Sword Identity need help :(

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  1. SPDOmegaRanger

    SPDOmegaRanger Well-Known Member

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    Can anyone suggest what type of sword this is or a close one to it.

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    Also does anyone know one similar to the one pictured above but with like a indent(ive heard it called a blood tunnel thing) in the middle from the hilt to almost to the end of the tip of the blade

    any help is much appreciated as i would love to try and find out what type of blade/sword was used, it reminds me alot of Blade's Sword
     
  2. SmilingOtter

    SmilingOtter Master Member

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    What movie/show is it from?

    Sometimes it's called a blood groove, but it really has nothing to do with blood. It's more accurately called a fuller, and makes the blade both lighter and stronger.
     
  3. SPDOmegaRanger

    SPDOmegaRanger Well-Known Member

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    its from a show called Golden Knight Garo its a japan action show bloody good aswell
     
  4. Matsuo

    Matsuo Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Gahh not the "blood groove" thing again, pipe down before the blade experts see this...They'll flip out and go all Ninja on us. :lol
    It's called a "fuller" , they get pretty snippy about that subject... :confused

    Fullers lighten the blade and at the same time make it more rigid, just like an I beam is more rigid than flat steel.

    Neat blades, I'm sure they were custom made and if you page through any one of a number of cheapo blade sites you would likely find something that comes close or would make an adequate base for a custom.

    *EDIT* I just looked it up and that particular blade pattern (in regards to Japanese swords) is called the "Ken", a straight, double edged blade. Maybe that will help you narrow your search.

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  5. RedTwoX

    RedTwoX Sr Member

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    Ken is just the Japnese word for "sword". Kendo is ken=sword, do=the way of, The Way of the Sword. A wooden practice sword is a boken, bo=wood, ken=sword. I'm not an exprert, but I've never seen ken used to describe or name a particular partern of Japanses sword.
     
  6. Matsuo

    Matsuo Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    SPDOmegaRanger, look up Chinese swords, there are a lot more with that particular blade style than listed under Japanese swords.


    Red, please look here, for the word "ken".
    And here, For an image of blade types.
    Aside from years of casual study on the subject, this is where I got my info.

    From what I understand by this site and many others, Is that "ken" alone or as a prefix or suffix, is not the over all general word used for swords, but actually a sometimes generalized term for blades.

    If the information on those sites is incorrect I apologise for passing it along. Generally I do my homework before instructing or correcting anyone.

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  7. Birdie

    Birdie Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Blade's sword has more of a tradititional Katana look, only with a straight blade. The Chines ken looks almost broad-swordish.
     
  8. Matsuo

    Matsuo Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Yeah I noticed that a lot of the straight, double edged Chinese swords had a broadsword style tip as opposed to the turned up tip of some of the Japanese style swords. (often a feature of the single edged blades)

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