Diagrams of the Parts of a Japanese Sword
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And this is what happens when a masterfully crafted katana collides with a masterfully crafted longsword.
Suck it, katana
And that is what happens when a masterfully crafted scalpel collides with a masterfully crafted guillotine.
Does nobody understand that longswords and katanas are two different kinds of tool?Longswords are essentially sharpened fucksticks designed to destroy the shit out of anything resembling armor that comes their way. They shatter bone, jelly flesh, and essentially fuck people up by sheer inexorable force of being a goddamn sharp steel bar.
Katanas don’t do that.They’re not meant to withstand collision with armor or a brick wall or a charging fully outfitted warhorsebecause the circumstances of its development didn’t call for that. It’s a precision instrument. It’s designed to be lightweight, outmaneuver, and find weak spots, not go barreling into people hack-n-slashing your way to victory. It’s a specialized tool.
In a sense this reflects a core difference between cultures; katanas are a shitton of work and preparation to make the execution as efficient and streamlined as possible, while longswords are more durably and simply made in response to a climate that would require a soldier to be a one-man battering ram in battle.
You slam any blade into any other blade and one of them is at least going to get chipped, because you’re NOT SUPPOSED TO FUCKING DO THAT.
Medieval European / Japanese sword-fighting manuals didn’t have “Now Clang the Swords Together and Totally Ruin Them For No Good Reason Whatsoever” sections. That sword-clanging crap is from movies because you want to show a 2 minute dancey sword-fight and have to do something during that time, because in real sword fights it’s either over in 25 seconds with one guy on the ground, dead, or it goes on for 4 hours as two guys in armor wear themselves out, slamming the broad sides of the sword against the armor.
Swords aren’t lightsabers.
This is like proving a Volkswagen Beetle is a “crap car” by running it into a bridge pylon at 85 mph. It’s a pointless demonstration, because you’re not supposed to do that.
Neither one of these weapons was invented to cut another sword in half, Both were invented to cut a GUY in half. In slightly different ways, but still.
Just saying, the longsword is sitting on a solid surface, of course the katana isn’t going to win there.
To be honest, I’ve seen many video demonstrations of katana vs all kinds of swords and never seen the katana lose in a single one of them, and I’d like to see this video and the context of the video. If that’s a real tamahagane katana, I don’t think that should happen. The katana is generally regarded by collectors, enthusiasts, and of course historians, as being the perfect sword. An insanely honed weapon. In short, I’m skeptical as to whether or not that katana is genuine. For all I know, this video could be a demonstration of the problems inherent in fake or replica katanas?
Most importantly, I’d like to see someone bend a genuine tamahagane katana while the katana is being wielded by an 8th dan kendoka. You’d be staring at your own intestines on the floor at your feet or sliced clean in two before you could even lift your unwieldy “master crafted” longsword in order to strike.
So even if the katana loses against a stationary, ownerless longsword, an actual fight between the two would play out, much, much difficulty.
Miyamoto Musashi versus any European knight no matter how trained and I’d put my money on Musashi 100% of the time.
Japanese sword are made to be used specially by blocking with the blunt side of the sword, earlier European swords are a lot cruder in their make and function because they are expected to be used smashing against shields ect. The two can not be competed against one another, that’s like saying an F1 race car is better then a rally car, but what happens if you put it on a rally race track? Stop abusing swords by lobbing trees down and doing destruction tests with the weapons our ancestors once so highly thought of, a sword is not simply a bit of metal it’s so much more then that spiritually and scientifically. These objects deserve a lot more respect then that. If you can’t respect a sword for its own personality then you’re disgracing your ancestors and you don’t deserve the right to own, hold or use one!