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MIRABILE / LONG DRAGONFLY CUTTER (TONBOKIRI)

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by JParanee, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006

    Thank you and I had no idea they did another other than the Cloud Cutter

    Would love to see pics

    Thx
     
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  2. brightred

    brightred Gold Member Gold Member

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    Aug 23, 2004
    the dragonfly was made shortly after the cloud cutter, i think in 2005, for a member of bladeforums, joss: https://www.bladeforums.com/threads/fike-fogg-dragonfly.350392/#post-3105988

    the only picture i was able to find is this one, taken from photobucket (i don't know who made the photo):
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    regards,
    hans
     
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  3. The Shatz

    The Shatz Gold Member Gold Member

    780
    Oct 1, 2017
    Way cool joe!! Congrats thanks for the review
     
  4. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006

    That is a beautiful piece ..... my favorite of the Jungle Honey / Cloud Cutter Variants

    My history with owning blades named Tonbokiri dates back to over 3o years ago when Michael Bell made me a Katana he had named TONBOKIRI (Dragonfly Cutter)

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    Since than Phill Hartsfield made me another



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    Another we also named Dragonfly Cutter (TONBOKIRI) was this very special piece from Rick Barrett & Louis Mills



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    So as you can see I really like that name :)

    This is the original I believe that started it all TONBOKIRI which was a spear (Yari) that belonged to a famous Japanese Samurai

    The Tonbokiri (蜻蛉切) is one of three legendary Japanese spears created by the famed swordsmith Fujiwara Masazane, said to be wielded by the daimyō Honda Tadakatsu, a leading general of Tokugawa Ieyasu. The spear was over 40 cm long.[1]

    The spear derives its name from the myth that a dragonfly landed on its blade and was instantly cut in two. Thus tonbo (Japanese for "dragonfly") and kiri (Japanese for "cutting"), translating this spear's name as "Dragonfly Cutter".

    The weapon, along with Nihongō and Otegine, is listed as one of "three great spears" in the Kyōhō Meibutsucho, a listing of famous Koto blades made before the Nanbokucho period and compiled by the Hon'ami family during the Kyōhō era (1716–1735).[2]

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    All great stuff and thank you for posting the pic ....I love it :)
     
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  5. brightred

    brightred Gold Member Gold Member

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    Aug 23, 2004
    thank you very much, joe! that is an impressive and beautiful collection! i see why this new beauty had to be a dragonfly.

    regards,
    hans
     
  6. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    This thread just keeps getting better.
     
  7. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Before I read any text on your initial post, I saw that blade and thought 'hey, Jungle Honey ! :) and what a beaut that is too, thank you for sharing, here's a 'vintage' video of Jimmy Fikes with his Jungle Honey, it's a tad long so probably more than most folks want to sit through, but interesting to say the least, I do not know what year it was filmed in, but, it was a long time ago !



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  8. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006

    You have no idea

    I have dragonfly tattoos on my back with my kids names in them

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    This shows some mistakes while playing with a bull whip :)

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    I even have a boat named Dragonfly ...... notice the dragonfly on the lower part of rudder :)

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    So I definitely have a strange fascination for them :)
     
  9. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Hi Gary


    I’ve watched that video many many times

    Jimmy is the man

    The 2X4 cuts are the best

    He cuts one in two cuts

    It’s impressive

    Might have to try it :)
     
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  10. Mike157

    Mike157 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 29, 2006
    David certainly has a great sense of design for aesthetics and what absolutely works - and the talent and skill to bring it to life. What a fun and great looking piece. Love proportions of the blade and curve of that edge. David’s handle construction is classy and functional, as we can expect.

    Paul’s work is gorgeous, as always, and adds the finishing character to a finely completed package.

    Your videos, Joey, are always just plain well done and fun. Of course, they are also informative and demonstrate the qualities, capabilities, and beauty of the blades you share with us.

    Thanks for sharing this fine piece, Joey, David, and Paul. Mike
     
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  11. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006

    Thx Mike

    I really appreciate the kind words

    See you soon in Atlanta buddy
     
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  12. john april

    john april KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 27, 2006
    this is a great thread :) fantastic weapon and history.
     
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  13. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006

    Thx John

    I and I know david appreciate the kind words
     
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  14. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    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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  15. i4Marc

    i4Marc KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 19, 2011
    Yoku Dekimashita!
     
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  16. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006

    Thank you :)
     
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  17. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    Fantastic!!!!! Thanks, Brother....

    The ‘Terrible Trio’....David, Joe, and Paul

    It’s always great to see one of your presentations, especially when it’s David’s work and Paul’s leather.

    I’m very sure that Jimmy is pleased and it’s wonderful to hear that you guys were able to get with him about this.....
     
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  18. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Dudley

    As you know Jimmy is a good dude and we would not think about paying homage to him with out his blessing

    David is doing one more of these in full mountings for the Blade Show ..... should be spectacular

    Here is just the cuts from the video

    Some slow mo action also

    This piece has inspired me to blow the dust off my cutting and start cutting a lot more

    It’s been years since I cut a lot and by the time I was running low on targets I was just getting some speed back

    Expect more and a lot faster :)


     
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  19. Mike157

    Mike157 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 29, 2006
    I could watch this all day! Thanks Joe. Mike
     
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  20. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006


    It’s the music :)
     
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