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Lancelot Chan
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PostPosted: Sat 08 Apr, 2006 5:38 am    Post subject: Cutting with a nodachi         Reply with quote

Tested it out with a friend's nodachi made in China but with decent quality (60 to 65 HRC edge, 40 to 45 HRC spine). Very sharp. With the momentum, it went through the targets like there was nothing.

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PostPosted: Sat 08 Apr, 2006 5:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very nice cutting Cool

The sword however doesn't really look like a Nodachi to me. I always thought that a Nodachi is in the same size-range as a renaissance Bidenhänder. This one looks more like a Katana with a longer blade. Looks more like a longsword-sized Katana to me.
I'm no expert in that field though, so feel free to correct me Wink
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PostPosted: Thu 13 Apr, 2006 6:10 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Cuts like hell! Big Grin
But realy... I thought Nodachi is a bit smaller... Question
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Kjell Magnusson




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PostPosted: Thu 13 Apr, 2006 7:42 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well, there are a few pictures of japanese swords of such size here: http://www.koryu.com/guide/kage.html , together with some details about the (to my knowledge) only school of traditional japanese swordsmanship still training with them.
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PostPosted: Thu 13 Apr, 2006 8:06 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

According to this website http://japantrip.tripod.com/nodachi/odachi_gallery.html it meets the classification (Sorry about the pop-ups) and the proper term is also Odachi.
I have to compliment you and your friend's grip on the sword Lancelot Chan. It always brings a smile to my face when I see others practicing proper technique.


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Lancelot Chan
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PostPosted: Thu 13 Apr, 2006 9:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I think nodachi comes in a lot of varieties in terms of size. Some were as large as zweihanders while the others were just longer than tachi. In fact, the O-katana that cold steel sells nowadays can be classified as nodachi too, I believe.

Thanks Korey for your words. Happy

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PostPosted: Thu 13 Apr, 2006 11:33 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Lancelot Chan wrote:
I think nodachi comes in a lot of varieties in terms of size. Some were as large as zweihanders while the others were just longer than tachi.


That was my impression too. Looking at historical examples, they seem to vary quite a bit in length, though I'm not sure how much debate there is among Japanese sword collectors/historians with regard to what constitutes nodachi/odachi.

Personally, I think that particular sword would look better with a 6" (or so) longer tsuka. In any case, nice cuts, Lance! Looks (and sounds) like you guys had a lot of fun with that one. Happy
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