Recent content by Clinton Shaffer

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    The feel of the blade

    And I will happily provide them. Thank you again to all those heavy contributors to this thread. And please, I don't want anyone to interpret this post as the end of this thread. I encourage anyone who wishes to add to this discussion to add their thoughts. I will regularly check this thread...
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    The feel of the blade

    Brendan, Flying Crane, Ishin Wed all love to know your thoughts on this.
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    The feel of the blade

    And if you act now, that sword can be yours for the low low price of $19,999.95 LOL
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    The feel of the blade

    You are correct, sir. Thank you for that information. It is, in fact, an alloy of zinc and... something else lol.
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    The feel of the blade

    Heavy thanks thus far to all the contributors of this thread. I have picked up some FANTASTIC knowledge and it has helped my quest immensely. Again thank you!
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    The feel of the blade

    If I wanted to spend about $1000 on a shinken, where could I go online to find a sword at a quality level worthy of the cost. I recognize that the amount I have specified is less than 1/10th what one could pay for a quality shinken. Still...
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    The feel of the blade

    I just realized that you answered my question of if the different heating methods will make a difference. So, please disregard that 5th dimension from my post lol.
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    The feel of the blade

    Excellent points. As it just so happens, I am referring to the weight of MY iaito and Katana. I believe the iaito to be of good construction but I just can't be sure about the Katana. You are right in that the Tsuba and Tsuka are shaped differently between the two swords. The Tsuka of the...
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    The feel of the blade

    So, some months ago, I bought a katana from swords of northshire for about $380. Now, prior to receiving this sword, I practiced with an Iaito from Tozando in Japan. The two swords feel completely differently and I want to make sure I understand why. The iaito is far easier to handle than the...
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    Looking for a live blade

    Thank you, Crane! Your input has been invaluable for this quest. Peace and honor be with you!
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    Looking for a live blade

    My purpose for this is to acquire and improve on my skills of Tameshigir. My current sensei does not teach this as he (and you called it) does not allow live blades in his dojo. Though, I still wish to acquire and improve on this real world aspect to my art of Iaijutsu which has been largely...
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    Looking for a live blade

    Can anyone here recommend a reputable website that sells high quality BATTLE READY live blade katanas? Also, if would you know of a website that sells sword canes/walking sticks with battle ready live katana/ninjato blades, I would appreciate this as well.
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    A few perfect techniques

    This last point you make is one on which I couldnt not agree with you more.
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    A few perfect techniques

    Interestingly, wing chun and western boxing were two systems I thought of when posing this question. Having only limited knowledge on both of them, I didnt know how accurate such an assumption would have been. I hadnt thought of Muay Thai but I can easily see that as such a style as well.
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    A few perfect techniques

    Can anyone here name an empty hand style that utilizes a relatively small number of techniques and focuses on their perfection?
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