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    Yi Tang
  1. Well I also do photography so I have a couple dozen Leica’s, ditto for Hasselblad 503 and rolleiflex 2.8F, and my fair share of Linhof together with a couple hundred lenses for the different formats listed above. But I do not see myself as a collector, more a user as I still try to use my cameras as much as I can. Other than that I have a healthy collection of antique or not tea set and tea pots, with mostly black tea
  2. Very interesting reading..... put things in perspective
  3. Dear fellow member, I just got myself a last minute, half work related trip to New York and decided to spend a couple more days to visit. Any recommendations for any Nihonto related book stores, museums, antique shops or even flea market? Ray here already very kindly pointed me to a couple museums, big thanks, Ray.
  4. Thanks to everyone for your input. while there are different views on how and when to use shinken for practice, using old nihonto is a big no no. And I have learnt quite a bit in the process.
  5. Thanks Dave and Ken and everyone. I’ll follow my dojo rules and your advice. Still, and to go back to this impertinent and frivolous thread of mine, I for one still use antique cameras when it comes to that, or ride in antique cars. Granted, they are only 50 or so odd years old, but it helps to explain my curiosity in the matter....
  6. So I understand it’s a more or less resounding no...... Now a follow up question, would the same apply to Gendaito or Mantetsu? If my questions seem offensive to some of our fellow members, please be assured it’s not my intention to offend, i am just curious to know. Thanks TY
  7. Ken, you are absolutely right, in our dojo we need to be 5th Dan or above to qualify using shinken. Unfortunately I still have a long way to go to achieve that.....
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