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Re: My new sword

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:40 pm
by Geordie Ross
Spring Forest wrote:
Moon wrote:
Spring Forest wrote:Are there any good polishers of Japanese blades in the UK?
For a modern production Japanese style blade?...No. :|
That's point one... thanks.
Check your saya! If there is rust in your saya previously then all this will be for naught, if not removed.
I've taken a vacuum cleaner to it... truly frightening... the amount of crud that came out of it!
depending on what sort of oils used either paul chen sword oil or a.n.other the blade dose tend to take on a reddish purple hue after a day or two so you get the same effect as oil on a wet road sort of rainbow effect the colour gose as soon as you wipe the oil off the blade? just a thought
Dawn at 12.30pm. I think part of my paranoia was colour being picked up by the oil when in the blade was in the saya.

So the next question... and I can feel my ring going tight here... is this a Chen blade?

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All the other photos of Raptor's that have been posted show hi's and hamon's and this has neither. Personally, whatever it is I'm still enamoured of the darned thing, but it would be nice to know. Is it a composite, or the real thing? [ Please ignore the books. I'm not trying to brag they just happened to be on table ].
Its a hanwei sword, technically its a James Williams blade, none of the raptors have a hamon, and each has a different blade style, the raptor you have doesn't have a bo-hi its the biggest heavyset blade that the raptor series has, I love the geometry of it.

Re: My new sword

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:18 pm
by the blade master
aye its a raptor for sure its the shinogi zukuri katana

the other two are the unokubi zukuri (the one withe the nub otherwise known as the cormorants neck
and the moroha zukuri (known as the little crow) some folkes know it as the one with the spear point tip

Re: My new sword

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:08 pm
by Dotanuki2K
bobO wrote:A proper sword and a good purchase, hope to have the same one in my collection some day.
Actually no, it's not a proper sword.
The entire raptor series of blades was made for the backyard cutter.
To serious practitioners and collectors of the japanese sword this is really quite evident.
I'm not trying to sound elitist here, just stating a fact.
Yes, this James Williams selling out to commercialism and the backyard cutting craze.
These swords were made for the people who like to chop stuff up in their backyard, a serious JSA instructor would never reccomend them for serious training.

Re: My new sword

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:34 pm
by Spring Forest
the blade master wrote:aye its a raptor for sure its the shinogi zukuri katana

the other two are the unokubi zukuri (the one withe the nub otherwise known as the cormorants neck
and the moroha zukuri (known as the little crow) some folkes know it as the one with the spear point tip
Well that put a top on the Guinness... ney,ney, and then a reassurrance... you are correct ~ I've seen the images, thank you... is it a Chen blade!!?

Re: My new sword

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:47 pm
by Dotanuki2K
bobO wrote:Yes it is a Paul Chen blade made in association with James Williams. No it is not a proper Katana of course but a proper sword in the sense that it will cut a body in half with a half way decent chance of not breaking is what I mean. No bohi, which I like and a beefy blade, which I like. OH and also made with a good steel and a decent heat treat from what I hear, perfect for cutting buckets, hehehe For the record I rarely if ever argue with Dotanuki, even after 40 yrs of doing this I will never reach his level of skill or knowledge, I don't fight battles I know I can't win.
Who knows BobO? Maybe if Spring Forest cuts some spackle buckets with this sword it might remove the rust! LOL !!

Re: My new sword

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:02 pm
by Spring Forest
bobO wrote:I don't fight battles I know I can't win.
You've already won that battle.

My tai chi instructor said "in order to win a fight you have to be able to run faster than your opponent". ;) 'Nuff said.

Edited because my neighbour is driving me up the wall with his hammering... and I mis-spelt "won" [ I'm an Anglo Saxon don't you know ]

Re: My new sword

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:04 pm
by Spring Forest
Thank you guys. It wouldn't have mattered anyway... this is a beautiful blade whoever made it. Nice to know though.

Re: My new sword

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:06 pm
by Geordie Ross
In order to win a fight, you have to run faster than I can throw a brick. :mrgreen:

Re: My new sword

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 2:18 pm
by Spring Forest
Geordie Ross wrote:In order to win a fight, you have to run faster than I can throw a brick. :mrgreen:
Oh you Vikings crack me up!

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Looking good... feeling better

Re: My new sword

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:07 pm
by Dotanuki2K
Spring Forest wrote:
Geordie Ross wrote:In order to win a fight, you have to run faster than I can throw a brick. :mrgreen:
Oh you Vikings crack me up!

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Looking good... feeling better
LOL, just by being that close to all that fruit was probably enough to start the blade oxidizing right back up again.

Re: My new sword

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:20 pm
by Geordie Ross
Yea fruit ninja is best on the iPhone, a forum member cut an orange with a practical plus and the acid wrecked the finish on the blade, but the photographer in me says nice touch.
PS you may want to investor in some renaissance wax in the sword maintenance section, it incredible for rust prevention and leaves a nice glassy finish, it also prevents fingerprints from sticking.