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October 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

We went to the 8th New England Chinese Martial Arts Championship organized by ICMAC last weekend. We went because YMAA Boston, where some RainyDayMagazine folks go to study [...]

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, [...]

DIY: Tanto

July 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

While cleaning up the office, we came upon a tanto blank we had purchased many years ago but had forgotten. It has been a while since we built a knife. In fact, the last [...]

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 [...]

Tameshigiri Series: Intro

November 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

For students of Aikido, the study of sword movements is a big part of learning the art. In order to practice the movements safely, students use wooden bokkens and shinai. [...]
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