The SAIF is a strong and elegant tool with a good balance between weight and speed. It progressively distributes its weight towards the top, giving it a nice dynamic throw. The BOLD is the perfect mix between textures and smoothness, while the ART has lots of textures with a touch of smoothness in the background.
Designed to be used as twin pairs… But follow your feelings above all!
INSPIRATION: The Arab sword, sometimes called a Saif (سيف) or a Shamshir depending on the era, has its origins in Arabia prior to the 7th century. Not much is known about this particular weapon, other than what Al-Kindi wrote in his treatise On Swords in the 9th century.
Also named the scimitar, defined as a backsword or sabre with a curved blade, originating in the Middle East. The curved sword or "scimitar" was widespread throughout the Middle East from at least the Ottoman period, with early examples dating to Abbasid era (9th century) Khurasan. The Persian sword now called "shamshir" appears by the 12th century and was popularized in Persia by the early 16th century.
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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