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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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    Iaido Training: iaito vs. boken

    Can anyone tell me if theres a noteworthy difference between the handling and weight of an iaito when compared with that of a boken?
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    Martial arts existing with other athletic hobbies

    Your friend was right. In fact, it isnt about strength at all. When athletes have muscular development, that development is secondary to training conducted in the pursuit of their sport. In the case of bodybuilding, all the physical training they do is to build bigger muscles. Utility of...
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    Martial arts existing with other athletic hobbies

    Does anyone here do more than martial arts? If not, theres absolutely nothing wrong with that but, for those of you who do, how do you do it? I, for example, am a bodybuilder but Im beginning to get back into MA and Im wondering the best way to make the two coexist. I dont want to sacrifice...
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    What should I ask before beginning Iaijutsu/kenjutsu

    Ronin, That which you wrote in your reply only makes me want to study Iaido more. Serious business! There is simply something Zen-like about the concept of the sword in such a context. Further, I can easily see the attributes of sword study (Zanshin) becoming a part of your everyday...
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    What should I ask before beginning Iaijutsu/kenjutsu

    Would you elaborate on this point a little please? I dont consider any martial art to be a lighthearted hobby to be played around with but what you say is a little vague. What separates Iaido like this and why?
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    What should I ask before beginning Iaijutsu/kenjutsu

    Could anyone tell me what types of questions I should ask and what types of things I should look for (or be on the lookout for) when checking out a school for Iaijustsu, kenjutsu, etc? Much Thanks!
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    Rabbit Hole

    DV, I do try to remain very active. I train in powerlifting, some rudimentary (very lol) Olympic rings work, and a little bit of boxing drills on the heavy bag. And I believe you are right. I'll just simply have to give that which is available to me a try. Thanks!
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    Rabbit Hole

    Simon, you and I are of one mind. It makes perfect sense and has me thinking and considering another possibility. What if this "rabbit hole" contained within certain styles is actually not within the styles but within the practitioners themselves? In fact, I believe that is what you and...
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    Rabbit Hole

    Excellent point! Depth in this context is kinda vague. Lemme try giving this as an example: I recall once hearing a story of a young kenjutsu student engaged in a duel to the death with his father during the modernization of Japan. Even though the son ultimately lost, during the duel, he was...
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    Rabbit Hole

    First, thank you for the welcome. Currently no, I am not training in any style of martial art. I took Shotokan and aikijutsu for about a year when I was 14. In the years that followed, I dabbled in boxing a bit but mostly put 99.99999% of my training efforts into bodybuilding, an endeavor...
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    Rabbit Hole

    Wow! Ive gotten more well thought out responses on this topic than I thought Id get. Thank you all very much. Youve all given me a good deal to think about. For those who had asked me specific questions in your replies, I will try to respond in short time. Again, thank you!
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    Rabbit Hole

    I hear some martial artists speak of the continued study of their style, saying they wish to see where it takes them. Some say certain styles are more... sportish... if you will... and are primarily what you see is what you get while other styles run deep with discovery, hidden truths, etc...
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