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Alexi Goranov
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PostPosted: Mon 09 Aug, 2004 9:55 pm    Post subject: Fun in the Sun         Reply with quote

I have been lucky enough to escape work for 2 weeks ans relax in the OVERLY sunny Texas. Since in Texas (Dallas) I have a BACKYARD at my disposal, I decided to use my time wisely.........So I got 20 wara mats from Bugei and the very, very kind folks at Albion shipped my sword to Dallas after some minor cosmetic work they did on it. The results was a carnage Cool

I have to say I have not had so much fun in a while. I also wasted 7 pool noodles while waiting for the mats to soak.

The only thing that could have made this more fun is if I had more swords to try, and if I had the company of few other sword enthusiasts but another time maybe...........................

And did I mention that the Baron CAN cut Eek! I have never done tameshigiri before, but DAMN I was slicing cleanly through single (6' rolled) and double (12' rolled) mats much easier than I expected. Not every cut was perfect, but I am getting better.

One general comment: the mats DID NOT scratch the blade at all. So all of you out there that are afraid to take your Next Gens to the mat......do not fear. (Just soak the mats well though, more than 6 hours) . And my sword still cuts paper (not to open that discussion again). The point is that mats do not seem to damage or wear the sword much (which some might be afraid of).

Her are some picks,

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PostPosted: Tue 10 Aug, 2004 4:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Looks like you had fun Alexi.

So would you say that your sword is "mat sharp" ?

Laughing Out Loud

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PostPosted: Tue 10 Aug, 2004 7:55 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That sword is a lovely cutter, and a manly sword to boot.

The Duke, believe it or not, is an even better cutter.

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PostPosted: Tue 10 Aug, 2004 10:04 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Joe Fults wrote:
That sword is a lovely cutter, and a manly sword to boot.

The Duke, believe it or not, is an even better cutter.


This is what I'd expect. I think the consensus is that xiiia's are even more dedicated cutters than xiia's

Patrick Kelly wrote:
Looks like you had fun Alexi.

So would you say that your sword is "mat sharp"? Laughing Out Loud


Well I do not know, but ask the mats Laughing Out Loud

Alexi


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PostPosted: Tue 10 Aug, 2004 12:22 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hello Alexi,
Wish I, and my Norman, could have been there. Cuttin' with a big ol' sword out in, "God's country." What could be better than that?!? Wink Laughing Out Loud Jeremy
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PostPosted: Tue 10 Aug, 2004 1:57 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Alexi Goranov wrote:
Joe Fults wrote:
That sword is a lovely cutter, and a manly sword to boot.

The Duke, believe it or not, is an even better cutter.


This is what I'd expect. I think the consensus is that xiiia's are even more dedicated cutters than xiia's

[quote= "Patrick Kelly"]Looks like you had fun Alexi.

So would you say that your sword is "mat sharp" ?

Laughing Out Loud


Well I do not know, but ask the mats Laughing Out Loud

Alexi[/quote]

OK...maybe I did not emphasize enough how really good the Duke cuts!!

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PostPosted: Tue 10 Aug, 2004 2:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Joe Fults wrote:

OK...maybe I did not emphasize enough how really good the Duke cuts!!


I completely believe you ,Joe. I wish I could try it first hand though. As Albion puts it, if there is a sword that can cut man in half, crown to saddle, it is a type XIIIa.

In a while (after my wife forgets the fact that I had purchased 2 swords within few months of each other) I plan to add the Duke to my collection, and a Sempach too, and then move into the singlehanders.

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PostPosted: Mon 02 Jul, 2007 7:32 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Alexi,

What kind of mats were those? Mugen dachi? Beach mats? Bugei wara?

I'm just asking so I can get an idea of what sorts of targets people generally use for cutting.

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PostPosted: Mon 02 Jul, 2007 8:15 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Michael Edelson wrote:
Alexi,

What kind of mats were those? Mugen dachi? Beach mats? Bugei wara?

I'm just asking so I can get an idea of what sorts of targets people generally use for cutting.


From the first post in the thread:

Alexi Goranov wrote:
So I got 20 wara mats from Bugei


Happy

Happy

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PostPosted: Mon 02 Jul, 2007 11:44 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Chad Arnow wrote:
Michael Edelson wrote:
Alexi,

What kind of mats were those? Mugen dachi? Beach mats? Bugei wara?

I'm just asking so I can get an idea of what sorts of targets people generally use for cutting.


From the first post in the thread:

Alexi Goranov wrote:
So I got 20 wara mats from Bugei


Happy



Just wanted to make sure....Bugei sells a few different kind of mats, and wara just means cutting target.

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