My first proper Ninja Sword was the Bushido Musashi - Koga Black Ninja Sword w/ a full Tang. I bought this one from Trueswords.com. This sword is very nice and my first fully functional and sharp sword.
Now I know the "Ninja-to" straight sword never existed in historical Nippon (Japan) but I grew up watching Hollywood Ninja flicks in the 80's and this was the Hollywood sword that introduced a generation of us to the Ninja. Regardless of the historical accuracy, it's a cool sword.
This one is longer than a "traditionally thought of" Ninja-to (Overall 40 3/4 inches as opposed to 34 1/2 inches). Even so... it cuts like a trooper. Even the thick Bamboo (yes bamboo grows in Georgia and is quite common) cuts effortlessly. The blade is black and looks very nice. Carbon Steel and a full tang held in place by 2 mekugi pegs, this is a fully functional blade.
I bought it for $59.99 but that price does change. It's been in the $60 - $70 range lately. Sword Buyers Guide is like the Bible of websites for sword collectors and the review of this sword is HERE.
If you want an affordable Ninja sword that looks very nice and is fully functional then this is one you should definitely check out.
I like a good Podcast. My regulars will be linked below, but for now, for most part I like listening to authors and writers being interviewed or telling their stories. I also like some of these where a celebrity interviews other celebrities. Generally, I listen to podcasts to and from work on the dreaded commute. It beats having to hear the same 10 songs played endlessly on the radio. Podcasting is becoming a bit of a phenomenon in that everyone is doing it now. It seems being a YouTube star was saturated so the next move was over to pure audio. I mean, why be bothered with having to watch something when you can just listen to it and do other things, right? Just like with YouTube though, you have to find the shows that offer up something. Most of the really good podcasting shows have a singular point of view. Such as Author Stories by Hank Garner which is just about interviewing authors and writers. Then you have The No Pants Cocktail Hour with Jeff Somer s, who is an author,
I'm not going to lie, in the decade before Tower Records closed down, I had probably gone into the Atlanta store only a handful of times. MP3 and digital was the way to get music and that was just more exciting and accessible. However, thinking back on the old Gen X days and the great 90's, it was the experience of going to Tower Records that I really miss. There was an excitement to it that no music streaming service will ever be able to to replicate. This was especially true on new release Tuesdays. That meant heading down to Tower Monday night, usually around 9 or 10 pm and then hanging out until 12 am to get the new release first. Back then, it felt like winning a competition by being the first person to get a new release and check it out on the drive back home. That meant, the next day you would be able to talk about it with your friends, who more than likely, went with you to pick it up too. Also funny when looking back on it, I used to see the people who worke
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