- Jul 24, 2017
- Reaction score
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 had a dog and loved it you would take some time to find a fitting name and not just call it "DOG" to me it is the same with my katanas which to be honest i like more than some pooch no matter how cute.naming a katana makes it more than an implement ,it gives it a piece of your soul.
so i say Banzai!!!! and watch out for "Red Mist" my latest addition to my collection
i am just a beginner i have 4 katanas and i love them even if they are not the best quality. i feel so much a part of them i must name them ....so my first is dragon claw ,second is dragon breath,third is bamboo killer and the last has a red saya so i call it red mist tomorrow i get a paul chen practical pro and it is superb and all black so its name will be night shadow. i know its a biy naff but i get more from my collection by naming them.
when i was 18 (48yrs ago) i read a book i would reccomend called "nights of bushido" which told the atrocities by japanese in the name of bushido.although they committed these atrocities when you understand the bushido code you can at least understand why and what they did. since reading it rather than repulsed i find myself looking back to the code of bushido that is the japanese version of chivalry and i am overtaken by the past.that's why i feel close to my katanas and need to name then.....Banzai (may the emperor live ten thousand years ) lol
i am looking for a shinken as a final statement and i will pay a lot for it and i already have a name "heavens breath "
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.
I have several swords and a couple of them that I'm fond of, one that I mainly train with is a Korean saber sword. For the love of me I can't think of a name for it. I think naming it would give the sword personality. The other is a Chesness Tenchi ko katana, so of course i refer to it as Tenchi.
The Korean saber is a straight sword, broader and a little beefy.
On my mok gum KJN wrote my name in Korean and put in parenthesis spirit of a warrior underneath my name on one side and his name on the other. I plan to have this engraved or have it done in needle point on my saber.
Two questions: 1 What is the Korean term for spirit warrior? 2 Does anyone have any suggesstions on naming your sword?