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The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-08-05 07:42
  Subject:   Think I found my sword...
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http://www.imperialweapons.com/swords/Gen2/IP-025.html

Length is just about right. Quality is supposed to be good (notice the dual-pegged handle). I like the aesthetics (nice chu-o-kissaki) reasonably. It competes well with a Paul Chen "Practical Plus" on price. There were some reasonably good reviews (if a bit unsophisticated) at swordforum.com.

I don't particularly like the bo-hi (spine groove to lighten the blade; also weakens it slightly). Blade is a bit wide for my taste, and doubtless little niku. I'm sure the polish and blade finish is not what it could be. I'd prefer traditional cotton wrappings on the handle instead of suede. But for the price I won't complain one bit about any of these. I would complain about how apparently a couple years ago they were using fake rayskin beneath the handle wrappings, and also made the fuchi (top handle collar) out of horn instead of metal so it was breaking under heavy use. But both these are apparently corrected now. It's not a folded blade, but with modern steel chemistry and the ability of swordsmiths to buy chemically uniform steel billets with precisely the carbon content they want, there's no real need to fold blades any more.

It's still a bit of a beater, but that's exactly what I'm after. If I was going to get a really great sword, I'd be buying a Bugei Dragonfly, or just calling up Howard Clark for an L6 super-kat. This is a pretty good compromise. I can still cut tatami (or even thistles), but if I screw up and break the sword because I suck (which I do), then it's not a thousand dollars down the tubes.

These seem to be a pretty tough sword to find. Usual web searches didn't turn up anything; it took several days of looking. IW should maybe spend some more money on advertising. Well, right after I get mine, natch! Cuz if these were better known, they'd probably be able to charge a lot more for them...
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  User: nickhalfasleep
  Date: 2006-08-05 08:03 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
Breaking under heavy use? Do these people have to unsheath the blade and kill ninjas intruders often?
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-08-05 08:20 (UTC)
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By "heavy use" I guess I mean things that are normally considered "abuse" - using it to chop up 2x4's or trees. Katanas are made to cut people; they are not axes. They're specifically made heavy enough to cut up any human being you run across, but not harder stuff. If you want to cut wood, that's what we have chainsaws for. Swords are for bamboo mats, boneless side of beef, that kind of stuff. (Hopefully I will never be in a position to need to cut a person. I've owned a gun for several years now without getting anywhere near the need to shoot anyone, so I'm pretty confident my weaponry toys are purely for recreation and never for violence.)
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  User: nickhalfasleep
  Date: 2006-08-05 16:33 (UTC)
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So will you join the NRA? National Ronin Association?

There needs to be a group that distributes stickers to place on your door like the other NRA does, that mention "The resident of this place enjoys collecting very sharp swords that they can't use unless someone like you breaks in".

I assume the "make my day" law covers swords as well as guns.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-08-05 20:25 (UTC)
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That would be the MRA. ;] ("We pledge to... uh... be masterless. And stuff.")

And yes, Colorado's "Make My Day" law means I can kill intruders into my apartment with impunity. I'd prefer not to, though. I mean, blood on the carpet is so tough to get out! Generally if you menace someone with a sword they tend to turn and run. That's the way I like it. No point in killing some poor junkie who's just looking for a $20 pawn shop item so he can buy his next bottle of Night Train.
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Alex Belits
  User: abelits
  Date: 2006-08-07 04:26 (UTC)
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But wouldn't "masterless ronin" be redundant?
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-08-07 07:07 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
"Modern" Ronin Assoc.
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dpcfmander
  User: dpcfmander
  Date: 2006-08-05 18:20 (UTC)
  Subject:   (no subject)
"So will you join the NRA? National Ronin Association?"

Ahahahaha! I must need more caffeine; that is just too funny.

Oh yea, nice sword there. I hope you can find one to buy.
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Ben Cantrick
  User: mackys
  Date: 2006-08-05 20:25 (UTC)
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No worries there, they're in stock.
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