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by Graham Cave
Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:19 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: blade attempt, 16.5" yanmaodao
Replies: 7
Views: 3803

Re: blade attempt, 16.5" yanmaodao

kevin (the prof) wrote: If anyone wants to make a set of simple fittings to go with this blade, or can suggest someone, please let me know.

For custom fittings, I can't think of a better maker than Charles Wu
by Graham Cave
Sun Oct 16, 2011 11:15 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: were shorter jian common before 19th-20 Century
Replies: 13
Views: 6149

Re: were shorter jian common before 19th-20 Century

Well, this pic shows accurate fittings you may be looking for, they are almost the same (minor differences in carving) on the Klingenmuseum one, in the private collection of a friend, and in some auctions I saw. Which means they're either a common style produced in some numbers during late Qing, or...
by Graham Cave
Wed Oct 20, 2010 8:48 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Chinese swordmanship in London, UK?
Replies: 9
Views: 3865

Re: Chinese swordmanship in London, UK?

good luck! The UK seems to be a very difficult place to be a swordsman in, due to the knee jerk political methods so commonly employed there. I would not be shocked to learn that many serious swordplayers in the UK are reluctant to be open about their practice, just so they can avoid unneeded scrut...
by Graham Cave
Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:30 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Chinese swordmanship in London, UK?
Replies: 9
Views: 3865

Re: Chinese swordmanship in London, UK?

Hi Fei Li, I'm afraid that I don't know of any Chinese sparring in the UK........but this is a question that more people have been asking me recently. In response to this, I am currently setting up some discussion boards to enable UK practitioners to talk to each other. The hope is that if we can ge...
by Graham Cave
Tue Sep 28, 2010 3:17 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: How to sell a sword to someone in the UK
Replies: 16
Views: 7254

Re: How to sell a sword to someone in the UK

You're welcome.

I hope all your swords pass though Customs without problem!
by Graham Cave
Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:20 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: How to sell a sword to someone in the UK
Replies: 16
Views: 7254

Re: How to sell a sword to someone in the UK

All antiques are exempt but you will probably have to prove they are antiques. This should be done by having them verified by an expert before you import them into the UK. Jian should be fine to import, even if they are new. Only curved swords were banned under the last amendments. You can purchase ...
by Graham Cave
Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:14 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 20796

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

Terminology and translation are perhaps not too important if one is learning a particular martial art from one instructor or from one school….but for anyone involved in research or writing books, being able to communicate ideas and facts to a wider audience in an unambiguous way is absolutely essent...
by Graham Cave
Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:11 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 20796

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

Shocking as it might sound, I actually have no problem with people dressing up in fake silks and gracefully waving floppy swords. This apparently modern phenomenon has roots stretching back way past the 20th century. Both Chinese opera and street performance have long held people enthralled with an ...
by Graham Cave
Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:08 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 20796

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

Scott M. Rodell wrote:I have to agree with all the praise Graham's mu jian receive... they see a lot of tough use around GRTC & stand up to it easily...
Thanks, that's great to hear...
by Graham Cave
Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:45 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 20796

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

Hi, thanks for all the kind remarks. I'm very pleased to hear that the new model can stand up to a good beating. This new model is aimed at experienced practitioners as well as beginners. Quite a number of them have expressed the desire for a lighter sword for everyday practice, and one that is suit...
by Graham Cave
Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:39 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 20796

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

Wow, Jon, how elloquent, thanks a lot, you spoke my heart, all with you! I second that ! Excellent post Jon, beautifully said. I am also in favour of using mudao and mujian . The terms are simple, accurately descriptive and linguistically correct. There is always something lost during language tran...
by Graham Cave
Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:58 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: 2010 TCSL Beginners' Tournament Prize Jian
Replies: 11
Views: 5341

Re: 2010 TCSL Beginners' Tournament Prize Jian

Well done Matt, Many Congratulations!
by Graham Cave
Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:41 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Another shield done
Replies: 9
Views: 4050

Re: Another shield done

The shield has arrived, and it's sitting here grinning at me as I write. I really couldn't be more pleased with it! I've tried seriously hard to find fault with it but I just can't........so instead, I'll point out a few of the details that make it exceptional. The overall shape of this shield is qu...
by Graham Cave
Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:50 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: How to sell a sword to someone in the UK
Replies: 16
Views: 7254

Re: How to sell a sword to someone in the UK

Citation: "We recognise it is the cheap, easily available samurai swords which are being used in crime and not the genuine, more expensive samurai swords which are of interest to collectors and martial art enthusiasts. As such as we are putting forward exemptions for these groups." The first Amendm...
by Graham Cave
Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:19 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: How to sell a sword to someone in the UK
Replies: 16
Views: 7254

Re: How to sell a sword to someone in the UK

I can find no mention of straight swords in the above amendments, only swords with curved blades: “The Criminal Justice Act 1988 (Offensive Weapons)(Amendment) Order 2008 (r) a sword with a curved blade of 50 centimetres or over in length; and for the purposes of this sub-paragraph, the length of th...