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  1. #11
    Maybe that explains CJ's 186 world record.

    But holy shit... that is seriously crazy, both the radioactive metal and not testing for radiation.

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    Crazy man.

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    Holy shit!! I just ordered it today, too, from Rogue. There was nothing about testing.

    Hopefully, I'll be alright.

  4. #14
    I'm not trying to generate any panic here. It's just something to be aware of. There is no law requiring anyone to test vehicles or other goods. The problem still pops up. Bed, Bath and Beyond had to recall stainless steel bowls because they were found to be radioactive. All those vehicles that washed to sea and bathed in radioactive waste water at Fukushima were scrapped and the metal has been recycled and ended up God knows where. What's worse is officials are basically taking the stance of "nothing to see here...nothing to worry about". Shipping ports in the US only scan a handful of containers per day and it's been reported their scanners are set to only detect alarmingly high levels. The EU has raised the allowable levels of radiation 300% since the disaster.

    If you ordered through Rogue, the Uesaka bar drop ships from the Uesaka factory. Rogue is basically processing the payment for you. They will not have any information on this. The Uesaka factory responded to my inquiry with (I have the email from Joe Hamblin) "We have never, no will we in the future, test our bars or equipment for radiation". This tells me that if something did come up, you'd have to prove it didn't happen in a shipping container and would probably be out the money.

    The thought of bringing something like a barbell into my home that could potentially harm my wife's and daughter's health is about the most selfish and avoidable thing I can think of. I've personally always wanted a Uesaka bar, but it's just not worth the risk.

    It may also be worth noting (since you did purchase) that during my exchange, I learned Rogue hasn't updated their website: Uesaka competition bars are no longer done in hard chrome. Both the training bar and the competition bars are done in the gold colored, electroplated nickel coating.

    Good luck man, everything will probably be fine. If you decide to follow through and accept the bar, I would recommend running it down to your local fire department and have them check it as a piece of mind. I just didn't want the hassle. I'll just get an Eleiko or something. I haven't decided yet.
    Last edited by RW01; 08-24-2017 at 08:34 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RW01 View Post
    Good luck man, everything will probably be fine. If you decide to follow through and accept the bar, I would recommend running it down to your local fire department and have them check it as a piece of mind. I just didn't want the hassle. I'll just get an Eleiko or something. I haven't decided yet.
    I just might do this, for piece of mind like you said. I agree that it will most likely be fine, I just didn't realize this would even be something to consider.

    However, I have to think that if this were a problem, somebody in the weightlifting world would have said something. Idk, though, like you said they could be trying to keep it hush hush.

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    Uesaka / thread

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    Well I guess I wont be commissioning or procuring any nihonto anytime soon.

    Not that I have 10-20k burning in my pockets.

  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by RW01 View Post
    Just a heads up, I was working with Joe on a quote and almost pulled the trigger on a Uesaka bar; however the company replied that they have no interest in testing their bars for radiation. The radiation following the Fukushima disaster is ongoing and radiation is not only being detected as far south as Tokyo, but it's turning up in goods, including vehicles, and in scrap metal shipments. My local fire department said they would test the bar for me, but I decided to avoid the hassle. The Uesaka factory is only 130km from Fukushima and they get their steel west of there.

    The Fukushima problem has not gone away. Below are some links:

    http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/south-ko...ation/40547886
    https://www.wired.com/2011/10/ff_radioactivecargo/all/1
    http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-w...e-scrap-metal/
    http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2014/j...ing-caribbean/
    http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/2...ead/lead1.html
    http://www.longshoreshippingnews.com...-in-rotterdam/
    http://enformable.com/2011/10/radiat...cars-in-japan/
    http://enformable.com/2014/04/contam...8Enformable%29
    http://autoweek.com/article/car-news...g-central-asia


    god damn it...now i gotta sell my car. I never even thought about that...and so much for ever buying a new WRX. You just crushed my dreams...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Hutchinson View Post
    god damn it...now i gotta sell my car. I never even thought about that...and so much for ever buying a new WRX. You just crushed my dreams...
    Popped some iodine tablets, no care.


  10. #20
    Quick update: My new Uesaka bar came yesterday, and I'll be lifting on it this afternoon. However, I noticed after removing it from the packaging that the sleeves don't rotate very well. There's no sticking points or anything, just that it's somewhat difficult to spin the bar. Is this normal for a dry Teflon system?? Will it loosen up over time as I start to use it??

    It looks and feel awesome by the way!! I really like the plating on the bar and the knurling is exactly what I was looking for!!

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