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July 13, 2017

We're approaching 2,000 likes on Facebook, and we thought this would be a great time to check in with everyone about where we've come from and the State of the Union at Koryu Crafts today.

We officially opened our (web) doors on November 1, 2016.  Ben was doing some tsu...

June 2, 2017

As we develop our product line here at Koryu Crafts, we wanted to touch on one of the most distinguishing characteristics of many Japanese blades: the results produced by heat treatment.

For example, our Koryu Crafts Signature Shinken Line is made of differentially heat...

January 30, 2017

Like other bladed weapons developed across the world, the Japanese Katana was designed to be flexible, strong and resilient. For example, the swordsmiths’ use of “shingane,” the soft and flexible form of tamahagane, gives the katana its resilient flexibility. In contra...

January 19, 2017

In terms of Japanese swords, my specialty is the tsuka or handle.  For me, the tsuka is the unsung hero of the sword world.  If you disagree, try using a sword without it!  I think of it almost like a car’s steering wheel: you can have a Ferrari, but if the steering wh...

January 18, 2017

There’s an old Zen tale about the Sixth Patriarch Hui-neng commenting that the finger pointing at the moon should not be confused with the moon itself. In this context, he is warning against a focus on scripture that leads to a loss of awareness of what scripture is me...

January 17, 2017

Owen and I, the founders of Koryu Crafts, are both practitioners of the sword arts.  As a result, we usually stock our company with the products that we would like to use ourselves!  One of the most important items that we use at virtually every single class meeting is...

January 8, 2017

There’s a point in one of my martial arts novels where the main character, a reluctant hero by any measure, is balking at the likelihood that he may have to actually use his martial arts skills in a real and potentially lethal fight. His wise old Sensei, who has spent...

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