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    I used a gunto when I did battojitsu

    I had this beaten up gunto, just the blade and a fragment of the scabbard, something I acquired from a fencing student as a trade for lessons and a foil blade. It was standard military issue, nothing at all fancy, but sharp and hardened. My battojitsu sensei found parts to assemble it into a functional blade for iai and battojitsu. The scabbard throat is a little funky, but it is balanced and totally works. And as it's not that superior of a blade, I have no qualms about doing yardwork with it in lieu of more formal practice. You might be able to find a gunto at a local gun show, however the prices there will probably be inflated.

    That being said, if you aren't into gunto blades, I agree with SR
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    Paul's practical katana is a good choice for any beginner and affordable too.
    I think MartialMart has one too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneChing View Post
    I had this beaten up gunto, just the blade and a fragment of the scabbard, something I acquired from a fencing student as a trade for lessons and a foil blade. It was standard military issue, nothing at all fancy, but sharp and hardened. My battojitsu sensei found parts to assemble it into a functional blade for iai and battojitsu. The scabbard throat is a little funky, but it is balanced and totally works. And as it's not that superior of a blade, I have no qualms about doing yardwork with it in lieu of more formal practice. You might be able to find a gunto at a local gun show, however the prices there will probably be inflated.

    That being said, if you aren't into gunto blades, I agree with SR
    I have two. (shin gunto)

    Unfortunately 1 is a piece of crap replica and the other is in sad shape. need some stuff for em.

    I also have a ridiculous snake skin scabbard and pewter cobrahead katana.
    It's hilarious. It was given to me. I did NOT buy it, I repeat, I did NOT buy it. lol
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    Speaking of tameshigiri...

    Enter to win THE SPIRIT OF THE SWORD by Nakamura Taisaburo! Contest ends 6:00 p.m. PST on 06/27/13. Good luck everyone!
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    I entered I hope I win. I may have made a slight comment about you and something to do with nacho cheese in my entry application. It's very minor though.
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    Our sweepstakes winners are announced

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    Darn you Gene Ching and your insidious plot to make me lose the sweepstake.
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    You can't win them all...

    We had a high response for this one because it was a double sweepstakes and the other prize was really good. I think there was some coattailing for this one. Better luck next time.
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    I don't need luck. What I need is a gaggle of nacho ninjettes to break into the office and altar the results so that I am the winner.
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    ebaY? and the search: Mantis katana.

    This for mantis if your sword has a different spirit. Bond with your blade before class--a purification. thousand imagined draws cuts an returns or one thousand imagined cuts from jodan blade tip never below your ears [Squirrel bokken thinking from a brown softcover book picturing a student of Yagushinkage. Or cuts with sword sheathed...but before lessons start.

    Mantis Design blocker thing
    Congratulations on the opportunity.

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    Samurai gone Fruit Ninja

    ...and the new Shogun is Pillsbury. Man, what a swordsman needs to do to keep a job nowadays...

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    At last! Making some real money without lifting heads. Yummy Toaster Strudels!

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    Aikuchi



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    The art of Japanese sword making - bringing a greater sense of “beauty” to the world.
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    I have a question for those that may understand metallurgy. Can we make better katana blades today than they could 1000 years ago? Or at the peak of their ability to forge?

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    Quote Originally Posted by boxerbilly View Post
    I have a question for those that may understand metallurgy. Can we make better katana blades today than they could 1000 years ago? Or at the peak of their ability to forge?
    The answer is yes.
    Our modern process can give as much better blades then those of the past.
    That said, a work of art is a work of art.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boxerbilly View Post
    I have a question for those that may understand metallurgy. Can we make better katana blades today than they could 1000 years ago? Or at the peak of their ability to forge?
    Yes. Frankly the katana is a rather inferior sword. I'm sure that will get a lot of flames. It's just a 2 handed sabre with crap blade length and point so thick it wouldn't pierce but the most basic of armaments and a jacked blade weight. A British Cavalry sabre has the same weight, longer blade and can be wielded with one hand. The Europeans were heat welding high carbon edges to low carbon bodies long before the Japanese. The Chinese were as well for that matter. The Japanese only stuck with it because steel was a rare commodity due to crappy natural resources and isolated trade environment.

    Edit: Oh and that total lack of hand protection. You ever wonder why Chinese sword techniques devised around the height of Japanese imperialism focused so much on attacking the hand?
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