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Cutting bodies: Illustrations from period Japanese manuals on tameshigiri and suemonogiri

  • by Randy McCall 

The origins of modern test cutting descend from a much more violent era.  Modern tameshigiri is defined as the testing of the skill of the practitioner by cutting objects, usually rolled straw mats or bundled straw.

In the late Edo Period (1603 t0 1868) and early Meiji Period (1868 to 1912) — where a smith or the owner of a blade might wish to prove the its quality and cutting power — tameshigiri was defined as testing the sword against the object being cut. Under this definition, helmets (kabuto), armour (yoroi), and heavy sections of bamboo or wood might be cut.   This testing process, if incorrectly carried out by unskilled practitioners, or where the quality of the blade was not the best, could easily result in the destruction of the sword.

This same time periods also saw  the practice of the extreme form of tameshigiri known as aratameshi — testing a sword to destruction to see how much abuse it could take.  As I mention in the articled linked to, many believe this practice was an attempt by the Japanese to prove the superiority of their weapons over European blades.

In even earlier times (Edo period and before) another version of tameshigiri was performed on the bodies of executed criminals.  This practice is more properly defined as suemonogiri, “the cutting of tied objects”.

The reason for this is quite simple; the bodies of criminals would be tied into various positions to allow the test cutter to make the appropriate cuts.

In this grisly test, positioning was important, as the blades would often bisect the criminal’s body along lines designed to cut through the maximum amount of bone possible.  It required extreme skill on the part of the tester, who must cut precisely or potentially break the blade.

That such a manual existed for the training of test cutters shows the importance this position held.  At certain points of Japanese history professional test cutters known as “otameshi-geisha” were in great demand.


Source: Copyright © 2014 Tameshigiri - The Art of Cutting



porn always ends up on your dash

it doesn’t matter if you only follow disney blogs

you will get porn on your dash

It showed up on my dash during lecture yesterday
On my brightly-lit ipad :(

sorry em :))


Here at Max Level, we don’t love video games exclusively… we also love people who create art with them in mind!

Designer Jeff Langevin is good — like, really good. Check out his full gallery of geek-inspired work, and proceed to swoon over all of it.

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