I’m looking for the best & strongest katana !

After the "Pictures of a hamon are probably tricking you" article it's time for another personal opinion... There's this kind of thought & myth that a katana is some kind of super weapon and can cut through the biggest & toughest targets as a knife that goes through hot butter. We all know that when a mythe is present, there are always folks who do try to keep them alive to either get attention, boost their ego and or sell their stuff so i'm the first to admit that sellers do play an

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Katana Related Questions answered by Pierre…

I think that in many ways Nihonto evokes certain emotions in people. There is always an answer why people like them. Some people adore them for the fine pieces of art that they are. Other people have very strong sentiments regarding Nihonto, and have a special meaning why they love it, or what it does to them. My question is really a dubble question: What does it do to you when you help create a blade, and when does your feeling tell you when something is in your eyes a good piece? This is a very

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How important is a Japanese Sword's weight & balance ?

How important is balance and weight in the manufacture of a sword to a contemporary japanese swordsmith ? Obviously a fine sword has a fine feeling in hand. Some swords are made only for their look, and feel terrible in the hand. It's up to each swordsmith to put more or less consideration into the actual practicality of a sword. Of course, there were many fencing styles and schools of sword making over the past 1000 years, and not all swords were fine tools either! As for myself, I'm hoping to make

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How is it to be a Japanese Swordsmith Apprentice ?

What do you do for a living while apprenticing? I have heard of apprentices living with their masters in a sort of barracks-style life. Traditionally, apprentices lived with their master's family, being part of the family. That meant they also participated in daily chores. Newcomers would help the wife cook and clean around. Not much forging for the first year. Nowadays there are many different situation, including the classical one, because japanese swordsmiths are not rich, and cannot always take

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What would you like to ask to Pierre ?

Through a couple of friends, I was able to get in touch with Pierre and was very , very excited about that. To keep things very short, Pierre is a “Western guy” who traveled for the first time to Japan in 2002 and was amazed by the fact that there were still real traditional swordsmiths living and working in Japan. The very idea of working alone, at peace, retired in a workshop set in the countryside, nearby a fire, with steel only for raw material, doing a work that never ceases to bring renewal

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Konron custom project – or how to make a leather ito yourself.

Article was written by Loke Emil Petersen This Konron custom project included a green high quality cotton Japanese kaku-sageo. The fuchi/kashira are standard Konron-stuff. It’s actually quite nice, but needed some bling-bling to it. Abrasive paper took some shiny brass into the floral design. The tsuba has had a treatment with iron chloride, heat treatment and wax coating. The saya is black gloss with horn fittings. Unfortunately I did not take any pics of the tsukamaki process (My hands were

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How to make a Katana ?

Auteur: Kubikiri Asa Home made katana One of my interests is Japanese swords (and related weapons) and as I’m used doing some DIY with iron and wood, I’ve made some katana’s, naginata’s and yari’s, over the last years, and when people saw the results of my DIY actions, I frequently got the question “how do you make that?”, that’s why I’ve written down this little manual on how to make your own katana. As working with tools isn’t without any risk, the following isn’t meant

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Knife Self Defense and Basic Knife Fighting Techniques

Avoid if possible any confrontation with an opponent who has a knife; no matter how good you think you are, you can and will be cut. There are ways to minimize the damage to yourself if you are confronted with a knife welding opponent and you have no weapon. First, try and get some distance between you and the opponent so they have to lunge to get to you, and look for a weapon or blocking tool of any kind to defend yourself. It could be a jacket, belt, seat cushion, chair, table, lamp, stick, dirt,

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Let's do something with all the katana pictures we have here !

[album id=3 template=compact] When looking for some pictures today in our archive, I realized that over de years we collected a few 1000 high resolution pictures of japanese swords and other samurai related stuff such as armors, kabuto&mempo, different sword parts, etc. While strolling through them, I did found some very nice ones that ..hell I even didn’t know they were still here :o So I came up with the idea to make some of them available to the public .. So if you need a nice desktop

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Why a handmade katana isn't always a hand forged one !

Lot of folks out there seems to confuse a hand forged katana with a handmade katana. WWhen only looking at the price of a sword you will pay much more for a handforged piece than a hand made one. If we talk about a hand forged katana, there is a smith involved to make the actual blade. He will start out with small steel bars. Which can be a single bar of monosteel (10xx series are the most common) or a combination of 2-3 different types of steel. In the later case the smith will need to forge

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