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Old 12-26-2004, 11:37 PM   #13
Bronson
 
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Re: I don't want to dismember my opponents.

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Thomas Dixon wrote:
...an Iaito that can cost up to $300
Actually, the cheapest one I've found (it's the one I have...for now) is around $230 U.S. It's at the bottom of THIS page.


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You might as well get a Paul Chen Practical Katana Generation 5 from http://imperialweapons.com for $180. As it's a shinken, and a decent one as well.
Well, it's sharp at least. I'm not sure but there are probably some weird rules as to what can actually be called a shinken. I own a Practical Plus Katana and I don't know if I'd go so far as to call it decent. It's functional--I haul it out when we do tameshigiri, but I don't think it would be all that great for regular iaido practice.

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I think that a sword could be used as martial as it once was,
I don't know who said it, but it goes something like: "The jawbone of an ass is just as deadly a weapon now as it was 10,000 years ago."

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the only reason to continue practice of sword arts are to better oneself, and tradition.
That's not the only reason. My woman thinks it's sexy

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I love Japanese sword arts.
THE most compelling reason to study them (or anything really)

Bronson

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