If you’ve missed the evolution of the ninja sword discussions day-by-day, here’s an easier way to read them all in order:
Part 1.) Origins of the 80s Ninja-To – in which we looked at the earliest American magazine ads we could find for the regulation ninja sword sold in the 80s. Surprise – 1973!
Part 2.) Why Are People So Hung Up on the Alleged Ninja-To? – in which we realize what a can of worms that first post opened.
Part 3.) E-Debate Rages on the Notorious Ninja-To – looks at the internet exchange between Don Roley, Stephen K. Hayes and Antony Cummins on who’s responsible for unleashing this thing on the world.
Part 4.) Ninja-To Visual Shorthand in Manga – looking at the absence of the stereotypical blade in decades of Japanese comics.
Part 5.) Ninja-To Visual Shorthand in American vs. Japanese Films – tries, but is unable to find a trace of the sword in a ninja movie before 1983.
Part 6.) So in Conclusion – did the above five articles answer anything, or just bring up more questions?
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