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Naginata by kerembeyit Naginata by kerembeyit
This is the artwork that I've made for BudK Catalog. They're making swords and all kinds of martial art weapons I guess... So that's a naginata my guy's holding. They wanted a calmed Autumn atmosphere which I very much liked, and I guess I'm getting better with painting snowy mountains:)

I hope you like this one.

Photoshop CS2, UC-Logic PF1209-Pro Tablet
(Approx. 20 Hours)
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AJSimons90 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
That is a great painting and ever since i saw it in the budk catalog I've always wanted that sword.
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Pyrus-Leonidas Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
awesome detail my friend!
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StormSnowe Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Er, no. That's a nagamaki.
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BIGBOSS9545 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
The blade looks shorter than the handle, and the Nagamaki is of equal length of katana and a staff, the Naginata is a staff with a katana on the tip of it, not including the steel inside the staff. But I don't know, I might be wrong.
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StormSnowe Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Yes, the blade in this picture is somewhat (but not much) shorter than the handle. A nagamaki's blade is plus minus equal size to the handle. A naginata's blade is supposed to be able to fit into it's handle twice (plus minus), meaning if this were in fact a naginata the handle should be much longer which it isn't.
Also a nagamaki's design as far as the handle goes is close to that of a katana, which it is in this picture. A naginata is generally described as a polearm weapon and as you said a naginata is a staff (though not exactly with a katana at the tip) with a curved blade at the tip similar to a katana's curved blade, but then slightly more curved at the tip. Just look at the pictures on here and compare:
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There you go, just check the description. Comparing that to the picture above this looks like a nagamaki to me.

If this were a naginata in that picture it shouldn't have a katana's handle, but the part where the guy's holding the weapon should be more like a staff and the blade should be shorter and more curved, especially at the tip. Also, a naginata should be much larger in comparison to the person holding it unless the person depicted here happens to be a giant.
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kray1 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
It's actually a Chinese design called a da dao (similar to the naginata-like pu dao), which for some reason is all too often misrepresented as a naginata or nagamaki.
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CyberianGinseng Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Well the blade looks similar to a dadao. However, of the pictures I've seen, the handle is too long (here it's longer than the blade) and much more like a nagamaki. Looks to me like a hybrid between the two.
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kray1 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
In the place I practice Shaolin at there is a very similar weapon to this that people there call a dadao. I believe there are also some historical examples of this type of weapon floating around, and I have seen forms with the 1:1 blade/grip ratio. That being said it may be called something other than a dadao, I do not know.
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BIGBOSS9545 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Well, today's society is mistaking items for what they look like and not for what they are. I'm somewhat part of that, sadly. But, you cannot deny that the Japanese weaponry is more than unique.
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StormSnowe Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
True. Unfortunately true for the first part, but I still think it's important to know the difference.
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