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MIRABILE DRAGONFLY CUTTER (TONBOKIRI)

Discussion in 'Sword Discussion' started by JParanee, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    I thought some would find this interesting

    Here is a video of a piece from David Mirabile that was inspired by Jimmy Fikes and Don Fogg’s Jungle Honey / Cloud Cutter.

    The Baldric sheath was done by the great Paul Long

    It’s all in the video

    Big thanks to Jimmy Fikes for giving us his blessing



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  2. DocJD

    DocJD

    Jan 29, 2016
    Beautiful blade and sheath . :cool::thumbsup::thumbsup:

    Great cutting practice and marvelous scary war face ! :eek:;)
     
  3. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006

    Thx Doc ... I try :)
     
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  4. mross

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    Nov 10, 2003
    Jimmy Fikes is a really good guy. His blades are scary at what they can do.
     
  5. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Nice video, JParanee! Your excitement and delight shows. And why not, it's an epic Mirabile blade, a beautiful, curvy piece. You always* seem to catch a fancy for the most fetching of blades.

    Mirabile: he microwaves his ice cream and even leaves the bones in, he cracks crab legs with a trip hammer, he puts on an extra mean face for the camera when hand-hammering. Even better, he makes some of the most amazing swords I've ever seen! 'Grats on owning that interesting cutter.


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  6. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006

    Thx Sam ....... you coming to Blade

    His raw visceral sense of blade craft is undeniable

    He truly has a sense for making nasty weapons

    You can see in this pic of cutting a single mat target there are two cuts the draw cut and the upper cut and the mat is still in place.... it’s fast

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    On this double mat target I had to pit a bit more effort :)


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  7. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    Yes I was observing that in the video - many of the cuts barely even moved the tatami roll.

    Finished weight 1 lb 14.5 oz, super fast.

    One of the best things about having something like that is practice cutting. It's fun, and has the danger element that forces the cutter to pay keen attention and focus hard, in the moment, a bit of an altered state. It looks simple, but you can get better at it endlessly, and end up doing things with a blade that are mind-boggling yet look effortless. I like how your videos can make viewers want to try it for themselves, and they should.

    Not sure if I can make it to Blade this year, but maybe can send something special for the Diskin booth case! :]
     
  8. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Sam

    You will be missed at Blade buddy

    I miss cutting it is something I used to do fairly often in my youth

    these days I'm relegated to only being able to cut maybe once every two years or so and it’s only a few mats

    I just started getting up to speed the last few targets

    This piece has made me want to cut more :)
     
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  9. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Just cutting video

    This piece has inspired me to blow the cob webs off and try and get back to full speed ....before I’m to old too :)

     
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  10. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013

    Before you're too old? HA! Tell that to this guy. Check out those rising cuts!





    It's no tatami, but this is my practice cutting zone. A target rich environment:

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  11. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    You live in a beautiful place

    I guess what I meant to say was I gotta get back on it

    Like I said in the other post I used to spend over 9 hours a week with a sword like object in my hands and I miss it :)
     
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  12. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013

    With that Mirable dragonfly cutter it will be a great 9 hours.
     
  13. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    If there were ever a end of the world Apocalypse style blade this might be it

    As a castle sword (short sword) this piece is a stand out

    There are so many reasons I favor longer handles

    I will do another cutting video and go over why I favor longer handles

    When choked up using one hand to the Turks head the blade becomes very quick as in changes direction quickly

    When not choked up using one hand the blade becomes very powerful think of framing handle

    Two handed observation

    I have not cut much the last decade or so

    When I do it’s to test a blade and I usually only prepare 10 to 15 targets

    So by the time I’m getting up to speed and getting used to things I’m out of targets :)

    You can see while this was literally the first time I swung this piece when I transition to the double hand cut my hands go naturally to this length handle

    The two handed swing adds a lot of power

    You don’t need this for tatami mats but if you were trying to cut through leather and or armor you would

    Gonna try to make time to really see how well this thing will cut

    BTW David is making a slightly larger much more ornate variant

    This will be a work of art

    This one will be clay hardened version so a much more distinct Hamon

    This piece will be at the blade Show if all goes well

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  14. Mecha

    Mecha Madscienceforge.com Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 27, 2013
    He sleeps on a Harley. He lives in a shipping container. The man himself is art! :D
     
  15. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006

    He actually lives on a boat and yes his shop is a shipping container :)

    He sent me this video about seven years ago that showed his view from his bedroom :)



    But these days he is living with a lovely lady on land :)
     
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