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    British Police Truncheon vs Liverpool Assassin

    Between the two, I think that I'd prefer the police truncheon. The liverpool assassin seems a bit too end heavy, doesn't it? It would have more power, but it would take longer to recover your guard from a swing, especially a miss.
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    Slippery trail master handle

    I would suggest using leather work gloves.
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    Cerberus

    Is there anything more useless than a choil? Especially on midsize to small knives. Large knives, I can see the designer making a choil, but small to midsize knives don't need choils. That's a real good-looking knife. Should be a very useful, all-rounder. Drop down edge, going all the way to the...
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    Tops Apache Dawn Rockies Edition

    Congrats on a really nice pickup! I've got it in the regular smooth handle. I couldn't find the Rockies edition at that time. It is a very heavy knife, considering it's just a mid-size knife. But it feels great in hand. Sometimes, with other brands, a knife is heavy and I don't like it. That's...
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    Bear and Son...thoughts?

    I think I'll get one. Thanks for the info!
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    SP6 Fighter similarities to Kabar 1271 Fighter...

    Thanks for pointing this out! I have the Kabar 1271 and I like it overall. But I don't like the serrated part, right on the strong part of the blade. I'll have to think about picking up an SP6!
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    Bear and Son...thoughts?

    I think the Sandvik steel they use in some of their bowies is made in Sweden.
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    Bear and Son...thoughts?

    I've been thinking of getting one of their bowies, the 9 inch blade in the Sandvik stainless steel. I've been hesitating because of their lousy reputation. Somewhere I read that one of their damascus bowies had poor heat treat on the edge. Somebody allegedly used it to cut a branch and his knife...
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    Busse or Dawson for wakizashi style sword?

    Good to know, thanks!
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    JUST GOT SPECIAL PROJECTS CATALOG

    Got mine in the mail too. Very nice! Too bad about the lack of a new CD. I'll have to watch it on youtube I guess.
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    CARRYING A SWORD ON YOUR BACK

    Well, I tried out the draw over the shoulder/behind the back, whatever you want to call it. It was easier than putting up this post. I used a Rob Criswell wakizashi with a 19 1/2 inch blade and an 8 inch handle. It has a three section kydex scabbard, with each section overlapping onto the next...
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    CARRYING A SWORD ON YOUR BACK

    This I definitely agree with. Above all, they were practical, so I'm sure they used what the situation called for.
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    CARRYING A SWORD ON YOUR BACK

    Without doubt, at least some were samurai. Yes, the book I cited above was published by Ohara in 1970. And from doing a search on the internet, I see what you're talking about regarding Stephen Hayes and all the nonsense surrounding him. But I was talking of Hatsumi and Yumio Nawa.
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    CARRYING A SWORD ON YOUR BACK

    I have never tried drawing over the shoulder, but I'll try it out tonight and then report back on feasibility.
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    CARRYING A SWORD ON YOUR BACK

    Times have changed. Feudal age spy techniques and gear aren't necessary today and aren't really secrets. So the few remaining, like Hatsumi, have talked about their practices. Does that make it less likely that they're telling the truth? Well, some newer guys, like Stephen Hayes, I wouldn't put...
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    CARRYING A SWORD ON YOUR BACK

    Since none of you guys are citing any sources, I did a quick search on the internet and found what ya'll are talking about as far as "the myth" of the ninja-to. Certainly, there's tons of bs about what the historic ninja sword actually looked like. I was thinking more that it was shorter than...
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    CARRYING A SWORD ON YOUR BACK

    1. As far as wearing black in the shadows, this would depend on what kind of mission they were on. They wore whatever they needed for disguise or camouflage. So they frequently dressed as beggars, blind men, farmers, gardeners, or even samurai. I suppose they wouldn't need to wear black except...
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    I can't figure out what is written on this blade

    Victory Panette, maybe? Was there a maker or manufacturer named Panette or Parette?
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    CARRYING A SWORD ON YOUR BACK

    I did some research on the subject of ninja swords and back-carrying. According to author Andrew Adams "Ninja: The Invisible Assassins" (Ohara Publications, Inc. 1970), he interviewed a real ninja practitioner named Yumio Nawa, who said that "[t]hey used a shorter blade than usual, not longer...
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    I can't figure out what is written on this blade

    Illizo ay parette, maybe? Anyone know Italian?
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