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JH Lee

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  1. Looks like something from Fred Chen/Huanuo/Dynasty.
  2. I have been a student of JSA for 22 years. The vast majority of my practice is still done with a simple bokken. For iai kata, a Japanese-made iaito from alloy is more than sufficient. For tameshigiri, there are also tons of good options, none of which involve using an antique. In those 2 decades, I have met many hundreds of other students of the sword. NONE -- not a single student, regardless of skill -- would contemplate using an antique sword of this caliber for any kind of training. The oldest blade I've seen used in JSA context were some WW2-era showato and gendaito, and even that very, very rarely. Antique nihonto are finite in supply. There are no more being made. Arguably, they are getting fewer in number every year due to amateur "polishing," poor preservation techniques, neglect, theft, abuse, etc. Please heed the well-intended advice and feedback you're getting and not use an antique for training. It's just unnecessary and not a good way to preserve these irreplaceable works of art.
  3. What a lovely package. Could someone please enlighten me what makes this a "boy's sword" (which I assume means "made for a child") and not simply a wakizashi?
  4. I second this. Very helpful and professional.
  5. There has to be some kind of dishonest (fraudulent?) software the seller is using that drives up the bids on his items. It's just so weird and unbelievable that all of his stuff always gets so many bids. Just my opinion.
  6. I like that seller. And I like that wakizashi.
  7. BEAUTIFUL blade. I love absolutely everything about this, including the koshirae! Congratulations 👏
  8. Yes. Lesson learned. It was the first and hopefully the last time I do something preventable and stupid to one of my blades.
  9. I was cleaning a modern custom blade a few months ago, not really paying attention (watching a video at the same time tbh), and scratched the blade badly with the uchiko. And that was a very tough W2 tool monosteel blade. So, yeah... definitely caution and care needed before applying it to an actual nihonto.
  10. I prefer the term "craptana" myself... 🤔
  11. Looks purdy to me~ <3
  12. Looks o-suriage to me. In the past, I would have shied away from such slender blades, but when they are well preserved, I have learned to appreciate their individual elegance.
  13. Not surprised this one went fast. What an extraordinarily low asking price for such a decent package!
  14. It's bad enough that the purveyors of craptana/chinatana continue to spread ignorance and dilute the market.... now they're just engaging in willful STUPIDITY out of greed.
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