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by josh stout
Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:53 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: A bit of information
Replies: 19
Views: 14555

What about wrought iron? I am asking to eliminate possibilities, not because I think that is how they were made. Because these are weapons, the resilience and hardness of steel seems necessary. Versions of these that seem more like traditional Chinese ones than the Japanese commercial variety are wi...
by josh stout
Tue Feb 19, 2008 11:50 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: strange type of dao
Replies: 3
Views: 4241

Thank you, a converted pole arm was one possibility I had considered. I couldn't figure out how it could be used if the pole were very long given its weight (1800 gm. at last measure). However, a longer handle than what exists would make handling much easier. The handle is certainly replaced, and ap...
by josh stout
Sat Feb 16, 2008 10:05 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: strange type of dao
Replies: 3
Views: 4241

strange type of dao

I found this strange one that looks like an overgrown hudiedao blade on a long handle. It was so large and heavy when I received it that I was suspicious, but I etched it a little and a nice pattern and hardened edge showed clearly. It does not appear to be reshaped from something else. The blade is...
by josh stout
Wed Feb 13, 2008 12:33 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Dao on Ebay UK
Replies: 4
Views: 5012

This is being sold by a reputable dealer so I don't want to talk about it too much. Disreputable dealers deserve any speculative calumny, but I would not like to mistakenly say something bad about something I know less about than the seller. That said, this is a duan dao without obvious signs of fol...
by josh stout
Wed Feb 13, 2008 12:18 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Chinese Knife?
Replies: 4
Views: 4623

I would be interested to know if the suspension fittings show any wear. I have a couple of things in very similar crude scabbards, but some look like they were still carried and used even after the late replacement of the scabbard. One I have was then retouched with an airbrush to make it pretty for...
by josh stout
Wed Feb 13, 2008 12:06 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Jumped in the Park - Matt O'Neill
Replies: 1
Views: 2620

Congratulations to Mat for trusting good movements from good teachers in a good lineage. This stuff was developed from many pragmatic tests over a long time. It is nice to know that the multipurpose nature of the moves worked in exactly the many against one situation they were intended for.
Josh
by josh stout
Wed Feb 13, 2008 11:55 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Sparrow take down reply
Replies: 5
Views: 4991

Our school is full of wonderful though unverifiable martial lore, that says interesting things about other martial arts that are usually completely unrecognizable to people who study those arts. So here is my school's left field take on taiji and aikido. According to my teacher, aikido is the small ...
by josh stout
Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:07 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Chinese Knife?
Replies: 4
Views: 4623

It is certainly Chinese, but beyond that there is not much I can say. The form is not that of a regulation military utility knife, but it is one I have seen several times called a "fighting knife". The scabbard looks like typical late Qing work with typical lacquer and brass fittings. Finding a scab...
by josh stout
Thu Feb 07, 2008 10:32 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Repost: A Few questions about swords, styles, and cultures..
Replies: 4
Views: 4331

Check the product reviews for good options for jian to cut with. Scott is the only guy actively involved with testing at that level. Any traditional Chinese style with jian forms should would be a good start. Stay away from wushu stuff and keep in mind that you will be a few generations from real sw...
by josh stout
Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:35 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Problems with Huanuo
Replies: 25
Views: 17475

Just a note on your watch being able to scratch a sword. The watch is undoubtedly stainless steel which is much harder than regular steel. A sword that hard would be dangerously brittle. As for quality control, indeed that seems to be the primary issue. However, just a few years ago, there were no g...
by josh stout
Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:32 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Thanks for the wonderful seminar.
Replies: 2
Views: 3150

Thanks for the wonderful seminar.

I would just like to thank Scott and Seth for the teaching and hospitality. Seth, you have a great bunch of people with you and it is always a pleasure to work out with you and your crew. Scott, as always I am impressed by your gift for teaching particularly in a situation as fraught with potential ...
by josh stout
Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:21 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Oxtail Dao
Replies: 12
Views: 8759

What you are describing is not uncommon among oxtail dao I think. People often describe them as heavy choppers, but the thin tips and a balance closer to the guard than one might expect, leads me to think that many were used more in a slicing fashion against unarmored opponents. They certainly were ...
by josh stout
Wed Jan 30, 2008 10:10 am
Forum: Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship
Topic: Soft Target Standardization
Replies: 4
Views: 9192

I watched a Japanese cutting demo once, where they claimed that at home they practice on rolled up newspapers to avoid expense. Has anybody tried this? I think somebody once told me that it can scratch the blade, but I think mats can as well. I can't remember if the newspaper should be wet. The degr...
by josh stout
Sun Jan 27, 2008 12:23 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: what is this?
Replies: 2
Views: 3393

My thought was a 1900 tourist piece, at least I could tell it was not what it claimed.
Josh
by josh stout
Sat Jan 19, 2008 8:36 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: what is this?
Replies: 2
Views: 3393

what is this?