Christmas Sale & Change of direction in 2014

It's the end of the year, we're all very busy so won't take much of your time . Two things i want to talk about real quick: Christmas Sales on ZhuiFeng Swords Changing course in 2014   1. Christmas sales Believe it's the first time I'm doing this but you can get some pretty nice deals on the ZhuiFeng swords so if you had your eye one them for some time,this might be your moment of truth :) By the way , if you happen to live in the US, you can still get them cheaper at feilongswords

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Pictures of a hamon are probably tricking you

The internet is a great source to find your info and or to shop but it can also be very misleading. Problem #1 is your screen & color settings/ability . But after all, a dark brown ito on a picture won't look blue when you got it in your hands. Unless they have send you the wrong one :) The second problem is pictures & lightning and that can be a real tricky and misleading thing especially when it concerns the hamon of a sword. You can make stunning (detailed) pics and make your customer

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Samurai & Ninja Lego creations

Today i came across a tweet that lead me to some nice samurai stuff from Lego. Thought it was nice to list some of that here :) And i wondered if there was more of this funky stuff out there... Samurai Army       Bad Ass Samurai Warriros     Or more into the 'Ninja thing' ? Buildings & scenery They're alive...   If you happen to know some other nice (samurai)  lego things that are

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Ukiyo-e Heroes : gaming characters & woodblock printing united

Ukiyo-e Heroes and woodblockprints, not something i was very familiar with untill a few days ago. Thanks to the famous work of Utagawa Kuniyoshi, who drawed a lot of warrior portraits & battle scenes, i knew a bit about Ukiyo-e but didn't really got the idea/concept behind that. And woodblockprints.. well the word speaks for itself but i had no clue about the process behind it. Once you start to digg into that it's quit amazing what kind of artwork could be made back in those days. But

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Why running a Japanese sword shop isn't always as cool as you might think…

When i tell people what my job is most of them do think it's awesome..especially sword fanatics :) But as with all things in life, nothing goes exactly the way you planned it. And since i couldn't find any satisfaction by just (re)selling the big brands  and always like to 'dot it my way', working directly with Chinese forges was the only way left. Although it's most easy way and can be a real pain from time to time... Today i want to share the 'Konron Story' with you to show you that this job

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Evangelion & Japanese Sword Exhibit : where Past meets Future

Anime have their roots in Japan and are still very popular among the (mostly) younger people in and outside Japan. One of the most popular anime series in Japan is 'Neon Genesis Evangelion' and with the release of the upcoming movie 'Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo' (November 2012) there's already a lot of promotion going on. Since a lot of swords (alike)and other weapons  are being used by these characters, the Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum saw's it chance to bring together history &

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Forgive – Don't forget , The return of a Japanese Sword to Japan

Last week Ford posted a link to an interesting project on kickstarter. A couple of guys were looking to fund their documentary where they want to return the  sword of a Japanese Officer (that ended up in the USA as many of them)  to his family in Japan. Since i really liked the idea, i contacted Brad to see if he was interested in an interview in order to catch some extra attention. A couple of mails later the case was closed and the interview ready to publish.. By the way, i liked the idea and

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Made in Japan iaito = Superior?

A lot of folks want to buy their iaito in Japan mainly because : someone told them to go there who can build a katana / iaito better than the Japanese ? the big players on the iaito market (in Japan) let you choose your ideal length of blade/tsuka or you can build one from scratch made in Japan = good quality stuff :) I the last, let's say 6 years, i met a lot of practitioners and i've noticed  that a lot of them (do i dare to say most ?)  are really 'uneducated' when it comes to the

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Myths and cursing…..

First a little side note. I'm not posting this to bash on the other person (although my water was boiling a bit when he started to use |@# words ..),  but rather to show how myths and 'flat' knowledge  about the Japanese swords are still a live and kicking today. The whole e-mail conversation started with the question if i could ship the Tsunami katana to his country... just you have the context.. and for both of us, English isn't our native language :) This is what followed : Me : Thanks for

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Sweating with Samurai Swords Never Felt so Good!

Imagine it, ancient Japan. Your robes roll with the wind. The air strokes your face with its gentle fingers. You look around you as the sky turns gray. You knit your brows and spread your legs. You firmly stand as you unsheathe your sword. Feel that hilt; grip it good as your fingers curl around its soft exterior. Deeply breathe in and wrap both hands around the hilt. Raise your arms and get ready. Slash the air with your sword, sense that adrenaline, that energy. Sweat rolls down as you swing,

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