Now that I have a couple of swords suitable for actual use, I've built a stand for some backyard cutting. I haven't used it yet as I have noticed several different configurations in use by folk here. The one I have put together is about chest high - maybe a little less, with a platform about 1 1/2 feet on the long side and maybe a foot on the short. Seems a bit larger than most, but I am hoping that as long as the cutting is done toward an object near the edge, it will be safe.
I have a Cheness Tenchi now and an ATrim on the way, and I'd like to safely use them. Are homemade stands and cutting plastic bottles the way to go or would I be better off purchasing tatami targets and a stand?
Post by Brian of DBK on Sept 24, 2007 17:59:00 GMT
Homemade stands are good, as long as you don't hit it with the blade
Bottles are good to slice BUT, they will scuff the blade, and different types of bottles work better than others. Milk jugs work best. I found with water bottles that certain types don't like to be hit straight on, but at an angle only. Otherwise you bat them, even though the angle was probably acceptable (it's a pressure versus thickness of the plastic). These bottles usually have the lid pop off at high speed, and the bottle goes flying. As a rule of thumb, I hit water bottles at an angle, same with 2 liter coke bottles. Milk jugs, orange juice jugs, good to go at any angle.
I've only cut bottles so far. I second what matrix said basically. I tended to wack the hell outta my stands learning to cut. I'd say watch some vids of people who know what they are doing (not mine lol) and learn slowly. I started a thread on cutting techniques that recieved some good input you could take a look at if you find time. Have fun.
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