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  1. GREG

    The Path of Customization for an Elite Bare Blade

    I bought this ronin katana elite bare blade for the purpose of customizing it. Here is what I plan to go with so far... Tsuka: New tsuka core. Same (black) Full wrap. Katate-maki (battle wrap) w/ the top/bottom folded portions done tsumami-maki style. Ito- silk, either dk green, dk brown, or...
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    RK Elite Bare Blade Review

    My experience with RK consists of 3 katana purchases. 2 ronin dojo pro's (#18) (bought in '15 & '19) and 1 elite bare blade (bought last week). The good: Shipping TA was very fast. Purchased on the 8th and arrived on the 12th. The blade came packed nicely, with a generous amount of wax in the...
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    My newest katana...

    Thank you brother.
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    My newest katana...

    So. I emailed Josh at Cottontail Customs and inquired about his services for my bare blade. His response is below:
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    My newest katana...

    So I looked over cottontailcustoms site, dude seems to do nice work, unfortunately he is not carving new tsuka at the moment which is what I will need done.
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    My newest katana...

    She calls me a dork all the time. I'm scared of her, :) so I usually just smile and agree with her. LOL.
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    My newest katana...

    I did. I'm watching it as we speak, as I maneuver other listings looking around.
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    My newest katana...

    My only issue with this bare blade is, it appears the single peg is ground down and lacquered into the wooden Tsuka. It'll definitely have to be dismantled to customize it.
  9. GREG

    A Little Samurai Humor

    Two Samurai were arguing over who was the best swordsman. They decided to settle the argument by cutting up flies that passed them. The first Samurai cut a fly in half. The second Samurai cut a fly in four pieces. The first retaliated by cutting a fly into eighths. The second cut a fly into...
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    My newest katana...

    Me with the katana…
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    My newest katana...

    Here are a few pictures I took out in the driveway. I’m going to have to find a way to get some better light and get some better pictures.
  12. GREG

    Dual Wielding?

    I was going to say, find a european-style you like and blend it in with your katana work... winning is winning, period. Altho, I would think dual wielding katana's would be a strain on the arms. While they're not terribly heavy, they ain't exactly light either.
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    My newest katana...

    I am going to really enjoy "customizing" this sword with the direction and help of you "seasoned" swordsmiths. I'll get a few pictures posted tonight. It just arrived and i'm air frying some egg rolls before I get into the sword. The wife thinks i'm a dork. :)
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    My newest katana...

    For those of you with much more experience than I, (which is everyone here ;)), i'm going to need y'alls expertise on getting this bad boy re-furnished. Where's a good place to start looking?
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    What's better than being in Japan? Getting an Iaido lesson from a master IN Japan....

    BRO!!! I'm not sure how I originally missed this thread but... O. M. G!!!! :oops:
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    My newest katana...

    I just added a Ronin Elite Bare Blade to the collection, USPS tracking says it should arrive by Friday this week. Looking forward to holding this steel slicer and getting a feel for it. Eventually my goal is to break it down and rebuild it into a magnificently finished katana. I took the to...
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    Kamikoto Chef Knives...

    My dad bought me a really nice set of michelin chef quality, single bevel kitchen knives. This particular set is the Kamikoto Kanpeki set. Kamikoto is a Japanese company hq’d in Tokyo that manufactures their knives in China with steel from the Honshu area of Japan. The manufacturing is overseen...
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    The Anatomy of the Katana

    Use the following diagrams to understand the anatomy of the katana.
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