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#354724 - 08/05/07 04:28 PM Do you name your sword?
jpoor Offline
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If so, how did you come up with the name?
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#354725 - 08/05/07 05:08 PM Re: Do you name your sword? [Re: jpoor]
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My first iaito I named Utau Shizukani. Misspelled over the years. It meant Sings Softly, because it did. It and its successors Nihonmei and Sanbonmei (2nd and 3rd long ones), succumbed to metal fatigue right in front of the tsuba.

My sensi suggested upping the quality. Yohonmei has been singing beautifully for ten years.

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#354726 - 08/05/07 10:22 PM Re: Do you name your sword? [Re: iaibear]
Charles Mahan Offline
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No.

I usually refer to it as my sword. Sometimes, my shinken or my iaito depending on which one we're talking about.
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#354727 - 08/05/07 10:35 PM Re: Do you name your sword? [Re: jpoor]
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Why not name your sword Pecker-One and Pecker_Two?

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#354728 - 08/06/07 05:36 PM Re: Do you name your sword? [Re: jpoor]
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Yes.
My iaito is named "My Iaito". My shinken are named "My Cutting Sword" and "My Regular Sword". Oh, I almost forgot "My Wakizashi" and "My Tanto".
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#354729 - 08/06/07 06:25 PM Re: Do you name your sword? [Re: pgsmith]
jpoor Offline
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I just KNEW I should have done a poll
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#354730 - 08/08/07 11:34 AM Re: Do you name your sword? [Re: jpoor]
Benjamin1986 Offline
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I guess I'm a geek then.

My rapier is Fatala, from the Latin fatalus, meaning fated or destined (not fatal, but that gets the same response).

My big knife, I call Shiney. It's shiney.
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#354731 - 08/10/07 09:16 AM Re: Do you name your sword? [Re: Benjamin1986]
Halley Offline
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I suspect that many or most iaidoka don't bother, especially after they've gotten some experience. But when I was considering my first iaito, I admit to having a geeky moment to make that iaito special to me.

I named mine 'tate-ita ni mizu', a four-character idiom in Japanese which literally means 'to flow like water down a post'. It refers to someone babbling (just as I probably am in this post) or speaking quickly. I intended it to refer more positively to 'gaining fluidity' as I wanted to gain confidence and fluidity in both Japanese sword skill, iaido, and Japanese language skill, nihongo.

So the sword itself is a blue-summer-beach theme, with crabs and sea birds, and a waving water texture on the black saya lacquer. I used some black obi silk with a wave motif to make a sword bag for it.

I have no idea if I would name a second iaito. I would probably still put as much thought into a unifying theme and attractiveness, though. It's a practice tool, but it's also a memento that represents my journey.

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#354732 - 08/10/07 09:39 AM Re: Do you name your sword? [Re: Halley]
Charles Mahan Offline
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Hello Halley. Haven't seen you on in awhile. Welcome back. Sorry to hear about Davis-sensei. I don't know if you ever had a chance to train under him, but if you didn't, you really missed out.

BTW. The dates for the 7th US Iaido Embukai have been posted on the MJER forums.


Edited by Charles Mahan (08/10/07 09:47 AM)
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#354733 - 08/31/07 01:04 PM Re: Do you name your sword? [Re: Charles Mahan]
PrimeUniversa69 Offline
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Registered: 10/06/06
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Loc: Tenneessee

I named my saber saphire.And my broadsword ic alled the sword of darkness.Wants I have a Japanese sword customized for my size,I call it the Toushou because it bites you in cold blood.

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