JCC Swords & Swordplay etc

Discussion in 'Community' started by Sarge, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    I had to be careful because the blade is still sharp. It's reassuring, 'cause now I know I can deal with someone talking smack. Plus it made a cool noise when I unsheathed it.

    I hadn't seen it in years, so I got details wrong-- it doesn't look as mutilated as I had remembered.
    Crappy photos! (open)

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  2. Dark Lady Mara Manager Emeritus

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    I was scrolling down the page hoping I could still get dibs on being the second person to claim they thought of it, but no. :(
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  3. Sarge Chosen One

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    @DarthGuy, it looks to me like the cover on the grip was removed. If a sword is used often, whatever the grip is wrapped in tends to wear out and needs to be replaced. It's possible the cover was removed because it was worn out and nobody got around to replacing it. I'm no expert on katanas, but I think rayskin was a popular wrap when it was available.
  4. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    Yeah, I don't know if that was taken off before my grandfather acquired it or if it fell off during the 50-odd years it was in storage before I first saw it.
  5. Jabba-wocky Chosen One

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    Aren't you supposed to return the weapon when an officer surrenders their sword to you?
  6. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    My grandfather was a Lt. in the navy and a SeaBee, although he was transferred to a combat unit (I'm unclear as to how that worked) for the invasion of Kyushu. I don't know if anyone surrendered to him, but I doubt it. EDIT: And didn't all Japanese soldiers have to give up all of their weapons including ceremonial swords?
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  7. Boba_Fett_2001 Chosen One

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    [IMG]

    But no more than a broken heirloom.
  8. Aegon Starcaster Jedi Master

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    Pssst....I am Prince. And for my next performance....If you watch the whole thing, you'll most definitely start to weep, cause it's kind of slow, but I totally take it away from 4:00 on to the end :)



    And from my next performance....



    My grandfather did the same thing. Of course, I don't have that sword, because he still has it. I think the blade is dull now, but the hilt is also pretty plain.
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  9. rumsmuggler Chosen One

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  10. rumsmuggler Chosen One

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    As far as training, I've practiced Kendo and Iaido on and off for 13 years, Sabre, Epee, and foil for about the same amount of time. Also have machete skills as well.
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  11. Sarge Chosen One

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    Knowing sabre and machete, you'd be right at home with a cutlass.
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  12. rumsmuggler Chosen One

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    yep. my friends in the ODU fencing club used to call me the Human Cuisinart.. Also can fight with either hand.
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  13. rumsmuggler Chosen One

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    Hilarious..
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  14. Kiki-Gonn Chosen One

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    You should consider keeping it out of the sheath in one those standard (and cheap) display racks, edge up, and coat the blade in oil every once in a while if you want to preserve it.
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  15. Sarge Chosen One

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    This.
    Scabbards and sheaths tend to trap moisture, which doesn't do a blade any good. That's a lesson I learned the hard way. And don't assume a blade can't rust because it's stainless steel; even the stainless ones need to be cleaned and polished from time to time.
  16. Saintheart Chosen One

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    ^^

    This. In particular bare hands are oily. After an admiring woman's been touching the blade of your sword you should really make sure to wash it thoroughly.

    ...uh...

    Swordwise I've got a couple of useless LoTR replicas hanging around; they aren't used for anything other than show. Likewise a replica of the Bride's weapon from Kill Bill, which if it is a replica proves that Uma Thurman really, really likes very loooong handles on her blades.

    ...um...

    The most functional stuff I've got is wooden.

    ...er...

    Oh, for Christ's sake. I've got a few bokken sitting away in a cupboard next to my quarterstaff. Maintenance is still needed for them. Sanding back and oiling with olive oil in particular tremendously lengthens the life of wooden blades. One guy I knew had a neat trick: he got a large-diameter length of PVC tube, sealed it at one end, put his bokken in it, and then filled the tube up with oil and just left it in there for a couple of days. What came out, once dried, was a glorious-to-handle bokken that could take strikes with spring steel leaving only little dents at the impact point.
  17. Kiki-Gonn Chosen One

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    OMG, I used to propose that (basically) to our Kobudo group, for our bo's, and they all thought I was crazy!
  18. Mikaboshi Force Ghost

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    I have had my mokum (Korean version of bokken) for about 4 years and it is still in really good shape. Lots of minor dents and chipping of the enamel coating but otherwise no cracks or splinters to worry about. That thing gets used very often, I don't use it much over the summers but from about September to May it is in use multiple times per week.

    So how many people here have done any cutting? That is the bee's knees right there. There is no better way to put your technique and form to the test than to make some cuts and see if you get straight and clean slices. The minute you see a curve in your slice or can't cut through a wet bamboo tatami mat smoothly you know you have some issues with your technique. Usually ends up being caused by a drop in the lead shoulder, bad foot positioning or just trying to muscle through with a hacking motion rather than allowing the blade to slice as it is intended. Fixable, but it is hard to break bad habits once they are formed.

    The only experience I have is with a katana, so not sure about the proper technique on straight bladed swords.
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  19. Sarge Chosen One

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    All of my cutting experience is with straight swords. They're not intended to slice; it's more of a chop.

    When you run out of tatami mats, plastic bottles filled with water work great. Save your soda bottles and milk jugs, hang them from a rope and swing them if you want to practice on a moving target. Or leave it hanging still and if you do a clean blow you will cut the bottle in half, the bottom will fall straight down and the top will just hang there not moving. Try it. It's fun.

    And ditto to what Saintheart said about skin oils. Polishing a fingerprint out of a blade is practically impossible if you give it time to set. Can you guess how I know that? Of course you can.
  20. Kran Starborn Jedi Grand Master

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    I love katana swords because I am such a big fan of japanese culture and of the samurai. And I was thinking of buying myself a katana sword but I guess not sure whats at least a good enough replica katana sword at least is the blade really good even though its just gonna look pretty for me. Like are katana blades that are made out of high carbon steel quality katana blades to get?
  21. Mikaboshi Force Ghost

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    Those water noodles work great as well.
  22. Sarge Chosen One

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    If you just want it to look pretty, you can find cheap replicas almost anywhere. A sharp, well-tempered blade that is good for cutting will cost a lot more. I don't own a katana, but I see them in catalogs all the time. Most of my blades are mid-range quality, good enough to use, but not ultimate top end high dollar stuff. I've been happy with most of the stuff I found at www.museumreplicas.com and I know they advertise katanas.
    If you find something specific you're interested in buying, tell us and we'll try to steer you away from any rip offs.
    Anybody have better advice? I really feel like I'm talking out my *** when it comes to oriental weaponry.
  23. Eeth-my-Koth Chosen One

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  24. Ender Sai Chosen One

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  25. Sarge Chosen One

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    :oops:
    Well, not all of his cuts were really bad...