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Offline Jaminos

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« on: April 28, 2007, 09:27:23 am »
Hi I am looking for place to buy a place to buy a soul reaper uniform.  Anyone know a good place that will tailor them to your size?  I intend to cosplay as just a normal background soulreaper who no one knows.

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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2007, 10:07:14 am »
go to ebay and buy a black hakama and kimono and some sandals and socks, you should be able to get your stuff fairly cheaply and fit to your size
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2007, 10:40:07 am »
You can find the costumes on ebay. My friend got a very well built Ichigo-Bankai form outfit off there. And another friend bought Soi-Fon's outfit, same senario. Well build, not utter crud, decent price.
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2007, 08:37:02 am »
Oh do keep in mind that purchased costumes are not allowed into the costume construction judging part of the cosplay competition (the whole point of doing costume construction judging is to acknoledge the effort that people put into creating their costumes... )

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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2007, 11:25:29 am »
Thats fine I was not intending on entering it.  I just want to cosplay because I can!
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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2007, 02:01:43 am »
i was just looking up to see what ebay was selling Bleach Ichigo at. the cost of buying the costume itself is not bad but $60 shipping. and then i still need to get the sword... i can only image how much a 51" sword is going to cost to ship....-.-;

edit: blah $28.98 for shipping but $54.99 for it...
http://www.swordsswords.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=564
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« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2007, 10:13:07 am »
Yeah, definately go to Ebay, I got an Ichigo Bankai costume there made for my size. The costume cost 25 bucks and the shipping was about 50 since it was from China.
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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2007, 10:56:43 pm »
Okay as for my zanpakutō I was ganna go for a Normal run of the mill Katana but one of my fellow Kumoricon companions said we can not bring live steel.  Even a cheap display Katana like the one I have.

Is this true?
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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2007, 06:27:40 am »
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Okay as for my zanpakutō I was ganna go for a Normal run of the mill Katana but one of my fellow Kumoricon companions said we can not bring live steel.  Even a cheap display Katana like the one I have.

Is this true?

Correct. Live steel is not allowed. Heck. My friend got mauled by a copy on the street because he was believed to have had a live steel weapon.
(Turned out to be wood.)
I'd advise buying a wooden practice sword.
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« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2007, 11:12:41 am »
Sigh if there were only wooden swords that had sheaths.
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« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2007, 12:25:37 pm »
it might be cheeper to go to a marshal arts supply store because the iiaido out fit is almost exactly what your looking for, i know because my boyfriend used to take iiaido (i might be spelling that wrong)
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« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2007, 03:15:39 am »
what!!! no steel swords T_T .... good thing i haven't bought my sword yet!!!...

edit: just wondering the exact reason that they don't allow them
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« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2007, 06:24:57 am »
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what!!! no steel swords T_T .... good thing i haven't bought my sword yet!!!...

edit: just wondering the exact reason that they don't allow them

Besides the fact that bringing a live weapon in a dangorous thing?
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« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2007, 08:24:28 am »
In general, you'll find that tromping about with a sword can get to be a pain, especially if you haven't carried a sword around before.  I've taken Iaido, and know how to carry a sword and walk with it properly, but not many other attendees have had this experience. there's a lot more to properly carrying a sword that simply jamming it into your obi. The way you move has to be different and you have to be more aware of the amount of space you are now taking up (the sword essentially expands your width to its length...). If you aren't aware of the extra space you're taking up, you'll be bumping people and banging the sword on objects all the time.

Yes, carrying a sword looks cool, but if you want to sit down, you have to remove it from your obi; when you go into the dealer's area, everyone will be clumped up around the table you want to view and you sword will get bumped many times (this can hurt you if it happens enough times...sometimes it'll get thwacked hard enough that you may be thumped in the face by the hilt!); and when you're walking through the halls, you have to be aware that no one is really paying attention to who's got a sword, so the sword will be bumped constantly.  

When I had my Sesshoumaru costume, the first time I wore it I had my sword, but quickly learned that it's so much easier to get through massive crowds when I don't have the sword.

The reason they don't allow live steel is the same reason why they don't allow real guns (or things that look just like real guns). It's just not a good idea to have lots of weapons around in crowds. Another reason is because at least 90% of cosplayers have no clue how to properly use or carry a real weapon safely.

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« Reply #15 on: May 04, 2007, 12:17:14 pm »
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The reason they don't allow live steel is the same reason why they don't allow real guns (or things that look just like real guns). It's just not a good idea to have lots of weapons around in crowds. Another reason is because at least 90% of cosplayers have no clue how to properly use or carry a real weapon safely.

Agreed.
I myself know fully well how to handle lives guns and rifles, having grown up around them and been taught very carefully how to operate them.
But, you'll find, the majority of people DON'T.
Then you get stupid people.
"OH LOL I'LL POINT THIS AT THIS GUYS FACE EVEN IF IT'S LOADED. OOPS I PULLED THE TRIGGER."
"-so obviously bleeding from the face-"
I mean, crap. I've seen people shoot at rocks from 2 feet away. e_e; People are morons, so there has to be rules to prevent it from happening.
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« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2007, 12:02:48 am »
...yeah... u both have good points... then i just thought of something ichigo's sword is **** huge that thing would ware u down fast >.>
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« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2007, 01:28:54 am »
as a army brat aswell as a guy who taught some swordsmenship I do not like sitting around people who do not know they are doing. I am not gonna give the full story but I will make it short, pretty decent scar on my left arm... so if you feel the need to carry something on your hip to fill out your costume just use a bokken or something
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« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2007, 07:19:54 am »
Well I was hopeing for similar rules like Sakora where you could bring swords as long as they were secured via convention standard.  however things are different so oh well.  

As for weapons training I have a great expanse of knowledge on firearms but I would never walk into a convention with one.  I can understand why my cheap $15 Katana would not be allowed eaither.  All it takes is one guy to walk into someone who is poseing and he looses apendage or worse.

As I said before dose anyone know a place that sells wooden swords with a sheath?
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« Reply #19 on: May 05, 2007, 07:22:37 am »
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Well I was hopeing for similar rules like Sakora where you could bring swords as long as they were secured via convention standard.  however things are different so oh well.  

As for weapons training I have a great expanse of knowledge on firearms but I would never walk into a convention with one.  I can understand why my cheap $15 Katana would not be allowed eaither.  All it takes is one guy to walk into someone who is poseing and he looses apendage or worse.

As I said before dose anyone know a place that sells wooden swords with a sheath?

I'd hate to get hurt because of something like that. xX;;

Check ebay and amazon.....My friends themselves made their own sheaths for their bokken.
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« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2007, 12:28:40 pm »
Making your own swords/weapons out of wood or sign board is a lot more fun, and gives you a nice sense of accomplishment, anyway.
Also, you can make them far more accurate that way.

My friend goes as Byakuya and he made his own sword. A few people saw a pic form SC and commented on how it was the best they had seen.

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« Reply #21 on: May 08, 2007, 10:10:10 am »
Well my only problem is the woodworking tools that  I do have available would not be able to make much.

Also dose anyone know of anywhere that has a good pattern for a soul reaper uniform?  I was about to get a ebay version when a friend told me to try the home made version first.  I thought at first a normal Kimono would do but there are too many types.
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« Reply #22 on: May 08, 2007, 10:18:24 am »
I noticed on the Kumoricon Policies that it says the following:

"The staff will determine if your prop is acceptable within the Convention Space. Props which are not allowed within the convention space include, but are not limited to:

Air-soft or projectile weapons
Live (sharp enough to cut) steel
Props wide enough or long enough to inhibit flow of traffic."

Doesn't this mean that you can bring a real sword as long as it isnt sharp enough to cut anyone and remains in the sheath? I was told by one of the staff(I can't remember who) that I could buy a sword and "dull it to meet the requirements".
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« Reply #23 on: May 08, 2007, 10:43:06 am »
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Also dose anyone know of anywhere that has a good pattern for a soul reaper uniform? .


You need a black hakama and a pair of thigh length kimonos (one black, one white), plus a white obi (essentially a rectangle about 9" wide & long enough to go around your waist 2x + have about 15" to tie it....

Hakama patterns available from Folkwear and Simplicity has Kimono patterns. I've seen free patterns available online (they may not be as good as the purchasable patterns, but they are free), so do a search on hakama pattern and kimono pattern.

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« Reply #24 on: May 08, 2007, 02:18:03 pm »
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I noticed on the Kumoricon Policies that it says the following:

"The staff will determine if your prop is acceptable within the Convention Space. Props which are not allowed within the convention space include, but are not limited to:

Air-soft or projectile weapons
Live (sharp enough to cut) steel
Props wide enough or long enough to inhibit flow of traffic."

Doesn't this mean that you can bring a real sword as long as it isnt sharp enough to cut anyone and remains in the sheath? I was told by one of the staff(I can't remember who) that I could buy a sword and "dull it to meet the requirements".

That'd be a pretty stupid idea, really. :( It'd ruin the weapon.
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« Reply #25 on: May 08, 2007, 02:53:04 pm »
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I noticed on the Kumoricon Policies that it says the following:

"The staff will determine if your prop is acceptable within the Convention Space. Props which are not allowed within the convention space include, but are not limited to:

Air-soft or projectile weapons
Live (sharp enough to cut) steel
Props wide enough or long enough to inhibit flow of traffic."

Doesn't this mean that you can bring a real sword as long as it isnt sharp enough to cut anyone and remains in the sheath? I was told by one of the staff(I can't remember who) that I could buy a sword and "dull it to meet the requirements".


This changes everything!  My katana has a hard time gutting warm butter let alone flesh.  However I will have a plan B in case I would be turned down.

Also for a pattern dose anyone have a link to a place where you can purchase a pattern?
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« Reply #26 on: May 09, 2007, 10:17:54 am »
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That'd be a pretty stupid idea, really. :( It'd ruin the weapon.


True, but that's why you buy two.  :P
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« Reply #27 on: May 09, 2007, 03:41:59 pm »
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That'd be a pretty stupid idea, really. :( It'd ruin the weapon.


True, but that's why you buy two.  :P

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« Reply #28 on: May 09, 2007, 03:55:55 pm »
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Also for a pattern dose anyone have a link to a place where you can purchase a pattern?


Of course!   :D

Hakama pattern:
http://roundearth.stores.yahoo.net/hakformarar.html
OR    http://www.folkwear.com/151.html
Supposedly this site   http://luxnova.home.mindspring.com/samuraigame/hakama.html   has a free hakama pattern on it, but the site was "unavailable" when I tested the link.

Important info on Hakama (incl how to tie one and how to store it to preserve the pleats properly):
http://www.loyola.edu/maru/hakama.html

Info on Japanese clothing: http://www.japanesekimono.com/index.htm
and in the book  "Make your own Japanese clothing" (available at Uwajimaya in Beaverton)

lots o' patterns:  http://roundearth.stores.yahoo.net/patterns.html

You can also find the FolkWear patterns at Fabric Depot (122nd and Stark in Portland)

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« Reply #29 on: May 09, 2007, 08:41:17 pm »
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Xx; Am I the only one that holds any priority in being CHEAP? Lordy.


No, I don't like spending too much money either, but I will have plenty of money to throw around by the time I need this stuff so I don't mind so much. Plus, it's for something that I truly enjoy, which doesn't happen very often.
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« Reply #30 on: May 09, 2007, 10:23:07 pm »
A Normal Display Katana runs for anound 15 not includeing shipping.  That is nothing.
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