that. The shitodome inside the kurigata will probably have some superglue chunks in it that might continue the fraying. That in mind, if you aren't too particular about how the inside...
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    I've got the green one. They're very nice. As...

    I've got the green one. They're very nice. As for fraying sageo. Rip out the shitodome out of the kurigata and that should stop the fraying.
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