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Chasing Butterflies

Chasing Butterflies

I have spent this week chasing butterflies across the Internet; in search of capturing a concise understanding of the Hudiedao, to use in the writing of this seventh essay in the series, “Sharp as Knives”. When I picked up my net, I had no idea what a difficult task...
Samurai and Tantō

Samurai and Tantō

I am not sure when or where it was that I first heard the word “Samurai”. Like most people, I have an image which comes to mind when I read the word or hear the name. Yet, up until recently, my image had been based upon western films, television shows, and popular...
In defense of the knife

In defense of the knife

In 2017, I entered into an agreement to write a blog for Tai Chi Nederland. Within that agreement, I was given many freedoms. I was free to determine the frequency of the essay posts and free to determine the topics. I was also free to organize the topics as I liked...
Company Knives

Company Knives

When researching the topic of knives, I began to notice categories of information available. The preferred category of Historical Chinese Knives was not well represented. So, I widened my sites and began to make use of what was actually within my reach. Patterns began...
Behind Locked Doors

Behind Locked Doors

I have a long personal history with knives. By that statement, I do not mean that I have had a particularly long history of handling knives. Instead, I mean that my strong fear of knives has always been the determining factor in my relationship with them. I have spent...