Please send me the information about the classes you taught at pennsic.
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> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=900187853Well, it is legitimately a piece of steel ^_^
> Alcyoneus/Kondei Ichimusai Niten
However, there us no signature, no traditional wrappings, the "tang" looks
to be welded onto the blade, as does the tsuba (guard piece). The blade is
covered with blemishes, there are 3 mekugi-ana (post holes), etc, etc.
It's not worth much, however it is 5ft long, which means it is technically a
"nodachi". Which I've been trying to find a replica of, but this one looks
like one of the mass produced tourist trap swords from the late 40s and 50s.
I had found a website that sold replica nodachi... but the month later their
site was gone and their number disconnecte heh. :/
You can bet that there is no hamon... hidden or otherwise. The only thing
"samurai sword" about this is it's shape.
As far as this sword goes, you would be better off having a machine shop or
a person you know cut some steel stock into the shape of a katana.
I, personally, would not pay more than $50 for this, including shipping.
If I sound demeanative, please don't take it personally, it just frustraits
me when companies/people post stuff like this as "samurai sword" and etc. :(
It is folks like that who make the whole business of collecting or even
admiring geniune samurai swords a difficault one.
I recently had the honor to hold and SWING a genuine Nagamitsu (though I do
not recall now if it was the original Nagamitsu, or his son's, either way
very nice) blade that a friend of mine ackwired... and my goodness, the
balance as a cutting blade is outstanding... makes my blades look like
butter knives... then he put it back into his air tightened vault hehe.
- I will definitely be at the Samurai Chef class, it sounds yummy!
(Please excuse me though, the image of John Belushi with a katana
keeps popping up in my brain.) ;)
Since we are talking about classes, I would like to throw my two
cents in about Pennsic education this summer:
In honor of the art of warfare, my fellow presenters and I are
offering a demonstration on the techniques of prisoner restraint in
Title of Class- Hojojutsu: Prisoner Restraint in Medieval Japan
Description- A demonstration of period prisoner restraint, including
different levels of severity, binding as torture for interrogation,
and the social ramifications of captivity.
I hope to present this class on the Monday or Tuesday of War Week in
the evening. It has been a great deal of fun researching and
putting this class together, and I hope many of you will come and
share our enthusiasm!
~ Minamoto no Taikawa