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Curved blade, blood groove
Death by elegant beauty
Of spirit and honour

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The following comments are for "Katana"
by De`esse

I liked the haiku, but I was just wondering do katanas really have a blood groove? I have one at home and it does not have one, and I don't believe any of the katanas at the dojo I go to have them either. I am not critisizing your work, I am really just curious. If someone could let me know that would be great.

( Posted by: Drastine [Member] On: March 29, 2002 )

apologies Dras! Here's your long awaited reply...
To answer your question, to my knowledge most 'real' ones do. My boyfriend collects and trains with swords and various other types of Eastern weaponry.

He explained that the blood groove was there basically to promote the efficiency of the cut, keeping the blood away from the edge of the blade, ready for the next cut.

That's my very general, basic understanding, if you want some additional information, by all means let me know, and I will seek, and provide ^_^

I'm still a novice learning about the Katana, and its use, its purpose and spirit... I do however love the weapon and have a great deal of respect and love of the blade.

Its such a 'polite death' *laughs* If it could be labled such.

( Posted by: De`esse [Member] On: April 8, 2002 )

Thanks for the info.
Thank you for the information. If I would have thought about it I would have realized that my katana has a blood groove. When I read your haiku the only thing I could think of was a blood groove on a claymore (or other double edged swords), so the fault of not thinking before typing lies with me. Once again thank you for giving me an ansewer, and I really do like the haiku.

( Posted by: Drastine [Member] On: April 8, 2002 )

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