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    I love that Evel Kenievel Ryu, you have to test...

    I love that Evel Kenievel Ryu, you have to test your targeting a few times before you actually cut!
  2. I am thinking the sales papers

    I am thinking the sales papers
  3. HI Tasha, welcome, btw! I would try some dish...

    HI Tasha, welcome, btw!

    I would try some dish soap or something like "simple green" - and less will be more! you can always try cleaning it more, and a small stiff brush would probably help.
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  4. It looks like the blade itself is aluminum,...

    It looks like the blade itself is aluminum, probably an iaito. as far as cleaning goes, you can probably locally wet the areas of samegawa - rayskin - that have soot, and dab them up with cotton pads...
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    No, that's a real hamon, it has just been etched...

    No, that's a real hamon, it has just been etched as part of the polish. Their steel has highly differing carbon content between the layers, as well as a relatively low layer count to get that sort of...
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    the mekugi are probably under the Tokugawa mon (...

    the mekugi are probably under the Tokugawa mon ( the 3 leaf crest symbol ). It is hard to say looking at the blade, which doesn't appear to be of particularly good quality, but the mounts are very...
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    was there no lacquer under the leather? I have...

    was there no lacquer under the leather? I have one that has black lacquer under the leather.

    Don't oil it, whatever you do. Traditionally, the Japanese use urishi, a lacquer that is quit toxic, I...
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    Many years ago, some guys at my dojo set up some...

    Many years ago, some guys at my dojo set up some tests, as they were curious as well. They ended up cutting through suspended deer and pig carcasses, "bulletproof" vests, bamboo... all with no damage...
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    yeah, the diagonal file marks are mainly...

    yeah, the diagonal file marks are mainly decorative, but also would aid in gripping the item.

    thanks,
    Allen
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    I'm not the biggest expert on fittings history,...

    I'm not the biggest expert on fittings history, but they were a fairly common item - varying in quality from pure utility to exquisite craftsmanship.

    looks like a base metal that was gilded or...
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    That's a kozuka, literally "small handle" for a...

    That's a kozuka, literally "small handle" for a kogatana, literally, "small knife"

    Some scabbards for daggers and swords had an inlet near the opening, where one of these small knives was...
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    Hi Mike, Generally, you need to light the...

    Hi Mike,

    Generally, you need to light the blade indirectly and mount a piece of black board that is to be reflected in the blade. THat way, you shouldnt get hot spots from the light, and the...
  13. I think it depends more upon the period, as far...

    I think it depends more upon the period, as far as niku goes, but there is generally no bevel at the edge.
  14. Hi Rich, Proportions really depend on the...

    Hi Rich,

    Proportions really depend on the stlye of tanto you are going for, but a good rule of thumb is somewhere around a quarter of the length. Also, the tang is around 3/4 of the length of the...
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    Hi Betti, welcome to the forum. As far as...

    Hi Betti,

    welcome to the forum. As far as display goes, the main factor to consider is humidty. Museums store blades for all to see, so that is not such a big deal, but you will probably want to...
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    I think you are being a bit too skeptical here....

    I think you are being a bit too skeptical here. Not that folks didnt lie about this stuff in the past, but as was pointed out previously, this was serious business to the Japanese. There was even a...
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    I don't see why the notion of a sword being able...

    I don't see why the notion of a sword being able to cleave through a body is far fetched at all, especially with a good blade and a good swordsman. heck, even a bad swordsman. I would think that with...
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    I was trained under the 3 palms idea, myself, so...

    I was trained under the 3 palms idea, myself, so I have a tsuka that has a 12.5" tsuka, but the blade is 30.5" so it kinda works. But it does feel pretty long to me. I am not going to go over 11.5 in...
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    if you have a 9-10" tsuka, that length is still...

    if you have a 9-10" tsuka, that length is still in proportion. But I agree, I think that many of the modern blades suffer from a western mindset that the nakago needs to run as far as it can. And...
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    those pics are pretty unclear.

    those pics are pretty unclear.
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    That's great, you can get on his list and then...

    That's great, you can get on his list and then drive it over to his place when your turn comes up!
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    it could just need some kind of touch up...

    it could just need some kind of touch up polishing - depending on the quality of the sword, he may be getting an average polisher.
  23. The fuchi is less important in holding the tsuka...

    The fuchi is less important in holding the tsuka together than the ito, although it is indeed important to have a good fit. If you are happy with the blade I would suggest you keep it. It all depends...
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    the mekugiana seems a bit close to the machi, no?...

    the mekugiana seems a bit close to the machi, no?

    As far as the annealing goes. You really shouldnt have had to. Differentially hardened blades are only hardened on the edge. the rest of the...
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    Samurai Cat WAS real!!!

    Samurai Cat WAS real!!!
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