1. trying out a new sword or blade (originally on someone, but now on soaked straw targets)
Wikipedia definition
2. TameshigiriTameshigiri (試し斬り, 試し切り, 試斬, 試切) is the Japanese art of target test cutting. The kanji literally mean "test cut" . This practice was popularized in the Edo period (17th century) for testing the quality of Japanese swords and continues through the present day.
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試し切り 【ためしぎり】


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