The FAN is the heaviest and smoothest tool from the KATA BLADE series. It’s slower speed allows you to make long and large motions producing beautiful soft patterns. As the FAN is wide and short, it is recommended to add a white diffusing gel on the torch to widen and soften the beam before it enters the blade. The BOLD is all about smoothness, constant gradations with some rare highlights. The ART is all layered gradations with small highlights and gentle, rich textures.
Designed to be used as twin pairs… But follow your feelings above all!
INSPIRATION: The FAN is inspired by the FIGHTING FAN from Korea and also found in China and Japan. It was mainly a Korean martial arts weapon that originated in the Joseon Dynasty. Swords and similar weapons were banned from most people during this time which created a desire for weapons that could be held in plain sight without arousing suspicion. They became most popular among the Chungin (middle class) and Yangban (upper class).
Designed with freestyle light painting in mind; these kata blades will influence your movements based on weight distribution so they will move differently in hand.
For example, the KUNAI and the GADA are mid-heavy blades at 68grams each, but the weight focal point is located differently.
The KUNAI is faster since the weight point is closer to your light, and its movement stays closer to your arm. The GADA has its weight distributed all the way at the top, so it pulls your motions away from your body and opens you up to a very different result.
This also depends on the positioning of the blades in the KYO. They have been designed to place in any position you like, changing the weight and movement they create. As you can see in the video, blades can be used in many creative positions and designed to be used in pairs.
One of the highlights of this design is the contrast between the softness of the white engravings and the sharpness of the outer edges. It gives the impressions of soft and sharp focus, in the same light painting. We call it Dual Texture Effect.
In brief, the main composition elements are the 6 shapes, the 12 different engravings giving the Dual Texture Effect, the Weight Distribution Point and the Creative Positioning of the blade on the KYO system. Combined with colour filters, these elements offer infinite possibilities for you to explore, find your creative style and keep uncovering new magic with light.
We have seen light painting grow and become an international passion for many of us. Thanks to the web, to technologies and especially to the passionate hearts of light painters, we are now a large and growing community practising in over 60 countries. All of this is because you are sharing your passion and sharing your light.
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