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- Sword furniture: What is Menuki Ashi?
Answer: Ashi (?) is a frequent recurring term in sword descriptions and means 'leg' or 'legs'.For instance, a choji hamon is made by creating ashi during ...
- Samurai culture and customs: How do I display my katana or tachi?
Answer: So you've got a sword and you're not sure how best to display it. There are many different styles of stands that are available for ...
- Samurai fighting arts (bujutsu): Introduction to the history of Budo
Answer: Kamakura Period 1185 - 1333In this period, the power falls in hands of the samurai with their shōgun as their lord. With this, a feodal ...
- Practical hints and guidance for sword owners: Is it ok to go the cheap route when it comes to swords?
Answer: Ok, well it's not like me to play down the value of a good bargain, I've lived in a financially 'tight' manner for many years. ...
- Practical hints and guidance for sword owners: What is Fumbari?
Answer: As I understand it, Fumbari is a word used to describe something that dramatically gets wider as it approaches its base. For example it can ...
- Japanese Sword Craftsmanship: How the Japanese sword evolved into todays modern Katana
Answer: The katana has been touted as the finest sword ever made, capable of astounding cutting ability, durability and of course beautiful aesthetics. It would be ...
- Sword furniture: Menuki on top of the tsukamaki - Uki menuki
Answer: Have a look at this lovely menuki that we've used on a very special custom sword, but more about that later :) Today is all ...
- Practical hints and guidance for sword owners: Does the curvature of the katana really convey any performance benefits?
Answer: Ok, so before I get started, this is just a little food for thought and it's only my opinion but I have read a lot ...
- Myths and beliefs: Kogarasu Maru
Answer: Today I'm going to introduce you to a sugata thats both a little bit strange and also, in my eyes, exceedingly historically important when it ...
- Samurai culture and customs: Kata-te-Uchi
Answer: When I wrote on the evolution of the Japanese sword I described the transition between tachi and katana but one thing I didnt mention was ...
- Japanese Sword Craftsmanship: What is Suriage?
Answer: Ok, so today I'm going to talk about at suriage. It's quite an in depth subject as it happens so I'm not going to go ...
- Samurai fighting arts (bujutsu): About signatures / mei
Answer: In Japanese sword terminology; 'mei' is most commonly used to refer to a sword's signature. However, in Japanese craftsmanship it is more than common for ...
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