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Re: bokken making
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You know, if you want to avoid all the bother of steaming, just select a board from the timber merchant's which has a curved grain along the plank. That way, you'll have parallel grain all the way along the piece, no inherant stress and you're not subjecting the wood to the torment of hot steam.
As for shaping, once you have the basic form jigsawed out, if you don't want the expense of a router, a flat and a convex spokeshave are economical and also real hands on tools. If you use a tennon saw to cut a shoulder and tang, you can put katana fittings on a wooden blade no problem. Yes, it does make it a bit weaker, but if you get a cheap tsuba and fuchi, it can be filed out to take an oblong section tang. Then you just build up the tsuka as you would for a katana hilt. For extra strength, stick the tsuka to the tang with something like Evo Stik Compound W glue or Araldite. It's as strong as the wood.
Aaah, I can smell the shavings already.
Cheers...Jen.

Posted on: 2005/4/1 2:34
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Re: Everyday items...
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Try a packet of polos; they make a surprisingly good kubotan, and you can eat the evidence!
Keys are nasty, especially Yale types for slashing or punching. A decent size key bunch with a mini-maglite on a lanyard can be wicked, especially for entangling and throwing.
Never be without a decent cotton cleanGent's hanky. It's great as a blinder or distractor, for restraining, choking, garotting and as a mini hojo.
If you want something which will safeley pass airport security, try a traditional bamboo and paper sensu (folding fan). They are very strong, good for deflecting and blinding and very painful to be poked with (folded) or slashed at by. They are also only a few £. Oh, and handy on holiday in hot countries!
Cheers...Jen

Posted on: 2005/4/1 2:10
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Re: Stealth...
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Guys, you know sometimes the best way not to get noticed is to make noise, especally if everyone else around you is. Being quiet in a group of noisey people can actually make you stand out and get noticed. It's about moving appropriateley for the situation.
I have a bit of a problem in that I've developed a natural walk which is similar to the stealth walk, nice and balanced and economical in movement. BUT, the problem is if I just walk down the street like that, I scare half the kids, dogs and little old ladies, even if I'm smiling and projecting an inofensive persona. I have to make myself walk "normally".
Cheers....Jen

Posted on: 2005/4/1 1:55
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