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How to examine a Katana

I’ve always been very interested in Japanese swords, in all their variants. There’s quite a few different types of swords and knifes, but the most well known is the Katana. Now, if you do decide you want one of these and you travel to Japan to buy one, there is only one way for you to get it out of the country. That is to display to the authorities you know how to care for the sword. I do mean just that, not how to use it. Those are two widely different things. Swigning a sword around is not the same as making sure it will last for a long time.

Here’s is then how you examine the sword, check for potential problems, and being Japanese, yes there is a ritual to follow, precisely.

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