Naming Your Sword

Discussion in 'Korean Swords and Sword Arts' started by LarryR, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. bizzybazza

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    jenna you may well be right....i fancy a pug and call it pugsley but thats me lol
     
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    Heh. My cat is named kitty and I named my katana bloody Mary. I guess I'm not alone.
     
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    Err... umm... sooooooo... if I name my dog "Rex" it's partly because my dog is alive. But really, more than anything, it's so that I can get my dog's attention. "Rex. Sit." "Rex. Come." Naming a living creature is nothing at all like naming an object.

    If you're a legend in your field and want to name your tool of choice, fine. But short of that, it's just incredibly, achingly dorky.
     
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    I dont even use names for people. I just call them "Mate"

    So I gues that is what I should call my sword.
     
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    I would name my dog Orphan Maker or World Splitter.

    I would name my sword DOG.
     
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    Shouldn't you use a boomerang?
     
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    No I am Caucasian. We use a Noif.
     
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    i think both points of view,either to give names or not are valid and neither camp should by vilified for their point of view.by the other.
     
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    Hi.

    A beginner at what, out of interest? Oh, and I would caution against such ideas of "bushido" as a historical reality (mind you, I'd say the same about chivalric concepts)....
     
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    I would soooo love to see you yelling his name in the park!! specially if he is like a pomeranian or maltipoo or one of those :D
     
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    Pug.
     
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    ..well I have been called plenty of things before, and but this! #whyioughta :p
     
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    So, I've read through here, and decided to share a short story. I will say that I currently own 4 swords: a Thai Dha, an 1890 German saber, an 1863 US Union NCO rapier, and a Japanese Chokuto. Of these, the rapier is the one I've owned the longest, as it was passed to me as a family heirloom when I was 11. The next one is the Chokuto. I bought it during a time of high emotional stress for myself, and because of that, I formed a very close emotional bond to that blade while practicing with it. Whenever I held it, it felt comforting to me, and calmed me, and I honestly don't care if this makes me sound weak or weird or whatever, but I truly think that sword got me through that rough time in my life. It only felt natural to give it a name, since it did more for me than my girlfriend at the time (who was actually the source of my stress) I was losing my passion for weaponry, and it felt like I lost my way, and that sword brought me back. therefore, I gave it a name that to this day I hope is accurate, of Wasureta Yume. hopefully it translates properly to forgotten dream, because that sword helped me find back onto my path. To this day, it is the only weapon I own that has a name.
     
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    (the following is a true story)
    i have a display sword that my dad gave me. one night i awoke to a flying bat in my room. when i turned on the light, it landed on the wall next to a window and rested. in my faulty logic i opened the window and with katana in one hand and a towel in the other i tried to poke it with the sword to move it then swat it out the open window. well it decided it didnt like my plan. the bat was very angry at me for disturbing his peaceful slumber and started flying all over the 10" x 10" room. then suddenly before i knew it, the blood sucking vampire was coming right at my face, thirsty for the blood of my neck. i instinctively used the sword to defend myself against this rabies carrying varmint. with one kesa giri, i cut it down. it landed in a bloody heap defeated and dead. from that day forth the sword is known as............... "Bat killer".
    (insert whistling theme song here..with picture of horizon during dusk)
     
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    many say that a sword should be named only if it has done something special...i have 6 katanas and have named them all....dragon claw,dragon breath,bamboo slayer , red mist ,night stalker and blood beast.
    these swords like your japanese chokuto they helped me get through one of my frequent periods of depression and i think that is sufficient for them to deserve naming.
    i wish you and Wasureta Yume all the best and keep loving it as your helper in rough times. so Go tōkō arigatōgozaimashita (thank you for your post)
     
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    My advice would be to think of something meaningful to you. Foreign names are a good idea, just be sure it's something you can pronounce.
     
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    I had a maglight I called torchemada.
     
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    I'd have gone with TorchUrMama instead.
    You get the pun, plus an implied "your mom" joke as well.
     
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