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A picture from my self portrait assignment, where I could not take any pictures of myself.... strange I know...

In Japanese culture the Samurai considered their katanas to be their souls. Therefore I thought it would be appropriate to take a picture of my katana for my self portrait.

The base on which it is resting is designed by me and crafted by my dad out of pine. He then used ebony stain on it and a couple of coats of clear.

Edit: Okay, so I have had requests to make this picture available for purchase as prints. I'm not sure how it works legally, but while I own this sword I do not believe that I own the image of it. The composition and the stand are both mine, but the sword remains an issue. Therefore as long as I am not sure if I can legally sell this picture or not, it will not be available for purchase. If any of you are knowledgeable in this area I would be glad to hear your input.
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franc002 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
comment puis-je l’acheté???
je suis à Madagascar la vente on-line n'existe pas encore
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agamone Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
its beautiful... i want one
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two-smokes Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
Obviously a very well-loved sword. Great photo, except the few inaccuracies which others have already pointed out.
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timonator1400 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup, it's pretty well liked. And now that I have straitened out those inaccuracies on the real one, it likes me too. ^_^
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BraveFencer Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Interesting, looks like the paul chen pratical plus. But I doubt it is real, seeing as you have it upside down. See, in japanese culture, the swords are sharp enough that if left with the blade facing down, they cut through their saya (Sheaths) and then through the wooden stands. I recommend correcting that, they say a blade, be it real or display, carries with it the soul of it's owner, and should the blade be down, so shall the soul.
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two-smokes Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
I find the idea that a samurai would not use his sword often enough to notice the damage to his Saya before the sword had cut the stand unlikely. However, the tradition does revolve around preserving the blade of the sword, since constant contact with the wood of the Saya would do significant damage to the blade's edge. Much like un-stringing a bow, when stored, a weapon's future effectiveness is the primary consideration.
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mszafran Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
It should also be the other way round, with the tsuka (handle) to the left. So basically pick it up and rotate it anti-clockwise 180 degrees :)

During peace time they were stored in this manner, as it's the hardest way to draw them. During war they were stored tsuka facing right.

Cool picture though. I really like The stand too.
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timonator1400 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha ha, well I had it completely wrong didn't I. Oh well I guess I can't know what I have never learned. ^_^ Although I suppose the War in Iraq is still going on, that might count... maybe. Ha, never mind thanks for the advice, I'll go fix that now. I just finished a new sword stand for my rapier today, maybe I will post a picture of that one too.
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mszafran Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
Hey no probs, everyone has to learn. Most of the pictures you see of sword stands are the wrong way round.

A picture of the rapier would be cool :)
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timonator1400 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the advice, I couldn't find information on which way was up for it. It is a little late to change the picture (maybey I could claim that artists are always down lol) but I can (and just did) change the real one at least. As for whether it's real or not, it was made by Hanwei in China so I am saying no, definitly not real. Although it is still the best piece in my sword collection by far, followed up by my raiper, and then the broadsword. ^_^ Thanks again.
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BraveFencer Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
So that is the Paul Chen Practical Plus, then indeed, that is quite the Katana. Hanwei/Paul Chen of CAS Iberia is well known for his excellent swordsmithing, he was actually trained in Japan, but then got himself a forge in China to save on the exportation costs on Katana's that exist in Japan. I actually owned the original practical for some time, and both my Budo Taijutsu Dojo and my Kenjutsu school think very highly of these puppies, so treat it well, I have gotten a similar model to shave through multiple cutting targets quite easily. Good to hear those swords are still circulating, good purchase.
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timonator1400 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! I always treat all of my swords like they are precious but most of them are really cheap replicas. Now that I know this I will give it extra care. The storeowner told my mom that this was the one a sword collector would want but I always thought he was just being a salesman. I had never looked into it's background and always assumed that real katanas only came from Japan. Thanks for opening my eyes. ^_^
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BraveFencer Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
Well I love to help. That's funny, I used to sell swords myself, but never this kind to collectors, usually only the cheapy no blades. Indeed, be sure to keep the blade well oiled or it will rust, but don't be afraid to go cut shit up, it can do that well. Here is the website so you can learn about that company. [link]
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timonator1400 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the link, I appreciate it. I have some nice sword oil I will continue to use on it. However I don't think I will be able to use it as a practical sword any time soon I would be too worried about it even though it is as quality a sword as it is. ^_^
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