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Old 06-07-2006, 07:35 AM   #1
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what length katana is right for me?

I am interested in purchasing a Katana for cutting practise but there are many variations of size, blade length and length of tsuka. I can't help but think if there is a rule of thump when it comes to buying the correct Katana for ones height
I am 5"9 and of medium build the Katana I am interested in is the (Paul chen) practical pro, but with a blade length of 29.5 inches and a tsuka of 15 inches, I cant help but think it might be a bit big for me.
Any advice would be appreciated
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Old 06-07-2006, 08:40 AM   #2
Yann Golanski
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Re: what length katana is right for me?

Why nopt get a Buster sword or its updated version instead?

A real answer would be: hold the katana in your right hand with it along your leg. The tip of the sword should touch the floor.

The people who understand, understand prefectly.
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Old 06-07-2006, 10:28 AM   #3
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Re: what length katana is right for me?

Hi Yann
Thank you for the enlightment.
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Old 06-07-2006, 11:24 AM   #4
Ron Tisdale
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Re: what length katana is right for me?

Uh, the REAL answer (TM), is ASK YOUR TEACHER. Especially if you are doing tamashigiri, you should have a qualified instructor to guide you. The style of sword work will make a difference in how you draw, which will affect the sword length your teacher prefers. Please be safe.


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Old 06-07-2006, 04:46 PM   #5
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Re: what length katana is right for me?

Iaido-l is a good place to ask. They discussed something similiar quite recently.

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Old 06-08-2006, 12:14 PM   #6
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Re: what length katana is right for me?

the question is are you right for the katana?

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Old 06-08-2006, 02:03 PM   #7
Mark Uttech
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Re: what length katana is right for me?

I am speaking of a bokken rather than a katana, but when considering the length, you should hold it in your right hand and the tip should pass over your foot. I use this formula for bokken length as regards child students. I use it for myself as well. If the length needs to be shortened, I advise that the blade end be shortened, rathjer than the hilt end.
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Old 06-09-2006, 10:56 AM   #8
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Re: what length katana is right for me?

Hi thank you all for your comments and good advise I appreciate the enlightment
I know I should ask " if I am right for the Katana " but as there are no dealers where I live and I will need to purchase over the internet I will to some existent be taking an educated guess
thanks again
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