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Old 10-02-2009, 12:29 PM   #4
ChrisMoses
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Re: chisa katana vs kokatana

What does Nathan think?

Different schools of sword often have some way of determining the correct blade length for that style. How you use the sword (specific to your ryu-ha) determines its dimensions. For example, if I was do do Yanagi Ryu style kenjutsu, I would need a much longer tsuka than the Shinto Ryu that I do study. In some styles of Iai, the techniques call for a VERY long blade, but if you were to study Shindo Yoshin ryu, you would want a sword you could hold by your side and not touch the ground with.

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