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Old 10-12-2000, 04:00 AM   #20
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Cool blood everywhere!

I would agree that sharpening a live blade is definately a bad idea, and playing with a live blade long enough guarantees an injury.

A novel alternative to the scaryness of a live blade is a nice thick red marker pen. Although it doesn't have the feel of a tanto it is useful to demonstrate just how difficult it is to avoid being cut in a realistic situation. If people are afraid of staining their gi, it can be done on a special evening where people wear old white T-shirts.

(Whether the philosophy of accepting death as part of life should also extend to accepting a stained gi as part of training is another question).

Ian
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