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Taildragger
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"toxic masculinity personified"
Sep 9th, 2017 06:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No aspirations for knighthood or desire to cleave anyone, then, Mr.'Tree?

Taildragger
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"toxic masculinity personified"
Sep 9th, 2017 06:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My hounds only weigh 12 and 18 pounds, so perhaps I should just just cross a couple of letter openers over a hibachi and call it good...

BbendFender
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About as ordinary as you can get.
Sep 9th, 2017 06:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I used to own a replica Civil War sword that had a tag on it "Universal Studios". It looked real.

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Sep 9th, 2017 07:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Closest I've ever come to having a sword was a panga (machete) about 24" long, and I used it in a jungle adventure down south. It was supremely functional.

Taildragger
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"toxic masculinity personified"
Sep 9th, 2017 07:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I know there's a couple guys who make knives here. Guess I thought maybe it might be like electric bass players who wind up wanting and upright...

reverendrob
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our time in hell
Sep 9th, 2017 08:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If we're talking SAS, I *do* have a thing for roller-locked Eurotrash rifles.


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Enjoy Every Popsicle
Sep 9th, 2017 08:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

new Texas law.... carry any Blade y'all want (as of sept 1).....

Taildragger
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"toxic masculinity personified"
Sep 9th, 2017 09:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Somehow, I don't think that basket-hilt would easily fall into the "concealed carry" category.

"Are you just glad t'see me, or are y'gettin' ready t'cut me from appetite t'thirst?"

tom l
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Chuck Finley is forever.
Sep 10th, 2017 07:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nothing like that fine specimen, but this one hangs above my desk in the den. It's purely fantasy costume, no real edge.

My sword

hushnel
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Sep 10th, 2017 08:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Only one I have is 1860s Confederate Artillery Saber.

Taildragger
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"toxic masculinity personified"
Sep 10th, 2017 08:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A good sword just makes an already-manly man look even more manly...

...even in a dress:

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CO2 ... is there anything it can't do?
Sep 10th, 2017 11:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've always wanted a Japanese Katana -- not the ones you can buy at the crap stores in the mall or from that creep on the Home Shopping Channel, but a functional sword made by a modern craftsman.

Mind you -- this would be just for display. My neighbors already think I'm a little off -- they don't need to see me in the back yard in black pajamas murdering watermelons.

I've done some researching over the years to see what's out there, but I just end up with a headache. I'll eventually focus and find something I like.

And of course, I'd love to have a Civil War (preferably Confederate) saber. Oddly, these never seem to turn up in my local second hand or antique stores.

Mikeyguitar
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THAT...IS...RIGHT!
Sep 10th, 2017 11:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So while we're on the topic - any of you guys watch "Forged in Fire"?
I had no interest in that stuff...but now I look forward to the show. Interesting process, how they make the swords and weapons and such.

Taildragger
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"toxic masculinity personified"
Sep 10th, 2017 01:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've watched a few episodes and yeah, it's interesting. I got roped into doing some blacksmithing as part one of our daughter's grade school history project at Yosemite Pioneer Village.

Those genuine Katanas are functional works of art. Stunningly beautiful. I would expect a really good one would cost many $K.

(This message was last edited by Taildragger at 04:08 PM, Sep 10th, 2017)

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Sep 10th, 2017 01:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

NoSoap, you reminded me of a couple Katana blades I ordered from a U.S. forge years ago, made with 440. I haven't come across them since I moved up to the farm, that means their still in the covered trailer with source materials I haven't organized yet. Have see if I can locate them.

Chances are pretty good I'll forget all about them after this hurricane hits later tonight "o)

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Sep 10th, 2017 02:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a couple of Chinese practice swords. The dao is the curved single edged blade, and the jien is straight with a double edge. I've enjoyed learning how to use them but don't practice with them much these days. The dao is basically a big machete for hacking and slashing, and the jien employs very different more subtle techniques which take a lot longer to learn.

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CO2 ... is there anything it can't do?
Sep 10th, 2017 02:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^^ Yep -- I was talking about the tool steel blades that are being made now -- not the ones made in the old Japanese tradition.

As I recall, very good modern steel blades are available for a couple-few hundred bucks.

I know that there are still craftsmen out there making blades as they did 5-6 hundred years ago -- and IMO, they are well worth the multi thousand dollar price tag they fetch.

It seems an insult for a guy like me to want one of these masterpieces to sit atop my crappy mantel.

Taildragger
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"toxic masculinity personified"
Sep 10th, 2017 05:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Awhile back, there was a PBS documentary on one of the great, old, Japanese swordsmiths who was still active back then. He was revered and institutionalized as a "national treasure" at that time: subsidized by the government, if memory serves.

He did the whole nine yards: folding the steel over and over and over, painting clay on the blade during tempering, etc.. His swords would wind up with an extremely flexible spine and a harder edge like a freakin' razor.

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Sep 10th, 2017 07:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I saw that, great show and I'm not a sword guy. They talked about the physics involved that made it so hard while retaining a sharp edge.

Taildragger
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"toxic masculinity personified"
Sep 10th, 2017 07:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think it was something about painting the clay on the blade in different thicknesses during tempering. This caused different parts of the blade to heat and cool at different rates and to different degrees, which affected how hard or flexible different parts of the blade turned out.

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