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    I've used dry willow that i've soaked aswell and...

    I've used dry willow that i've soaked aswell and like you've noticed, there doesn't seem to be a great difference in how long you soak it, although willow must soak for at least one day. But it...
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    damn, that's one ugly blade!! :eek:

    damn, that's one ugly blade!! :eek:
  3. And it's nylon or polypropylene or something like...

    And it's nylon or polypropylene or something like that, so it gets extremely slippery when your palms starts to sweat...
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    it looks quite nice. I really like the design....

    it looks quite nice. I really like the design. Can you post close-ups?
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    that staff was ridiculous aswell :(

    that staff was ridiculous aswell :(
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    Very nice! :)

    Very nice! :)
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    I'm not even going to get started :-\ another sad...

    I'm not even going to get started :-\ another sad display of ignorance and blatant disregard for history and reality when it comes to chinese combat systems.
  8. still using that horrible cord for the handles :-S

    still using that horrible cord for the handles :-S
  9. On the thin one i can as i've softened the edges...

    On the thin one i can as i've softened the edges on the collar and used countersunk screws.
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    My main guesses would be both reduced weight and...

    My main guesses would be both reduced weight and reduced friction area.
  11. Now making a sarissa, that's a crazy project :D

    Now making a sarissa, that's a crazy project :D
  12. Yes, definitely get in touch with Peter at...

    Yes, definitely get in touch with Peter at mandarinmansion :)

    http://www.ew-knifeandsword.com/catalog2.html might also be an option, however it is folded throughout the entire blade and is...
  13. FYI, none of the shafts have been even remotely...

    FYI, none of the shafts have been even remotely damaged yet. The joints are very sturdy and the wrapping on the wood seems to cushion the beatings they take quite well :)
  14. Always a pleasure to see pictures of that sword :p

    Always a pleasure to see pictures of that sword :p
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    Saplings and straw bundled together with those...

    Saplings and straw bundled together with those electrician strip thingies. Be carefull with other non-wooden plants as many contain lots of acidic fluids that can corrode or color your sword.
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    Yeah, the thick 1.5 l Coca Cola bottles can be...

    Yeah, the thick 1.5 l Coca Cola bottles can be quite hard to cut through when you only allow yourself the small movement range that will not leave you open. Great and cheap targets, but they do mess...
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    1) Yeah, we're on the same page there, except...

    1) Yeah, we're on the same page there, except that you must remember that when he's resisting your pushes, that's not the same as generating force to gain momentum which is what i'm talking about.
    ...
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    Hmmm, sounds great but i have a question: My...

    Hmmm, sounds great but i have a question:

    My father in law is a knife smith and he claims that serrations are for cutting paper and wood, while for cutting meat (and to some degree bone) it should...
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    This is where we differ. While some of the...

    This is where we differ.
    While some of the movements should be internal, total body force should still be applied. If all movement was internal, he would not move at all.
    Also, whatever internal...
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    Yes, his movement is very smooth indeed, but...

    Yes, his movement is very smooth indeed, but there are some of the movement where he is definitely using only his arms. The age can definitely be a factor in that regard, i'm not insensitive to that....
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    It's probably not nice to speak of someones...

    It's probably not nice to speak of someones great-grandmaster like this but i think that form is poorly executed. He's practically not using his body but only his arms for the movements.
  22. I'll be in Spandau, btw.

    I'll be in Spandau, btw.
  23. Tai Chi Chuan / Chinese Swordmanship in Berlin?

    I'll be in Berlin for a while, can anyone recommend a place to go, people to see?
    Preferably a place with a punching bag :p
  24. Though, in some countrys (like mine) carrying a...

    Though, in some countrys (like mine) carrying a gun is prohibited by law, aswell as carrying knifes longer than 4 cm, and then there is also the concern of whether you wish to defend yourself with...
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    Yes, we do that aswell, but not without looking...

    Yes, we do that aswell, but not without looking out through the corner of the eye to see if someone is actually there. When i was talking about "swinging blindly" i meant people who did these...
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