About 40% of suriage and ubu katana have bohi which is a simple groove which fills the shinogi area of the blade. Recently on nihontomessageboard.com a question came up about the strength effect on blades.
I wrote about this a long, long time ago but it bears some updating here, about why a blade has grooves and what the effects are function wise.
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Back from Japan. A real agonizing grind due to the excessive heat and too many things on the list to do.
I got to view the Tokuju exhibit. Everyone if they can should try to get out and see this exhibit and the Juyo when they are on. It is the best way of setting your eyes to the best work.
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God damn it is hot as hell.
The title of this post has nothing to do with the content. This is about some swords I saw, just riffing. But it’s like an oven outside and I am not going out again so I’ll just write this.
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This came up recently advising someone about a nidai Tadatsuna sword. The owner had a fine specimen of more than premium length and ranked Tokubetsu Hozon, and he was happy with the piece and it represented this smith in his collection. Probably the sword sold for what appeared to be a budget friendly price, as this is a famous smith and well regarded it was bought and added to this collection.
There are details though that apply to these things that are not always evident to buyers. I’ll go over a few examples.
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