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Old 07-06-2007, 02:22 PM   #17
Michael Hackett
Dojo: Kenshinkan Dojo (Aikido of North County) Vista, CA
Location: Oceanside, California
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 1,243
Re: Need some advice to order a katana

A somewhat related previously mentioned blade collector friend sent all of his blades to Japan for polishing and some for examination and papering. They would routinely be sent back in shirasaya, wrapped in layers of bubble wrap, then brown paper and a cardboard box. He was peeling the bubble wrap from a blade and sliced two fingers badly as the blade had cut through the bottom of the shirasaya during transit, exposing about a half inch of the kissaki. A trip to the ER, a hand specialist, and many sessions of physical therapy later, he is fully recovered, but very, very careful.

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