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    Sticky: one more fly in the ointment

    I have read most of this discussion and really enjoyed the educated responses from the smiths on the reality of steel and how it should behave if used as a sword when made by a competent smith.

    I...
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    Hello Ken, I am a lowly ranked Iaidoka(Seitei...

    Hello Ken,

    I am a lowly ranked Iaidoka(Seitei Gata)but have been using gunto,shinken & Nihonto for most of my life without injury(I am 46 and started when I was 17).

    Our school under A J...
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    Very sorry JPH-dyslexic fingers

    Very sorry JPH-dyslexic fingers
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    I too would like to know what you think "serious"...

    I too would like to know what you think "serious" iaidoka are.:smash:

    In New Zealand some of the "serious" iaidoka I have meet can't seem to understand that they are playing with something that is...
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    pattern welded steel

    Hello JHP.

    I know this is a wee bit off topic but thanks very much for your book on "the pattern welded blade"

    I purchased this book in 1994 and recieved it just before I moved to Bangkok.

    I...
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    Sticky: Hello Dan, I think you gave a great reply...

    Hello Dan,


    I think you gave a great reply and expanded most peoples knowledge on steel.
    Some of the people here may get offended as you are debunking thier favorite myths about something they...
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    Hello Karl, There is a movie called Yamad,the...

    Hello Karl,

    There is a movie called Yamad,the Samurai of Ayutthaya that is based on the historical facts(as much as a movie can be)


    John Williams
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    Cheers John Williams

    Cheers John Williams
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    Hello Guy, just a little correction in the...

    Hello Guy,

    just a little correction in the text."
    Moving further west, the next major settlement of Japanese was in Ayutthaya, Thailand. Ayutthaya lies on the shores of the Menam River, a bit...
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    Hi Ken, Try taking a leaf out of medieval club...

    Hi Ken,

    Try taking a leaf out of medieval club training methods and use purpose made steel training weapons with a 2 or 3mm thick radiused edge.
    The blade geometry changes a bit so a large fuller...
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    I think you may have mistaken what I meant. ...

    I think you may have mistaken what I meant.

    what I meant is
    Swords are used primarily to kill,regardless of the culture or blade style.
    (this is not so much now we have far more "efficient" and...
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    Definitely something to look into. Maybe the...

    Definitely something to look into.
    Maybe the translation into English has lost some of its intention.

    I think that the word "protecting" would have been a better way to put it.
    :confused:

    ...
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    Life giving/taking?

    Hello Mr Hartman,

    I think that the descriptions,as old and romanticized as they are,on the 2 types of sword are a bit of a fallacy.

    Swords are used for killing,you can't give life by killing...
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    When you fight that good you can dance anyway you...

    When you fight that good you can dance anyway you want.

    It looks like you get you moneys worth at his show
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    I couldn't agree with you more. While I enjoy...

    I couldn't agree with you more.

    While I enjoy cutting things up I CAN imagine what it would do to another human being and have no desire to ever use it for that purpose.


    John Williams
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    OPPS my mistake

    Hey-thanks for that.
    I've been out of things for quite a while(due to "POLITICS").

    I thought the ZNIRI was a branch of ZNKR-my mistake.

    There were only 10 kata when I was learning but now I...
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    Hello to jezah81 and Esaka Sensei who it would...

    Hello to jezah81 and Esaka Sensei who it would appear wrote the text.

    I have a problem with the body of the text quoted.
    The sole purpose of the sword was to cut or hack opponents and hopefully...
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    HSR Iaido-New Zealand

    Hello all,
    A few observations of my own from thier website and training with them.
    I recently discovered this "Koryu" style advertised by accident and made an enquiry that resulted in an invitation...
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