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#274544 - 07/28/06 03:41 AM Re: are thease swords any good? [Re: paradoxbox]
bloodyrath15 Offline
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Registered: 07/24/06
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can u buy the tsuba and fittings on the site and would that be the best place to buy them if i got one? is there a better site to buy fittings for those swords?

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#274545 - 07/28/06 08:17 PM Re: are thease swords any good? [Re: bloodyrath15]
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I've had good experiences with shadowofleaves, they sell both cotton and silk ito (the wrap on the handle) and I think they used to sell tsuba as well, I'm not sure if they do anymore. If you're into customizing your katana you may consider even making your own tsuba with a chisel and hammer. Otherwise most sword retailers online carry paul chen tsubas which are good enough (forged iron, never used cast iron tsuba).

There's a site on the net, I can't remember what it's called, they're based in Japan and have an office in Canada, look around on swordforum long enough and you'll find it. They occasionally give away free furniture and sometimes blades with kizu (flaws/scars) to beginner polishers.

you can also buy habaki, koiguchi, etc.. from shadowofleaves, but I think those things tend to be more personalized. You may want to build your own or have someone make them to your specifications if you're going to customize a blade. Chances are a blade you customize won't be used for cutting, it's usually just something pretty to look at and learn from.

Check swordforum.com for sword customization threads, the search function there is great. Remember to register using both your real first and last name.

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#274546 - 07/28/06 11:05 PM Re: are thease swords any good? [Re: bloodyrath15]
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If you are starting kendo, you don't need something that is useable. IMO you should save your money and get nicer bogu.
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#274547 - 07/30/06 12:54 PM Re: are thease swords any good? [Re: Kendo_Noob]
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so on this site I basically just ask for a flawed katana and they'll give it to me?
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#274548 - 07/30/06 06:03 PM Re: are thease swords any good? [Re: Saarna]
paradoxbox Offline
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Quote:

so on this site I basically just ask for a flawed katana and they'll give it to me?




If you're you're the first to ask for it yes. It's strictly for polishers / projects though. The kizu on free blades are always fatal ones, i.e. overpolished to the soft metal on the ha, wrecked the shinogi, wrecked the kissaki etc. And there's usually a line up of people waiting for those (Including me!) so you have to be quick.

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#274549 - 07/30/06 06:58 PM Re: are thease swords any good? [Re: paradoxbox]
Saarna Offline
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well what site is it?
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#274550 - 07/31/06 01:07 AM Re: are thease swords any good? [Re: Saarna]
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Registered: 07/27/06
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yeah i want to see this website it would be a free wallhanger/ after its done being fixed.

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#274551 - 08/01/06 11:28 AM Re: are thease swords any good? [Re: jeff_lajara]
Saarna Offline
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the site?
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#274552 - 08/29/06 11:40 PM Re: are thease swords any good? [Re: Saarna]
xc279 Offline
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Registered: 08/29/06
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I am looking for a first sword and i was wondering if this one is any good http://www.coldsteel.com/88hcs.html

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#274553 - 08/30/06 12:09 AM Re: are thease swords any good? [Re: xc279]
paradoxbox Offline
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Decent sword, a little pricey for a first sword but the nickname it's got is apt, you're liable to break your wrist if you try cutting with that. Experience or strong wrists needed

Consider getting a two handed sword first for gaining experience.

If you get a Japanese sword get a through tempered one or one made from spring steel, as they'll hold up to abuse better.

If you don't intend to cut anything then forget everything I just said and buy whatever suits you best.

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