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    Yea, so I got these two swords off ebay really cheap. I just got them in the mail today. They are a good quality, and for some reason I intrinsicly know how a good blade should look. The blades are decent sharpness, but I noticed they tend to veer to one side (slightly bent), which might be due to me test trial on the blades [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_n_32.gif[/img] . Does anyone here invloved in cutlery know how I can best take care of the swords, to keep the blade sharp, keep it from staining/rusting etc.? Thanks.
    This is how they look- http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....IT&rd=1

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    However you store them, make sure they're in the sheath blade-up so it isn't actually touching anything. You probably know that already, but I figured I'd mention.

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    That's not what I think of when I think "sword." To me they look like an oversized Ginsu knife on an Ginsu infomercial. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]

    They'd probably carve bread really well...
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    Trust me, they'd be quite functional [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] ! You don't want a blade too large, or it wont be practical... in combat. A 24" sword is nice. If I had gotten one any larger, I would have demanded that it either be a doubl-edged longsword or a katana. I prefer longswords though. Anyway, the two swords were made in China, but I can't figure out their method of construction. Their signd of slight imperfection and their sharpness would seem to mean they are not made like most decorative swords, but closer to a real combat/functional sword.

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    I have a bunch of swords too, some of mine are really crappy though. But that's just because they were incredibly cheap. I just clean my swords when I'm done using them (cutting weeds) and then put them in the sheath and they usually stay in pretty good condition. My favorite one has this really thin blade and when I flick it, it makes this long tinging noise, really cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] ]This item can be held as a single sword or "split in half" and used as two swords. The pieces do not connect together with any type of fastener.
    I didn't notice that before. So they both have half a handle? Yikes. If we're talking practicality that doesn't seem to help much... but in the end it's not like you're going to need them to save your life or anything.

    Maybe that's why they veer to the side... to make sure they contact each other firmly?

    Beyond a sharp blade of course I'd say the most important characteristic in combat would be the balancing, but no way to tell from a photo how they measure up.

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    Actualy, they veer away from eachother when held together. The half handle really makes it impractical to switch hands between the two swords. The black is better held in the right hand, and the white in the left. Otherwise, you'll notice it's uncomfortable to have the flat end of the handle facing your palms. Otherwise, they are pretty good. As far as balancing, I forget where the balance should be. I think in these swords, the balance is 4.5" (towards the blade) from the handle. The whole sword is 27.5" long, the handle is 7.75", and the blade is 19.75" long. Is that good?

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    Dunno... I figured how it felt was the clincher. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img] I had some of those cheap chrome sai you see in every weapon store that I bought a long time ago, and the second I picked up my soke's pair (made by people who know exactly what they're doing) I knew my old pair might as well go in the trash. It was like putting on my own shoes after spending a day in someone else's.

    I got curious about how it used to be calculated and found some stuff on wikipedia that was amazingly detailed. You should take a look if you haven't already. This was interesting too: http://www.myarmoury.com/feature_properties.html

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