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AnimeSpirit 04-12-2007 03:00 PM

My Swords
 
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Since some of us have seen Brain's swords in his photo gallery, I feel compelled to show off mine. :D

This is a hilt shot of my katana. It is the only sword I have that is sharpened to a razor-edge, capable of slicing through a person if needed. Though this sword has never seen that kind of action, I have used it in cutting demonstrations and simple exercises.
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This is my heaviest blade, the 40lb bastard sword (yes, that is actually what it's called). Notice how the sword is pressing itself deeper into the sheet, a testment to its monstrous weight. It is 4 feet long from the end of the hilt to the tip of the blade. It isn't very sharp with exception of the tip, but considering its weight, it doesn't have to be. This sword is designed to swing with both hands, but I can wield it single-handed.
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Here's a somewhat further shot of both swords. You can see part of the katana scabbard too.
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Here's an even further shot to give you an idea of how long these swords are.
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I also have a set of double kodachis with a blue wrap. These are very low-quality as the blades are somewhat loose. I also have a home-made forged blade with a generic Chinese design. Last year, I sold a heavy Black Merlin sword that was covered in spikes. I'm hoping to buy a really nice high-carbon folded blade within the next few months.

Isaac-Saxxon 04-12-2007 03:15 PM

So its that large sword that gets all the attention
 
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Originally Posted by AnimeSpirit
Since some of us have seen Brain's swords in his photo gallery, I feel compelled to show off mine. :D

This is a hilt shot of my katana. It is the only sword I have that is sharpened to a razor-edge, capable of slicing through a person if needed. Though this sword has never seen that kind of action, I have used it in cutting demonstrations and simple exercises.
Attachment 284

This is my heaviest blade, the 40lb bastard sword (yes, that is actually what it's called). Notice how the sword is pressing itself deeper into the sheet, a testment to its monstrous weight. It is 4 feet long from the end of the hilt to the tip of the blade. It isn't very sharp with exception of the tip, but considering its weight, it doesn't have to be. This sword is designed to swing with both hands, but I can wield it single-handed.
Attachment 285

Here's a somewhat further shot of both swords. You can see part of the katana scabbard too.
Attachment 286

Here's an even further shot to give you an idea of how long these swords are.
Attachment 287

I also have a set of double kodachis with a blue wrap. These are very low-quality as the blades are somewhat loose. I also have a home-made forged blade with a generic Chinese design. Last year, I sold a heavy Black Merlin sword that was covered in spikes. I'm hoping to buy a really nice high-carbon folded blade within the next few months.

So its that large sword that gets all the attention
So Anime you have all the ladies posting to you for a reason :o Well that is just not fair :nono: So you really have a forty pound sword ? Wow ! JK very nice cutlery you have Sir.
Isaac

Pocahontas 04-12-2007 04:07 PM

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Originally Posted by AnimeSpirit
Since some of us have seen Brain's swords in his photo gallery, I feel compelled to show off mine. :D

This is a hilt shot of my katana. It is the only sword I have that is sharpened to a razor-edge, capable of slicing through a person if needed. Though this sword has never seen that kind of action, I have used it in cutting demonstrations and simple exercises.
Attachment 284

This is my heaviest blade, the 40lb bastard sword (yes, that is actually what it's called). Notice how the sword is pressing itself deeper into the sheet, a testment to its monstrous weight. It is 4 feet long from the end of the hilt to the tip of the blade. It isn't very sharp with exception of the tip, but considering its weight, it doesn't have to be. This sword is designed to swing with both hands, but I can wield it single-handed.
Attachment 285

Here's a somewhat further shot of both swords. You can see part of the katana scabbard too.
Attachment 286

Here's an even further shot to give you an idea of how long these swords are.
Attachment 287

I also have a set of double kodachis with a blue wrap. These are very low-quality as the blades are somewhat loose. I also have a home-made forged blade with a generic Chinese design. Last year, I sold a heavy Black Merlin sword that was covered in spikes. I'm hoping to buy a really nice high-carbon folded blade within the next few months.

MY MY Anime what a nice BIG sword you have!!!:D ;)

Texasbelle 04-12-2007 04:50 PM

Oh my my what a sword you have Anime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:p

refugen3 04-12-2007 06:16 PM

So...........since your sword is 40 pounds, is it hard to hold up?
Do you practice with it quite often, or is it just to put on display?:D

AnimeSpirit 04-12-2007 06:30 PM

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Originally Posted by refugen3
So...........since your sword is 40 pounds, is it hard to hold up?
Do you practice with it quite often, or is it just to put on display?:D

I do practice with and it can get very hard to hold up unless you're accustomed to working with it. I do, however, keep it in very good condition. The big sword is never used for cutting anything.

Isaac-Saxxon 04-12-2007 08:27 PM

Anime I do not think you are getting the whole picture
 
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Originally Posted by AnimeSpirit
I do practice with and it can get very hard to hold up unless you're accustomed to working with it. I do, however, keep it in very good condition. The big sword is never used for cutting anything.

I think these girls think you are packing :banana: :banana: not to take away from your cultlery but you da man grasshopper your Japanese name would be Onehung LO :jawdrop:
Isaac

AnimeSpirit 04-12-2007 08:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Isaac-Saxxon
:shocked:
I think these girls think you are packing :banana: :banana: not to take away from your cultlery but you da man grasshopper your Japanese name would be Onehung LO :jawdrop:
Isaac

I made the connection, but I was trying to ignore it. ;) Lol! Onehung Lo sounds more like a Chinese name, but funny. :D

Pocahontas 04-12-2007 09:07 PM

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Originally Posted by AnimeSpirit
I made the connection, but I was trying to ignore it. ;) Lol! Onehung Lo sounds more like a Chinese name, but funny. :D

Hey Anime...I'm just kidding around with you! :p That really is an interesting collection you have there! It looks like it could be quite an expensive hobby as well! How long have you been a collector?

AnimeSpirit 04-12-2007 10:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Pocahontas
Hey Anime...I'm just kidding around with you! :p That really is an interesting collection you have there! It looks like it could be quite an expensive hobby as well! How long have you been a collector?

I've been collecting for about 7 years, when I became old enough to buy blades without a parent holding my hand. :p It can get expensive sometimes because good blades are hand-made and take weeks or more to forge. As I mentioned in another thread, I like checking around pawn shops because they usually have no clue what the value of their swords are. It's very easy to haggle. :D

BrainSmashR 04-13-2007 06:03 AM

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Your Katana actually looks a little like mine. Do you have the whole set?

Sorry, no pics of them....I don't have a display stand.

AnimeSpirit 04-13-2007 08:02 AM

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Originally Posted by BrainSmashR
Your Katana actually looks a little like mine. Do you have the whole set?

Sorry, no pics of them....I don't have a display stand.

No, I just the one. I don't have a display stand either.

Texasbelle 04-13-2007 08:09 AM

Want to see a picture of my shoe collection? I have a closet just for them!!!!:D :D :D jk

refugen3 04-13-2007 11:22 AM

Seriously
 
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Originally Posted by AnimeSpirit
I do practice with and it can get very hard to hold up unless you're accustomed to working with it. I do, however, keep it in very good condition. The big sword is never used for cutting anything.

After I made this post I had just gotten through weed eatin'. So I was thinking how heavy those things must be. Honest. After about 45 min. to an hour I have to rest.( my arms being worn out and all) So I was really interested, the fun of it just kind of played in. :D
In real life.......you know person to person, I would have never questioned.

Isaac-Saxxon 04-13-2007 11:29 AM

I think a laugh would be in order here
 
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Originally Posted by refugen3
After I made this post I had just gotten through weed eatin'. So I was thinking how heavy those things must be. Honest. After about 45 min. to an hour I have to rest.( my arms being worn out and all) So I was really interested, the fun of it just kind of played in. :D
In real life.......you know person to person, I would have never questioned.

:rotflol: Come on Anime we think your sword is cool but it is hard not to laugh a little at the post :laugh: :laugh: Do you ever chop up watermelons with it ?
Isaac

Texasbelle 04-13-2007 11:36 AM

Think of all the uses a sword like that could serve..

1. Chop watermelons.
2. Toast marshmallows from a distance.
3. Chop onions!
4. Prop open a window.
5. Scare off burglars!

I am sure there are more that I could come up with but this is the short list for now! Seriously though my son has about four of them and he values them like I do shoes. He is always on the hunt for the next one. Whatever makes the boy happy!:)

AnimeSpirit 04-13-2007 01:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Isaac-Saxxon
:rotflol: Come on Anime we think your sword is cool but it is hard not to laugh a little at the post :laugh: :laugh: Do you ever chop up watermelons with it ?
Isaac

Not watermelons, but cutting demos are normally done with small fruits and vegetables. A person would throw the target at the swordsman who would slice in the air. My favorite targets: apples and potatoes. I like using them because they split easy, do not fragment, can easily be thrown by nearly anyone, and do not squirt juice that can blind you in mid-swing. Someone with a decent blade may even slice through a 2x4 as well. There are also some other fun targets to try, but you gotta be careful with some of them.

For example:
  • Balloon (strike with the edge, not the tip)
  • Thick bamboo (this is fairly easy)
  • Glass bottle (slicing it, NOT shattering it)
  • Elastic hooking cord (slice the thick rubber cord)

rhertz 04-13-2007 03:29 PM

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Here are some pictures of my katana, well, my son's katana actually. But he lets me hold it when I want. I took these pictures while he was at school. hehehe The last picture clearly shows the hamon created by the forging technique. Oh, it's a Paul Chen Practical Pro Katana which is the second to cheapest in the line. Still cool though.

Pocahontas 04-13-2007 10:12 PM

No ginsus for you!!!
 
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Originally Posted by AnimeSpirit
Not watermelons, but cutting demos are normally done with small fruits and vegetables. A person would throw the target at the swordsman who would slice in the air. My favorite targets: apples and potatoes. I like using them because they split easy, do not fragment, can easily be thrown by nearly anyone, and do not squirt juice that can blind you in mid-swing. Someone with a decent blade may even slice through a 2x4 as well. There are also some other fun targets to try, but you gotta be careful with some of them.

For example:
  • Balloon (strike with the edge, not the tip)
  • Thick bamboo (this is fairly easy)
  • Glass bottle (slicing it, NOT shattering it)
  • Elastic hooking cord (slice the thick rubber cord)

Forgive my ignorance but do you mean one of your swords will slice through a glass bottle and cut it in two without shattering?? Now that's a serious blade!!:faint:

AnimeSpirit 04-14-2007 11:46 AM

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Forgive my ignorance but do you mean one of your swords will slice through a glass bottle and cut it in two without shattering?? Now that's a serious blade!!:faint:

Yes, that's exactly what I mean, but I'm not saying that I can do that. My strike isn't fast enough and I don't have a decent enough blade for that kind of use. I also don't have the proper equipment for doing that exercise safely. Most guys who do it have a tripod built with a small rubber-jaw vice at the top to hold the bottle in place while they strike it. It takes a very good sword and a very fast strike. It also takes some accuracy skill too because the best place on your sword to strike the glass bottle is just below the yokote (see diagram). At this point, your blade is moving the fastest and there is less danger of the bottle skipping off of your kissaki.

The key is to develop a strike that eliminates ALL "cut resistance" in your blade when you swing it. In other words, you must develop a swing where the blade passes straight through the target and doesn't slow down even a little. It takes a delicate balance of both speed and strength to do this properly.

The balloon exercise is fun too and I've heard some kendo teachers use it on their students to build a faster swing. What you do there is attempt to pop one or more balloons with your typical swing. You're not allowed to thrust your blade because popping them with kissaki is far too easy. Some teachers will even check your blade to ensure it's not serrated.

I like using balloons for shuriken-jutsu (throwing knives) more. That's more fun for me and my accuracy isn't too bad.

cosmo kramer 04-14-2007 12:02 PM

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This is a picture of my sword collection. Don't think it is as long or heavy as the others but I can manipulate it in all sorts of ways!

Isaac-Saxxon 04-14-2007 12:26 PM

That made my ribs hurt
 
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Originally Posted by cosmo kramer
This is a picture of my sword collection. Don't think it is as long or heavy as the others but I can manipulate it in all sorts of ways!

So dry but so funny I think you are the real Kramer !:rotflmao:
Isaac

AnimeSpirit 04-14-2007 01:55 PM

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Originally Posted by cosmo kramer
This is a picture of my sword collection. Don't think it is as long or heavy as the others but I can manipulate it in all sorts of ways!

Lol! Try cutting a glass bottle with that. :D

Texasbelle 04-14-2007 01:58 PM

Oh Kramer you made me laugh till I cried!!!:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

cosmo kramer 04-14-2007 02:03 PM

Why thank you Belle! I like the shoes by the way! They match my sword.

Pocahontas 04-14-2007 05:41 PM

Size does matter!
 
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Originally Posted by cosmo kramer
This is a picture of my sword collection. Don't think it is as long or heavy as the others but I can manipulate it in all sorts of ways!

Oh Cosmo...love your sword too!:laugh: :laugh: Sorry to see yours isn't nearly as large as Anime's!;)

Texasbelle 04-14-2007 06:02 PM

Yes Kramer we must make sure our accessories match and appropriately "sized".

cosmo kramer 04-17-2007 08:08 PM

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Belle, I tried to match your lovely lady shoes with mine but all I had was black. Sorry, it was the best I could do...:cool:

Al Swearengen 04-17-2007 08:20 PM

Katanas are nice, especially the ones that are "full tang", the mark of a quality sword or knife. I own a "wakazashi" size combat sword milled from a solid black of stainless steel...with a blackened finish, and comes with a kydex sheath, made by "United Cutlery". But theres a company called "Cold Steel" that makes a line of high quality cutlery, that recently came out with both a sabre and cutlass that are basket-hilted, full tanged, with blued blades and shavin sharp edges. Now THATS my idea of a sword! But they run anywhere between 3 and 4 hundred bucks, and I havent been able to shell out that much coin for a sword. But its on my wishlist.

AnimeSpirit 04-17-2007 08:55 PM

Yeah, I don't like stainless steel blades. When you temper the blade properly, it becomes brittle and will not flex or give even a little when you strike a target (like the steel of a hammer). The blade vibrates and sings like fine crystal as air passes over it. It's true they are more vulnerable to rust and tend to chip when you to not care for them properly, but their cutting power is very different. They are truly deadly works of art.

Stainless steel blades are more resistant to rust, but they bend easier and flex on impact with a tough target. The blades gash instead of chip and its hard to keep the blade perfectly straight after minor use. Their song is a very short, dull, and unmajestic "clang" instead of a long, fine ring.

Stainless steel blades are cheaper and last longer, but they are inferior in quality compared to a hand-forged blade of high carbon folded steel.

Al Swearengen 04-17-2007 09:15 PM

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Originally Posted by AnimeSpirit
Yeah, I don't like stainless steel blades. When you temper the blade properly, it becomes brittle and will not flex or give even a little when you strike a target (like the steel of a hammer). The blade vibrates and sings like fine crystal as air passes over it. It's true they are more vulnerable to rust and tend to chip when you to not care for them properly, but their cutting power is very different. They are truly deadly works of art.

Stainless steel blades are more resistant to rust, but they bend easier and flex on impact with a tough target. The blades gash instead of chip and its hard to keep the blade perfectly straight after minor use. Their song is a very short, dull, and unmajestic "clang" instead of a long, fine ring.

Stainless steel blades are cheaper and last longer, but they are inferior in quality compared to a hand-forged blade of high carbon folded steel.

I see your point, but you're speaking from the standpoint of a real sword afficionado. I just need the damn thing to stand up to whatever abuse I, and the environment, can dish out, which is why I prefer stainless. For me, a sword is just an elegant machete, for use in clearin brush, or as a last ditch backup weapon for when my guns run dry.

cosmo kramer 04-23-2007 11:58 PM

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I had to put this one up for you Anime.

LateNight 04-24-2007 12:09 AM

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I had to put this one up for you Anime.

Hey, no fair.. that one cat is un-armed.. But I guess he's a blackbelt, so that makes it more fair ? :peace:

AnimeSpirit 04-24-2007 12:10 AM

Cute! :D I love cats, especially smart ones. ;)

rhertz 04-24-2007 12:54 PM

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Originally Posted by LateNight
Hey, no fair.. that one cat is un-armed.. But I guess he's a blackbelt, so that makes it more fair ? :peace:

I think he is going to stomp on the other cats tail using the Kung Fu Hustle foot stomping technique. Watch that tail!

cosmo kramer 04-24-2007 08:13 PM

Everybody was kung fun fighting. Those cats were fast as lightning. In fact it was a little bit frightning. But they fought with expert timing. rerearer! reaerearer!:laugh:

AnimeSpirit 04-24-2007 11:53 PM

I gotta make a smiley that looks like a dancing musical note. :D


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