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Lee Bray

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  1. Chris. You're a well respected member and this hound dogging of another well respected member will do you no favours.

    I say this with respect for you and in the knowledge that I just shot myself in the foot...


    Debate, discussion, and the sharing of opinions- that is what a forum is for, isn't it? I'm not looking for favours, frankly, I am more interested in truth. I have stated my opinion, Darcy has stated his. I don't see the problem but I thank you for your concern.


    Debating the mindset of the forger from possibly centuries ago is a great pastime but not for me.

  2. Daikon are also used almost exclusively for cleaning soft metals prior to patination.

    Perhaps this theme is the artists way of saying thank you to the humble radish for doing such a sterling job in the workshop.

  3. I was just getting on here to sign my name before someone lectured me,looks like you beat me to it, I would hope folks could loosin up a little and have a good time, fun times. I stopped collecting wiI always sign my posts, my comments were to the poster, trying to tell him to trust his own judgement and research. Jeremy


    You've been here for over a year with 97 posts so I think Mariusz was correct to pull you up on the name thing.

    That's what makes this place a little easier to loosen up and have a good time...knowing that we're all known amongst each other as many of us know each other off the board.



    As for the sword, Hoanh has the facts.

  4. I won't say gimei or not but a trait of Tadakuni was to shape his nakago with a very slight kink on the ha side.

    I've circled the area I mean in the last pic you posted.

    This kink is present on the nakago of your sword.



  5. I missed the shipping blurb, Stephen.

    If they are shipping from Hong Kong, I wonder if the items are here(if there are any items)?

    It's unlikely they'd ship them from Tibet to HK then onto wherever it maybe, though that would explain the $120 shipping fees.

    As for their statement, "because customs Does not allow express mail shipped sharp weapon , so I can only provide the hong kong Post SAL (surface Air Lifted) shipped service, is about 30 days to arrive." - that's nonsense.

    I've shipped plenty of sharp weapons internationally using regular airmail and there are no problems. I shipped a naginata to Canada recently and it took eight days.

    Perhaps they are in Tibet where international shipping is restricted, therefore using HK as a hub. It seems we are a magnet for that as large shipments of new ivory have been found coming through our ports and into mainland China.


    It could be possible to contact the relevant gov authorities over here...ha ha ha...just kidding...

    Wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if our Chief Executive got 5% for every fake sold...

  6. ..what I doubt is that the warlords would have issued such an order when they perfectly knew that there were virtually no chances of success.


    Even using ladders only worked against depleted or insufficient garrisons. Using hooks and ropes would have been just suicide as long as the defenders had anything to throw at the attackers.


    How about sending 100 samurai at the front wall with ladders while slipping 10 men round the back with grapples?


    Beeston castle, near my familys home, is situated on a large hill, one side of which is vertical rock face. The area above the rockface was not as well defended as the rest of the castle. In the English civil war, eight men scaled that rockface in the middle of the night and took the entire castle. Would you have given that order or led the assault?

    War is war, not logic.


    Kam seems to have the way of it. A multi use tool. Maybe some were made for a specific task, hard to say.

    That Ron's piece is well made and 'customised' with a mon may just be down to individual taste - some of us use custom made knives while others are happy with production pieces.


    Good topic, Ron.


  7. I can understand using grappling hooks to scale walls during surprise attacks at night, probably wrapped in some sort of cloth to avoid making too much noise. But in such a scenario I guess that the chain wouldn't be used, they would go for the setup that John posted in a photo a few messages ago.


    The grappling hook and chain combo makes perfect sense in naval warfare, where you don't want the rope to be instantly cut by the enemy while you try to drag the enemy boat's rigging.


    I see what you mean, now.

    I'm not sure cloth wraps would cover much noise from a pound of steel hitting your roof or wall, especially as those points scrape across the surface before finding purchase.


    I don't see why it couldn't be multi purpose. "Hey, Mr.Wall climbing/ship snaring Samurai - your house is on fire!"


  8. It seems from what has been explained and from pics of kaginawa that the main problem is the chain.


    I'm a rigger and have used grapples and climbed more rope than is good for you...or me, anyway, which is why my back is broken nowadays.

    The short chain is no problem to throw whatsoever. It is fairly necessary to make a safe grapple.

    You have almost zero control where the grapple places itself, so it is very unlikely to land on the outside lip of the wall which is the only safe place a chainless grapple could hold. Rope running over the edge of a wall is worn away very quickly under the erratic force of a climber: it's not a smooth force, it's jerking up and down and from side to side. Without a chain, hemp rope would part very quickly.


    No offence to your 'expert', I like him, but if he wants to comment anonymously, he should change the background to his photos...


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