Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Advantage A Knife Has Over A Gun,

if there's nobody you want to shoot, you can always whittle.
From Texas Machinist:

W-2 Brine-Quenched

One of mine. A Sykes-Fairbairn WWII commando knife.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Kukri

that belongs to DirtCrashr.
As always, click on picture to embigen.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Picture For Anwyn

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

When I Am King Of The World

architects will not be allowed to put pipes under three inches of cement.

What looks like half a donut at the lower left of the upper right quarter is water from a broken hot water pipe.

Took two of us seven hours to break through the cement and stop the leak, and I still have to restore the floor and the wall.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Katana and Gunto (Updated With Saber)

The top four photos are from Texas Machinist (who has his own site at Texas Machinist, naturally) and writes:

"This was a sword [my father] got in combat. I don't remember what island but the officer was leading his men with a Nambu in his right hand and the sword in his left. One of my father[']s friend[s] knew how to take off the handle and read the date and family name on the shank. It seems an odd length, shorter than a katana but not as short as the normal short sword. I know many were shortened for later military use but I have no idea on this one. The blade is mirror like and the edge is sharp."

These two are mine, of a gunto, a machine-made but still very good sword, that has decorated my daughter's playroom since she was born.
(Some Greek parents put a knife under their babies' cribs as a charm against evil. That's not why I did it.)

As always, click to embigen.

UPDATE: Saber, also from Texas Machinist
Note the Western design with the chrysanthemum decoration on the hilt.