Post by Lord Wudious on Jan 19, 2006 23:51:47 GMT 8
The standard size for a Japanese sword, is a blade longer than 2 shaku (61 cm). Ususally it is called a katana. However, the term 'katana' is often misapplied: a sword is only a katana if it is worn blade-up through a belt-sash called an obi (these 'katana' averaged 65 cm in blade length). If it is suspended by cords from a belt, it is called 'tachi' (average blade length of 75 cm)the tachi is worn cutting edge down.
(one shaku= about 11.93 inches) So if the sword which you saw in the store is about 26 to 30 inches... I'd say that is the right size.
Eh, neat collection. I spot Saito in front of Vol16-17. How many chracters are there in the complete collection for the figurines? I like how the cloth creases and flows on their clothes, especially the character in wihte coat in front of Vol 1-3. Do you wrap the books in plastic covers? Looks glossy.. (Or am I the only person who does that to all my books and comics? )
In each set, there are suppose to be 5 figures. Due to lack of space, i could only put so many. Bonus is out so, will buy the same cupboard but with bigger space from Ikea!!! So, there should be 15 figures (3 sets were released). And yes, i have ALL 15!!!
Zan, that would be Aoshi Shinomori, leader of the Oniwabanshu gang, who later betrayed his principles and who will later make another turn in his life!
Yes, my books are wrapped up nicely. So you'r not the only one!!!
Well, technically a tachi is very different to a katana due to its very long dramatically curved tsuka with its blade length between 2.5 to 3.5 feet. Even then length may not necessarily be a good guide to differentiate the two because some tachi may only be slightly longer than a katana while some ceremonial types can reach to ridiculous length (re: odachi). To most layman, it is pretty hard to differentiate the two other than how they were worn and the fittings on it. It is a mostly ceremonial/court sword by the 16th century when the katana was favoured amongst the samurai.
Personally I think the tachi is a great weapon when you are on horseback but can be bloody awkward when you are landbound... and especially if you have the natural height of a dwarf like moi.
I haven't quite seen any decent replica tachis around here... mostly the only blades sold at antique stores are katana and quite often paired up with matching wakizashis.
RM150 sounds like a steal... does it carry an edge? Or it is the usual decorative item with moderate to baaaad balance?
Post by Lord Wudious on Jan 20, 2006 15:00:36 GMT 8
Darth Wudious, Salute to your knowledge on Japanese swords.
Thank you very much. You can say that I am a... Sword maniac. Anything from the Heron-marked blade of the Blademaster in The Wheel of Time to Anduril of The Lord of the Rings will surely attract my attention. ;D ;D
Hmmm... do you have one of the Heron-mark swords, Wudious? I know Museum Replicas offers it but I am slightly wary because it was made by Windlass Steelcrafts and while I have not really heard much about this particular company, people told me to avoid reenactment or decorative items sold by some Indian companies as they have pretty bad workmanship though awfully cheap. Would be ironic if a dodgy blade actually have a heron-mark on it!