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Given this year's training theme, wonder if anyone has a link to where I might find a decent tachi?

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What size and dimentions do you want? I can get just about any size made out of hickory wood. Send me a pm.

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Papa-San, what size n dimentions is the "NORM"?
i know there was probably alot of differing personal preferance in ancient times. i have (what i consider) a tachi bokken, in that its signifigantly heftier and somewhat longer then my katana bokken

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Depends on which Ryu-ha. If you dont care just use a standard length. If you are really picky, do some math and calculate the length according to your own stature, For comparison, the male japanese height in the mid 19-th century was approx 1,55 m.

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What is the rough proportion of tachi to height?

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The ones I get are 46 inches long with the longer handle. They are also a heavier weight, about two pounds. I can get them made to just about any specs but if you want that pm me.

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It's a tricky one, expecially as tachi have the greatest differentiations in length of any Japanese swords, I have seen them from chisagatana length, and of course O-Dachi or Nodachi are tachi by definition. The Ken Tachi Katana DVD shows some examples of this variation.

Do we really need to worry about having tachi bokken, rather than use our every day bokken and maybe sling it beneath the obi edge down for drawing?

Same goes for iaito/mogito, just wear them like a tachi. Or is is more about the curvature and tapering? Although there is a big misty area looking at historical blades where some could be mounted as tachi or katana.

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Maybe we'll get more clues as people start visiting Honbu this year, and see/get 1st hand knowledge what kind of swords are usd there. And how.

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Do we really need to worry about having tachi bokken, rather than use our every day bokken and maybe sling it beneath the obi edge down for drawing?


The "do we really need" question depends on how realistic you want the training to be. At Hombu yesterday, Sensei went off quite a bit about what a big mistake people in the sword world are making when they train with katana doing techniques that were designed for tachi - the distance, angling, etc. all changes. He said that we should all get tachi for this year, stressing that ken, tachi and katana represent different eras in history and are used in completely different ways.

Shawn

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