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    AnAmNeSiS

    What an amazing site! I have been reading through many posts and the knowledge you people have is very impressive. I am very new to Nihonto collecting and I hope to learn more from everyone's expertise, especially on what makes a great sword different from a good one and the makers behind them. I currently own a Kai Gunto and I will post pictures of the tang in the future because I am having trouble figuring out who the smith is. Anyways, I am happy to be apart of this board. Tha...

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      13 Jan
    Carlo Giuseppe Tacchini

    I have a dream. I'm in a dark cavern watching a man that is placing a sword into a furnace. Then he beat it on the hanvil. Then he cools it down into water. I realize the smith is life, the fire, the anvil and the water are the ordeal she put on us. And the sword is me. THe harder the life beats me, the harder I become.

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      05 Jan
    MikeMuramasa

    New to NMB. Novice collector, own 2 Nihonto so far, wakizashi by Bizen smith Sukesada c1580-1650 and a mumei late Edo/Shinshinto wakizashi. Would love to one day own a tachi, any pre Showa type.

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    Gordon Sanders

    “Energy follows thought; no matter how hard we work or how much we know, we tend to rise to our assumed limits, and no higher.” ― Dan Millman, No Ordinary Moments: A Peaceful Warrior's Guide to Daily Life

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