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Method of Sword Maintenance part 3


XI) It is a good idea to apply oil to the surface of the tang with one's fingers. However, an excessive amount of oil must also be avoided here.

XII) Put the collar back and encase the blade tentatively in the scabbard. Remove the peg from the hilt, draw the blade out of the scabbard, hold it in the right hand in an almost upright position, pick up the hilt with the other hand, and put the tang back in the hilt. Keep holding the blade in the hilt with the left hand and hit the bottom of the hilt lightly with the palm of the right hand so that the tang settles firmly in the hilt. When the tang is fixed in its perfect position, replace the peg.

Reassemble all remaining parts of the sword



The Sword Saint - Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi

( I have used for the information about Musashi because it is based on historical research unlike, most of the info you find where you are really reading the embellished legend of Musashi )

Miyamoto Musashi (c.1584 - May 19, 1645) was a famous Japanese swordsman.

Much of Miyamoto Musashi's past is shrouded in mystery and legends. His place and date of birth are in doubt. Apparently he was born into a samurai family in the village of Miyamoto in the province of Mimasaka. His full name was Shinmen Musashi no Kami Fujiwara no Genshin.

Reputedly Musashi's mother died in childbirth and either his stepmother Toshiko raised him even after his father Shinmen Munisai divorced her or his mother's brother, a priest, raised him. He met his father occasionally and they may have sparred together. By the time Musashi was nine, his father was either dead or had totally abandoned the boy.

Musashi also apparently contracted eczema in his infancy and it influenced his appearance. One story claims he never took a bath because he did not want


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