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E39: How to Appraise an Antique Katana with Weapons Expert Rafael Kosche

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Learn how to tell what went into the intricate making of each unique antique katana. The sword smith's signature, interestingly, is not the first thing you look at when evaluating the quality of the sword.

Rafael shares some really great insights on this very interesting facet of history.


References:
Rafael Kosche
Iaido
Kenjutsu
Kendo


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The Making of the Katana - Interview with Rafael Kosche, Authority on Asian Weaponry

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What makes the Katana Blade so incredible?
When and how was the technology developed?
What are the best swords on the market today and how did we uncover the secrets of the Samurai?


References:
Rafael Kosche
Kenjutsu
Iaido
Kendo


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Episode 5 - Interview with Sword Master Shihan Dana Abbott - Part 2

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Start with Part 1 of this interview here.

In part two Shihan Dana Abbott talks about the "Spirit of the Samurai". What is it, and how has it shaped Japan over the years? How does this weapon, the sword represent an entire philosophy?


References:
Dana Abbott
Chanbara
Iaido
Kendo


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