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by Aidan O'Brien
Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:38 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Terminology
Replies: 6
Views: 7554

Re: Terminology

Yes. But as I don't speak Mandarin (and it changes again with Cantonese) and am travelling at the moment, I can't tell you the proper names in Mandarin.

I have them in my books back home.
by Aidan O'Brien
Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:07 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: help - a historical story for the guan xiao jian
Replies: 3
Views: 6665

Re: help - a historical story for the guan xiao jian

As always this is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship Charles.

Not sure if there's a story to go with it. But from memory, it's one of the Jian commissioned for the Qianlong Emperor.

Also, I have a question. Do you ever work in Brass? Or only copper?
by Aidan O'Brien
Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:26 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Custom Meteorite Jian Project
Replies: 32
Views: 38020

Re: Custom Meteorite Jian Project

That just looks fantastic. I have to say, I do quite like the colours and what I can see of the blade on this monitor.
by Aidan O'Brien
Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:07 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Opening for Dao Sword Guards
Replies: 8
Views: 10069

Re: Opening for Dao Sword Guards

There are documented proof (Photos) of Han dynasty and Warring States bronze and steel swords with nephrite fittings, as well as their use in earlier times such as Zhou dynasty: http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/asia/j/jade_ornament_for_a_weapon_hil.aspx http://thoma...
by Aidan O'Brien
Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:03 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Opening for Dao Sword Guards
Replies: 8
Views: 10069

Re: Opening for Dao Sword Guards

Actually both Jadeite and Nephrite are extremely tough as opposed to brittle. The properties can be better explained by Jon Palombi, since he works with both as part of his everyday job. Considering that they require either excessive amounts of work and/or diamond drill bits to even to affect, they'...
by Aidan O'Brien
Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:22 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: The making of traditional handmade sword fittings
Replies: 27
Views: 30109

Re: The making of traditional handmade sword fittings

Oh my god, complete, those fittings look amazing. Excellent and amazing work Charles.
by Aidan O'Brien
Fri Apr 15, 2011 2:38 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: TCSL rules question
Replies: 8
Views: 9199

Re: TCSL rules question

I'm not sure of the TCSL rules, however, in historical European records, they had what was called the 'After-blow' in training. There are reasons for it, since due to the way the human body reacts to a mortal wound, unless it's a beheading or other dismemberment, the adrenaline running through your ...
by Aidan O'Brien
Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:59 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Difficulties in traveling and training.
Replies: 2
Views: 5511

Difficulties in traveling and training.

Hey everyone, I thought I'd make a new post for the New Year. So I just spent the last two months travelling. The first month was purely for work (and in the navy that's not exactly fun), the second was what it was paying for. But the core point of this post is that I spent essentially two months wi...
by Aidan O'Brien
Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:53 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Dao
Replies: 16
Views: 17489

Re: Dao

There's no need to etch the blade. The Chinese traditionally had subtle patterns on their blades, so the wild sworls that are so common now on pattern welded blades were rather rare if present at all. Understated elegance is probably the best way to describe the look you'll be wanting to go for.
by Aidan O'Brien
Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:57 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Dao
Replies: 16
Views: 17489

Re: Dao

How heavy is heavy? Unless I missed it, you have no weight for it listed.

As for polishing it yourself, I'll let others discuss that with you. Depending on your experience
by Aidan O'Brien
Wed Dec 22, 2010 12:39 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Custom Meteorite Jian Project
Replies: 32
Views: 38020

Re: Custom Meteorite Jian Project

That is a beautiful set of fittings there. Although I must concur with the possibility of them being Ming fittings. They look distinctly Qing to me. That's not to say that they are not gorgeous. Jon showed me an antique with a similar set that made me water at the mouth with desire. I can't wait to ...
by Aidan O'Brien
Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:02 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Wudang and Kunling sword form
Replies: 4
Views: 8395

Re: Wudang and Kunling sword form

I was always under the impression that 'Wudang' was more a banner and influence on the form. The thing about Wudang is that it is a Taoist sect and their native martial arts reflect their patron deities. Zhang San Feng is an immortal, not a god. The deity of Wudang mountain is Xuan Wu (amongst other...
by Aidan O'Brien
Fri Nov 19, 2010 12:32 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Ming dynasty weapon reproductions
Replies: 15
Views: 19314

Re: Ming dynasty weapon reproductions

Well the image of the big clunking knight who was like a turtle on his back is simply an anachronism. The weight of a full set of plate armour for the battlefield was roughly equivilent to the weight carried by modern soldiers into battle, plus it was evenly distributed across the whole body. Honest...
by Aidan O'Brien
Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:18 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Motivation Ideas Wanted
Replies: 9
Views: 9721

Re: Motivation Ideas Wanted

Personally, if I'm not feeling the magic, I watch Wuxia films. I know they're not real and are fantastical, but I fell in love with CMA through cinema. And watching the wonderful fight scenes inspires me to continue training. Plus, I'm relearning the 108 empty hand and 54 jian simultaneously. Then i...
by Aidan O'Brien
Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:23 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 50393

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

By the way, I'm trying out a pair of Graham's latest first student mujian. They have fewer finishing touches to keep the price lower. We've used them consistently for several weeks and they've stood up to everything we've put them through. One of them took a hard block against my competition hickor...