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Dotanuki

Postby justin520 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:57 pm

Can somebody please explain it to me? I own 2 ronin kats and I still don't understand how it's different from shinogi zukuri with no bohi



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Re: Dotanuki

Postby Onimusha » Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:07 pm

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Re: Dotanuki

Postby justin520 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:12 pm

It only elaborates on the school and not the geometry itself.



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Re: Dotanuki

Postby Onimusha » Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:15 pm

Essentially, it means a thick blade with lots of niku. At least that's what it means these days.
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Re: Dotanuki

Postby Jussi Ekholm » Sat Aug 31, 2013 4:15 am

Dotanuki is only the one specific school. It has been used as a marketing term by various iaito sellers as well as Chinese katana sellers over the years. I believe it was brought into wide public by Lone Wolf & Cub. As it's not very famous as far as my sources about swordmaking schools show. When I get home I can track you the information I have on them.

But in short they were wide and thick blades, that are usually bit roughly made. Of course there were also better smiths among the Dotanuki smiths.

Here you can see a sword that was made by one of the better Dotanuki smiths: http://nihontou.jp/choice03/toukenkobug ... 40/00.html

The Ronin Dojo Pro I used to have was a bit thicker than most of the production katana.
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