Sunday, November 27, 2016

Top 4 Symptoms That Could Have a Sword Addiction

You may notice certain physical and psychological reactions when you hear swords mentioned, see swords, or touch a sword. This need not cause concern. It could be that you have a condition known as "sword addiction." Unlike a drug or alcohol addiction, a sword addiction provides positive benefits. Most sword addicts get lots of exercise wielding their weapons and participating in melee exercises. They may lift weights regularly to enhance their capabilities with heavier swords and participate in fencing classes to improve technique. If you're not sure if you developed sword addiction, review the following top four symptoms. If you've at least three symptoms, this indicates sword addiction.

Sword Addiction Symptom #1: Salivation
The first and most common symptom involves salivation at the mention or sight of a sword. More serious levels of this symptom involve this involuntary bodily reaction at the sight of a mere picture or video of a sword or swords. Touching a sword may cause saliva to collect, forming a "drool pool" at the feet or in the lap of the addict, depending on whether they are standing or sitting. This can cause wet spots on the floor and a slipping hazard. Doctors recommend the addict carry a handkerchief at all times to wipe up drool. It's chivalrous to keep others safe.

Sword Addiction Symptom #2: Sweaty Palms
The second most common symptom, sweaty palms, people sometimes mistake as a nervous symptom. It, however, indicates the body's need to hold a sword, when experienced by a sword addict. Again, doctors recommend carrying a handkerchief at all times so the sword addict can wipe their hands dry before handling a sword. Slippery or wet hands do not combine well with sharp objects. 

Sword Addiction Symptom #3: The Clinch/Clinch Hands
Early stages of clinch hands involve a twitchy thumb. The addict's hands want to hold a sword. In the early stages, flipping open a folding pocket knife can help by giving the individual a blade, though small to hold. Later stages though, involve inability to unclench one's hand from around the hilt of a sword. In the latest stage of this symptom, the only way to extract the sword from the addict's hand before they are willing to return it to its display case is to pry it from the individual's hand after death.

Sword Addiction Symptom #4: Anthropomorphism 
Do you anthropomorphize your swords? That is, do you name them and assign them human traits? Simply naming each sword indicates the early stage of this symptom. You have reached the final stage of this symptom when you provide your swords their own bedroom. Having their own room, traits and names indicates the highest level of anthropomorphism. 

Relax. The good news for sword addicts is it is a harmless addiction, so long as the addict adheres to the prescribed handkerchief precaution. Sword addiction positively benefits both the economy and the addict. Addicts find no benefit in either tapering off or cold turkey quitting. The only known treatment for sword addiction is to sword shop. Sword addicts commonly visit for great deals on swords and a vast selection of blades. Early treatment and regular sword play bring about the best outcome.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Which Blade to Choose: Fixed or Folder Blade?

Over the years, There has been a raging debate concerning the best type of blade to choose from if you compare the folder blade and the fixed blade. All these blades have advantages but the question is, which one among these two is better to have? Many will argue that the type of blade to have will depend on the environment in which you find yourself and the kind of job you want to perform with such a blade. However, it's imperative to have a blade that'll give you the best services and also one that is durable enough.

Anybody who's interested in a having a folder blade should look at the various advantages that it has over the fixed blade. The first thing to know is that folder blades are easy to conceal and are more discrete than fixed blades. This is particularly the case for someone living in an insecure neighborhood and needs to carry a weapon for self-defense, or if he/she is in the security business. These blades are convenient and can be carried easily in one’s pockets. This feature does not compromise their toughness because they compare very favorably to fixed blades in that aspect.

However, unlike folder blades, fixed blades come in different shapes and sizes ranging from the small handy blades to the large and heavy duty ones. They're strong and stable and cannot easily break since they do not have any movable parts. Their fixed nature makes them easier to maintain because cleaning them is quite simple and uncomplicated. One need not worry about hinges or other movable parts because you do not need to fold the blade in any way. Another advantage that fixed blades have over folder blades is that they are twice as long and this gives them greater reach than folder blades. This, therefore, means that fixed blades are faster and easier to employ than folder blades especially when it comes to tactical situations.

The fixed blade is more versatile and a superior survival tool because it can perform a number of tasks including activities like digging, food preparation, first aid, hunting, splitting among others. Therefore, this has increased their popularity with many users who view them as multi-functional. In case you need a blade that's easier to conceal and use in an insecure urban environment, you can still find a smaller and more portable type of a fixed blade. This blade can not only be used for security purposes, but also for camping, fishing and tactical use. It, therefore, goes without saying that a fixed blade is better than a folder blade. The main reason being that it can be used in several environments due to its versatility and variety.

The folder blade, on the other hand, has few uses and presents difficulties in certain situations. It's also hard to maintain because one has to navigate hidden parts to clean it and this affects its durability. Nonetheless, a folder blade is much more convenient than the fixed blade only that its uses are limited. In a trying to get the best service from a blade, it's advisable to go for the fixed blade due to its overwhelming advantages over the folder blade.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Red 31" Wakizashi Size Bokken Sword wit Dragon Engraved

The Bokken is a practice weapon for the Japanese sword arts. This weapon was used primarily for sparring and kata training. However, a bokken itself is quite an effective weapon on its own. In the hands of an experienced kendo master a bokken can be just as exact and devastating as an actual sword. In either case a bokken is essential for training in most Japanese sword arts.

The Red 31" Wakizashi Size Bokken Sword with Dragon Engraved is the newest style of bokken. The earlier problem of the bokken slipping when the hands became sweaty (as they will when practicing) has been solved by adding a cotton wrap around the handle of the bokken. This addition, although small, has changed many aspects of the bokken. This allows for practice of drawing techniques and a closer realism to a live blade.

Bokken Features
  • ·        The bokken is constructed of wood with a red lacquer finish.
  • ·        The handle of the bokken is wrapped in a tan cotton cord, just as a katana would be.
  • ·        The bokken has been constructed with a high detail to replicate the look and feel of a katana, with a kissak at the end of the tip and a pentagonal spine and blade.
  • ·        Dragon patterns are hand carved onto the bokken.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

3 Useful Bo Staff Training Tips

Traditional martial artists and those who love kobudo likely have a strong interest in the bo staff. Scores of empty hand skills can be attained through mastery of the bo staff. One other incredible benefit surrounds training the bo staff. The nature of the weapon makes it relevant to modern times. Unlike a sword, there are more direct practical applications to be found with the bo staff. It's mainly a defensive weapon for use in martial arts or karate.

These practical benefits and applications, however, are only attainable through mastery of the staff. Mastery comes from proper practice and a high level of skill. Following three effective training tips, the ability to became an expert at the bo staff improves measurably.

Focus on One Section of a Kata
Trying to learn a bo staff the freestyle way might not be advisable at the beginning. Instead, learning the primary movements of a kata could set a good foundation for becoming proficient. Trying to memorize and practice a full -- and lengthy -- kata might be a bit much and might dilute the focus on learning specific material. Perhaps it would be best to take a small section of the kata and practice the section repeatedly. The sections or strings of movements from the kata could be from the beginning, middle, or end. It matters not. What matters is the material is broken down, practiced, and understood.

Employ Impact Training
Training the bo staff against equipment to develop accuracy and power is going to enhance skills. A punching bag would be beneficial although some covering may be needed to prevent the bo staff from tearing the leather. Some may train the staff on tires. Those who do train on equipment add impact to their experience which, in turn, helps enhance the ability to strike with power.

Work on Two-Person Sets
Not all bo staff training involves solo work. Working a series of drills with another partner is incredibly helpful. Bo staffs are intended for combat against an opponent. Working bo staff techniques with another person assists in developing necessary skills since these skills will be based on direct application. Of course, free sparring is extremely helpful with attaining these very skills. Free sparring does come with additional risks, which is why the two-person sets are so beneficial. Pre-designed sets allow for more controlled offensive and defensive maneuvers in a potentially less-injurious manner. Even with pre-set patterns, participants should use appropriate protective gear. Doing so makes training safer.

These tips can take someone very far with bo staff training. Consistent training is also highly advised. Being consistent with training boosts skill immeasurably. Also, we carry staffs in various lengths, different woods such as white wax wood, hard wood in natural finish, carved finish or burned rattan finish.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Can You Really Make A Sword's Blade Out of Pure Titanium?

The question is, can you make a sword out of pure titanium? Would the sword then become a stronger weapon, or a weaker one? In the film Blade, Wesley Snipes carried a sword that was indeed made of pure titanium. This movie started the question among scientific viewers as to the benefits, or negative aspects a sword of this nature would carry.

The melting point for titanium is in the higher range for the purest form of this metal. However, another important feature for metal is the reactivity. This is the ability to turn itself into a different compound. The lower the reactivity, the better. One of the problems with titanium is when it is put into contact with either water or oxygen, an oxide will form on the surface. This is a tough film that stops the titanium from reacting with many of the other substances. 

Titanium has been classified as being number two in the element block. Simply stated, this means it'll have most of the characteristics of a lot of other metals. This'll affect three major attributes. Those of titanium's strength regarding mass, strength for the volume and hardness strength. This means a sword made of titanium could tolerate very high stress levels on the actual blade. Almost double the amount of stress as steel. The fact that titanium is also known to be light in weight is another attribute.

The strength of the volume is probably going to prevent this from being an excellent sword blade. When it comes to the breaking point, titanium comes in fairly low on the scale. Although lighter, it does't have anywhere near the breaking point of steel. If using a sword while fencing or in an actual sword fight, the blade must have the ability to withstand the attack being fostered upon it. Without this ability, the sword become ineffective. The chances of the blade becoming deformed in some way or actually snapping off are real possibilities. The weakness of the titanium's breaking point will become a factor. On the other side of the scale, a blade that is too hard is likely to chip or take on a brittle quality. This too will also cause eventual breakage of the blade.

The unfortunate fact is that titanium is never going to have the hardness required to form a good sword blade. It'll dull quickly and have an innate weakness in the infrastructure of the titanium. This blade will also be much softer than steel, even if formed into a thicker blade. Although the idea of a titanium blade is highly appealing, it won't work effectively.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Why're Mekugi Important Parts of the Japanese Sword?

Almost everyone has heard of a katana and likely, most have also heard of a tanto and a wakizashi. However, how many of you out there have heard of a mekugi? Very likely, not many. Now, to be clear, a katana, tanto and wakizashi are all different types of Japanese swords, popular with warriors during the feudal age, however, a mekugi is not a sword at all but rather an integral part of ancient, high quality sword construction.

A mekugi is a small rounded peg, which were traditionally crafted of strong bamboo, that's fitted horizontally through the handle of a Japanese sword. Generally speaking, most swords feature around two mekugi which are laterally slotted into the sword handle through the nakago (the central, covered portion of the sword itself), however, some swords only use one. Classical Japanese mekugi are crafted of strong susudake bamboo which are meticulously smoked and aged for increased resiliency.

Sword collectors or prospective sword craftsman, sword smiths, and actual sword practitioners should know what a mekugi is; for improperly inserted or weak mekugi can completely compromise the integrity of the weapon entirely. Indeed, so crucial was the mekugi to sword integrity that it was often said in feudal japan, that a Samurai's life rested upon the quality of his mekugi. This is because that small little bamboo peg is all that’s left to hold the blade of one's weapon in place should it come unfettered from the handle. This is why nearly every single sword maintenance and sword cutting guide out there will tell you over and over again how dangerous it is to practice without a mekugi, as the blade will be much more likely to fly from the handle and cut its wielder.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

You'll Need Something Nice to Carry Your Sword Around

This is the Black Genuine Leather Sword Belt Frog Hanger Baldric Renaissance Costume LARP. This is a sword baldric that is made from genuine black dyed leather with metal fittings. This baldric is made for right handed users, where it hangs off the right shoulder and lets the sword frog rest on the left hip.

This is designed to fit a wide variety of swords and scabbards that you purchased from Sword N Armory, allowing them to be suspended from a belt via leather straps. The frog comes with adjustable lacing, so that the wearer can fit the frog for sizes that oblige for a humble dagger to holding a splendid long sword, all while supporting the weight from a waist-worn belt. Made from black leather with steel hardware, this sword frog belt is sure to fit in with virtually almost any sort of attire that requires a sword to be worn for LARPing.

*Sword, gambeson, and model not included.