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by Nik
Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:22 am
Forum: Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship
Topic: A Very Valuable Talk on Test Cutting
Replies: 8
Views: 4370

Re: A Very Valuable Talk on Test Cutting

BTW, a side issue - how fast does bamboo grow in colder middle european climate ? If doing regular cutting practice, it could get expensive if needing to buy bamboo for that.
by Nik
Fri Jul 02, 2010 10:15 am
Forum: Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship
Topic: A Very Valuable Talk on Test Cutting
Replies: 8
Views: 4370

Re: A Very Valuable Talk on Test Cutting

Ok, if it's always in the air, you have a point. However, if there is striking targets with blunts and sword sparring involved, I cannot believe that a "master" would lose his sword easily who did not simply skip training a lot. However, I can assure you that changing from outside to playing in a fl...
by Nik
Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:28 am
Forum: Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship
Topic: A Very Valuable Talk on Test Cutting
Replies: 8
Views: 4370

Re: A Very Valuable Talk on Test Cutting

I think, the first prerequisite is to train AT ALL. I don't even want to know how many "practitioners", of sword or other arts, were in fact just at times playing in the garden for a couple of minutes, instead of training hours every day. I see kind of a similar deterioration of skills and shape in ...
by Nik
Wed Jun 30, 2010 8:59 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Taiji ruler
Replies: 8
Views: 5444

Re: Taiji ruler

AFAIK, the problem occured when people mixed up two things: Taijiquan and the "Taiji bang" from Chen village (a curved wooden stick to practice locks on), and the "iron ruler" (tie chi, a short metal stick to practice some kind of qigong / stick fighting).
by Nik
Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:35 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Development of swords for chinese swordmanship
Replies: 49
Views: 25203

Re: Development of swords for chinese swordmanship

Then lets attribute this to bad timing and/or misunderstanding. A cleanup of this thread is probably warranted then, as I don't like to contribute to a lesser atmosphere in this forum. Regarding the Liechtenauer practice swords, they are exactly made like the originals on the picture, which have a c...
by Nik
Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:02 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Major Methods of Wudang sword
Replies: 14
Views: 11740

Re: Major Methods of Wudang sword

Dan, I think the words could mean that on a lighter practice sword, the POB should be further away from the handle to still cause some load on the hand. I felt it better on my very light test swords, and one old real sword (that I unfortunately was allowed to use when I was like one foot shorter tha...
by Nik
Tue Jun 29, 2010 1:25 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Development of swords for chinese swordmanship
Replies: 49
Views: 25203

Re: Development of swords for chinese swordmanship

You have approached me about production details and prices, and I gave them to you. The next action of you was to not respond to that, but come up with a "suggestion" right below Lindas feedbacks on my prototypes I gave to her why she doesn't try A&A products instead (whatever the casual reader migh...
by Nik
Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:53 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Development of swords for chinese swordmanship
Replies: 49
Views: 25203

Re: Development of swords for chinese swordmanship

The answer is, you don't find historical "fencing feather" jian that are totally different from real weapons (thinner, flexible). These jian are taken in measures and make EXACTLY from real weapons - the only difference in those is the blunt edge. I can of course make "fencing feather" jian, flat gr...
by Nik
Sun Jun 27, 2010 2:59 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Development of swords for chinese swordmanship
Replies: 49
Views: 25203

Re: Development of swords for chinese swordmanship

I can assure you that our jian handles like an authentic jian as well as it is designed as a historically weighted and balanced blunt training jian and not taken from a german medieval blade with a totally different balance, is produced by a german industrial forge next to Solingen by licensed train...
by Nik
Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:53 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Development of swords for chinese swordmanship
Replies: 49
Views: 25203

Re: Development of swords for chinese swordmanship

Hello Linda, thanks for the kind review. The material of the fittings should be zinc-alloy, although it is in its uncoloured appearance a bit copper-reddish. No idea if that means it's not zinc, or if that's the natural appearance of zinc-alloy. The clip that holds the blade in place is, differing f...
by Nik
Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:16 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: yue fei dao project
Replies: 44
Views: 35201

Re: yue fei dao project

Why should it take months to sharpen a blade when the industry does it in minutes on their tools ? Give it a couple of days if you do it by hand and to an ultimate degree (using various sands etc.) and you're more than sufficient, and in industrial production, that is a huge stretch. Grinding and mi...
by Nik
Fri Jun 25, 2010 7:47 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Some Thoughts on Liao.
Replies: 27
Views: 16243

Re: Some Thoughts on Liao.

If so, you will need good lighting. The frame duration will be insanely short, that means you will need enough light intensity to get something like a good picture. I.e. professional spots, mirros and such.
by Nik
Wed Jun 23, 2010 5:40 am
Forum: Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship
Topic: Test Cutting Rattan Shield
Replies: 34
Views: 18071

Re: Test Cutting Rattan Shield

BTW, that's a reason why I made heavy-contact ready blunt swords - I was trained hitting leather-wrapped heavy chains with just the front inch of an unsharpened sword. That develops an ultimate sense for distance, said shock you described, and you feel bad hits from the way the sword bends. However,...
by Nik
Wed Jun 23, 2010 5:24 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Some Thoughts on Liao.
Replies: 27
Views: 16243

Re: Some Thoughts on Liao.

I have access to a guy from the largest TV company in Germany (WDR). ;) But I'll ask him if he knows something.
by Nik
Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:13 am
Forum: Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship
Topic: Test Cutting Rattan Shield
Replies: 34
Views: 18071

Re: Test Cutting Rattan Shield

WIth enough mass, probably. Better make the foot a large enough X, and have enough mass on the foot (with a simple bag of sand) so it's not top heavy. If the center of weight is low enough, and the foot wide enough, it should not fall. BTW, people should also not overestimate the strength of their w...