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Tameshigiri Series: Japanese Katana tear-down

February 8, 2016 // 0 Comments

We put the Windsor workbench in the office so we can work on various projects without having to go down to the shop. One of those projects is learning how to maintain the [...]

Tameshigiri Series: Folded Steel Katana 3

June 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

This is the third and last katana we will be reviewing for the Tameshigiri series. Like the other two blades (katana #1, katana #2), this blade from Knight Swords is also [...]

Tameshigiri Series: Folded Steel Katana 2

November 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

We  had taken a FirstLook at one of the three folded-steel katana in July. That katana was from HanBon Sword. As we had stated at the time, for the Tameshigiri Series, [...]

Tameshigiri Series : Folded Steel Katana 1

July 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Japanese katana, or sword, was a weapon that was perfected during centuries of, let us say, direct testing in the unforgiving fields of battle. The traditional Japanese [...]

Tameshigiri Series: The Japanese Sword

November 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Sword movements are an important part of Aikido. Studying sword using wooden bokken and shinai, while excellent for learning the motions, is no substitute for the feel of [...]

MFA: Samurai!

April 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is renowned the world over for breadth and depth of its Japanese collection, holding as it does over 100,000 artefacts. When we heard that [...]