Discussion in 'Weapons' started by Dave Humm, May 22, 2006.
@ cudgel: because it withstood bullets that can go through walls?
Im fairly certain that any piece of hardened steel would be able to withstand the same force the very short period that katana did.
To put it into perspective walls are not, usually, made of hardened steel, and a wal of sufficient thickness will stop a .50cal round. Also a bag of sand will stop several rounds.
People who are in awe of this kind of spectacle are just looking for more reasons to worship an inanimate piece of metal used to kill humans due an over developed sense of romanticism.
One of the things that always bothers me about vid of 50cal machine guns being pitted against a fixed blade to that the blade is somehow t3h uber blade... (and don't get me wrong I do have a huge amount of respect for the craftsmanship and smith work that's gone into a properly forged blade of folded steel like the Japanese ones)
It's just sort a weird selective test. A bit like parlour trick really. No one is going to fire a 50cal pointed directly at your blade so the bullets get sliced neatly. I'm sure there was more than one Japanese soldier who rushed a position in the Pacific with sword in hand and found out the hard way as he became of crumpled heap of riddled with bullets.
agreed, the blade may withstand the bullets, but the stupid sod who plays jedi won't
ahahaha... that's sig material!
It's not a bit like a parlor trick, it is ALL parlor trick. It was a sorry waste of a traditionally made nihonto for the sake of television. It ranks right up there with the guys that cut a watermelon off of someone's stomach with an unsharpened iaito. "Stupid sword tricks" if you will.
Unless you're Neo.;P
with luck, folk will see this and stay away from playing with swords...
I just noticed having linked this article to another thread here, the images are missing, I'll fix that later when I get home, I guess the directory holding the images may have got deleted since 2006 when the article was written.
Fix coming soon.
Images are back in the document.
Apols for their loss at some point in the past.
I injured myself a few times when I started training. Nothing drastic though but I learned really quickly which one is the wrong hand.
What do you study?
I study bujutsu in the Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū. I've been living in Japan for over 10 years now.
Wow and you are asking about Hanwei swords in the other thread!
Well, as I said money is an issue, and I'd like to start with a cheap weapon. I looked into Japanese swords and the cheapest are already quite expensive for my means as far as what I could find.
Hmm yeah weapons aren't cheap.
Which Dojo are you studying at?
I study at the Sugawara Institute of martial arts in Tokyo.
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