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Types of bo-hi on samurai katana swords

Types of bo-hi on samurai katana swords

zhang 31/08/2018 0
The bohi is also called the fuller or blood groove, it's purpose is to reduce the weight of a sword and produce an excellent tachi kaze (the sword wind sound) when you do training. Bo-hi blade is lighter, thus easier to balance. You can see several types of bo-hi below. 1. Bohi for shinogi zukuri, do not through kissaki, it is the most common type ...
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Bo-Hi VS. No-Hi Blade - Parts of a Japanese Katana

Bo-Hi VS. No-Hi Blade - Parts of a Japanese Katana

zhang 29/08/2018 0
What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of bo-hi or no-hi of a Japanese Katana? Do you think whether or not to have it with bo-hi? A bo-hi (also known as a 'bohi','hi', 'fuller' or 'blood groove') is the groove in the blade located just under the spine that helps to reduce the weight slightly without major sacrifices to its durabilit...
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Mistakes People Make When Buying a Katana Sword

Mistakes People Make When Buying a Katana Sword

zhang 27/08/2018 0
Buying a sword is an important decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly.  However, some first-time sword buyers make mistakes when they purchase. You should avoid making the following mistakes. 1. Functional or 'Decorative' Sword People don’t know the difference between functional and decorative and that is the first thing that you need to know whe...
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Colored Blades Katana Sword - Electroplating

Colored Blades Katana Sword - Electroplating

zhang 24/08/2018 3
The carbon blade can be special treated (electroplated) which creats colored patterns on the blade surface. Such kind of blade swords are made of the same steel materials commonly used for samurai sword making, but at particular steps, the process is slightly modified to obtain the beautiful color of the blade. The hamon, the blood groove, the tang...
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How to distinguish real and fake clay tempered blades

How to distinguish real and fake clay tempered blades

zhang 22/08/2018 0
The difference between real and fake hamon is actually to confirm the authenticity of the sword. Clay tempered is transmitted from the early Tang Dynasty. It is a forging process that is extremely important in the process of forging swords from ancient times.  Generally speaking, the cutter is covered with clay and have a quenching process. This ca...
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Kamasu-Kissaki (Straight) Sword Blade

Kamasu-Kissaki (Straight) Sword Blade

zhang 20/08/2018 0
Kamasu refers to a kind of fish with a long beak. So called because its shape resembles the head of the fish. This kissaki type having virtually no curvature in the fukura is a very early form. The line from the start of the kissaki to the top of it is almost straight. Such a kissaki is especially called "kamasu-" even if the kissaki is long or sho...
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Types of Traditional Chinese Dao Sword

Types of Traditional Chinese Dao Sword

zhang 17/08/2018 0
Dao (刀) are single-edged Chinese swords, primarily used for slashing and chopping. Single-edged blades had been used in China as early as the Shang Dynasty and the dao has taken several variations throughout the different dynasties.  Chinese Broadsword Chinese broadsword is single-edged Chinese sword Dao with wider blade. In kungfu, it usually is a...
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The Decorative Sword vs. The Functional Sword

The Decorative Sword vs. The Functional Sword

zhang 15/08/2018 2
The decorative sword and the functional sword are produced differently for their intended purpose. This article is to explain how we determine which swords are safe to use and which swords are best left on the wall.  1. Type of Steel :  Anything made of stainless steel is not a real sword but a decorative 'sword, the decorative sword is to be a dis...
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