DARs Completed in 2018

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Chris Green
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Re: DARs Completed in 2018

Postby Chris Green » 19 Jul 2018, 20:49

Ryan Shuflin wrote:I mean are there any katanas that aren't Japanese?


There are similar swords, in Korea for example, but they are not called "katana".
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Re: DARs Completed in 2018

Postby Bruce E Weller » 20 Jul 2018, 10:15

Katanas are now widely reproduced throughout the world, indeed China is, I understand, a major manufacturer of display type swords.

To me the use of Japanese Katana implies a genuine, traditionally made sword, rather than a display or "wall" weapon.

I would stick with the description which offers both guidance to the artist and, possibly, an intentional distinctiveness for the armiger.

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Re: DARs Completed in 2018

Postby Ryan Shuflin » 20 Jul 2018, 16:14

Bruce E Weller wrote:Katanas are now widely reproduced throughout the world, indeed China is, I understand, a major manufacturer of display type swords.

To me the use of Japanese Katana implies a genuine, traditionally made sword, rather than a display or "wall" weapon.

I would stick with the description which offers both guidance to the artist and, possibly, an intentional distinctiveness for the armiger.


I understand the difference between a traditionally made weapon, and a cheap knock off, but how is the artist going to interpret that?

This is, after all a picture we are talking about not an actual sword. It is both redundant and a distinction without a difference. Or maybe a difference without a distinction?


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