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by Nik
Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:42 pm
Forum: Sword Care & Maintenance
Topic: Lengthening a Tang on a Sanmai into a Two-hander?
Replies: 5
Views: 4841

Re: Lengthening a Tang on a Sanmai into a Two-hander?

Something on welding, from Michael Pearce on http://www.sword-manufacturers-guide.com/good-sword.html: Welded tangs are another issue- often the screw-thread of any kind of tang is welded on. There is nothing wrong with this in and of itself if the welds are of good quality and the weld is 'normaliz...
by Nik
Thu Jan 26, 2012 1:26 pm
Forum: Sword Care & Maintenance
Topic: Putting Together Huanuo Jian Without Fittings
Replies: 14
Views: 17934

Re: Putting Together Huanuo Jian Without Fittings

A rat tail is afaik an english term for the german "Gewindestange", which my current dictionary translates as "drop rod; threaded rod; studding". If that is a different thing, sorry. However, I came along some constructions from czech make on medieval european swords, which held up for years. But in...
by Nik
Wed Dec 28, 2011 7:52 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Custom Meteorite Jian Project
Replies: 32
Views: 19180

Re: Custom Meteorite Jian Project

Shark skin and ray skin look very different, this "pearl line" doesn't exist on a shark as far as I know.

http://easyflow1997.blogspot.com/2010/1 ... -skin.html

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by Nik
Tue Dec 27, 2011 10:39 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Custom Meteorite Jian Project
Replies: 32
Views: 19180

Re: Custom Meteorite Jian Project

No no, I meant the black one only. I don't think the custom maker cheat like that. My fake one looks real, but where the foil is cut, or where scratches damaged the foil, you can see it's not real skin. And I specifically ordered a sample of REAL ray skin, but got this one. Woohoo.
by Nik
Sun Dec 25, 2011 11:24 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Custom Meteorite Jian Project
Replies: 32
Views: 19180

Re: Custom Meteorite Jian Project

Looks good. Is that also true rayskin on the Peony, or is that one of the water transfer printed plastic foils I also got from China as "real rayskin" ?
by Nik
Thu Dec 08, 2011 6:44 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Custom Meteorite Jian Project
Replies: 32
Views: 19180

Re: Custom Meteorite Jian Project

I'll see if my agent is still around, I lost contact since I didn't import anything for more than a year. However, don't believe everything you're told. I heard ridiculous stories about how high certain things are priced to "all foreigners", and later got the stuff for less than a TENTH of what was ...
by Nik
Thu Dec 08, 2011 8:37 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Custom Meteorite Jian Project
Replies: 32
Views: 19180

Re: Custom Meteorite Jian Project

You should be looking for highest quality cord, not off-the-shelve stuff. The grip feeling should be very well and the wrapping durable, this was not the case with the usual wrapping I got from China. But there are better ones. You can probably take any cord with the right thickness and width, it do...
by Nik
Mon Nov 28, 2011 4:17 pm
Forum: Sword Care & Maintenance
Topic: Lengthening a Tang on a Sanmai into a Two-hander?
Replies: 5
Views: 4841

Re: Lengthening a Tang on a Sanmai into a Two-hander?

If you make sure that the handle is securely fixed to the existing tang, and the tang is not poorely made, you don't have to lengthen the tang. Just make a tightly fitting wooden handle out of a hardwood, and bolt it to the tang. If necessary with 2 bolts. The pommel can be fixed to the handle with ...
by Nik
Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:50 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: blade attempt, 16.5" yanmaodao
Replies: 7
Views: 4074

Re: blade attempt, 16.5" yanmaodao

The dark pattern is a question of steels used. I remember to have seen old, very dark blades on jian, but I don't know what exactly they have been. http://www.chinesearms.com/chinesearms/001/jian/ws1618/DSC00817.JPG From: http://www.chinesearms.com/ The white lines are in this case martensit, from h...
by Nik
Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:52 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: blade attempt, 16.5" yanmaodao
Replies: 7
Views: 4074

Re: blade attempt, 16.5" yanmaodao

You have three choices: - custom made ones (Charles) - chinese imports (may be difficult to get and can cost anywhere between $5 and $100) - get a sample and have them replicated with the lost wax, rubber model or sand method as a small series I don't know Charles prices, but if they're in reach, th...
by Nik
Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:53 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: blade attempt, 16.5" yanmaodao
Replies: 7
Views: 4074

Re: blade attempt, 16.5" yanmaodao

For an "attempt", it looks pretty good. Out of my belly, I'd think the arc on the front side is too strong and too long, I seem to remember a lesser curve on such blades. Yanmadao by definition are almost straight up to close to the tip, where the arc begins. See: http://www.derech.net/taichi_sword_...
by Nik
Tue Nov 15, 2011 6:20 am
Forum: Sword Care & Maintenance
Topic: Can I get a few opinions?
Replies: 3
Views: 1821

Re: Can I get a few opinions?

I can only tell you my gut feeling, and this is, it isn't a fake, although not being too old. But it seems to be a sword that, albeit well forged from the shape, was never finished. Meaning, it was fabricated up to the hardening, but never polished, as the surface has deep marks from rough grinding....
by Nik
Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:01 pm
Forum: Sword Care & Maintenance
Topic: Re-attaching Pommel Cap
Replies: 3
Views: 1884

Re: Re-attaching Pommel Cap

The mouth of the cap figure seems to be predestined to drill a hole through it and a bit into the handle, and use a simple wooden or metal pin, or a screw to fix it.
by Nik
Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:31 am
Forum: Sword Care & Maintenance
Topic: Putting Together Huanuo Jian Without Fittings
Replies: 14
Views: 17934

Re: Putting Together Huanuo Jian Without Fittings

Of course you can weld a lot. However, you can also do a lot wrong with welding, and then the connection is NOT durable. Notoriously, chinese makers weld together car exhausts in a crude fashion, and then it holds up against the cars vibrations for like 5000 miles - and falls apart. Selling a welded...