“Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem.”
Even when you're sharpening it?
Every time. Honor for the blade requires it. Of course when sharpening, "a little nick will do ya".
I am unaware of the requirement to draw blood vis-à-vis the Japanese samurai sword. It is a requirement to draw blood (not necessarily an enemy's) when unsheathing the Gurkha's knife (Kris, iirc).I may be wrong of course. My dad brought back a samurai sword from WW2 and I remember reading about them when I was 10 or so.- Goetz von Berlichingen
I believe Herr von Berlichingen to be totally correct. The Japanese are essentially a pragmatic people and swords need maintenance.
Enemy's blood? Tough to sharpen it at home...
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Same with my AIWB carry Glock
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The belief that the Gurkha knife, a kukri, must draw blood is a fallacy. I have handled ones owned by serving Gurkhas and this has never been mentioned, let alone required The kris is an Indonesian wavy blade, totally unlike a kukhri
Yer right. There sure is a lot of bullshit in re: Cool blades and other implements of us armed ones.