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.
that, and the steel in longswords is just downright better. Katanas tended to start out from a chunk of metal that basically amounts to pig iron. I’d wager a “masterfully crafted” katana is made with just the same stuff.
The best Katanas are folded hundreds of times. And they use blended metals to make them. Long swords are chunks of metal. They both do exactly what they were designed for. It’s like comparing apples to oranges.
They have to fold them because the carbon content is so high they’d bend like noodles if they didn’t. Feudal Japan just didn’t have the luxury of high quality sources of iron everywhere.
The best katanas are not folded hundreds of times, are you kidding me? There would be 0 carbon left. You can get MAYBE 20 folds out of steel or something, but there’d be nothing left in it to keep it solid. Katanas are folded 8 times.
And long swords are not just chunks of metal. They’re folded too, or else they would just break against a hard breeze, basically.
Sounds about right. Of course the comparison remains pointless because they’re different tools for different jobs. It’s not that japanese craftsmanship isn’t very good, it’s just that by virtue of being on the japanese landmass they had a very different situation as far as natural resources go.
I wasn’t speaking on the comparison between to two swords
Sorry, wasn’t addressing that point, I was actually saying that excitedkoalas is correct in saying they’re apples and oranges. But yeah, there’s a lot of misconceptions about swords and it’s not just hollywood, I’ve seen nonsense about them in books, from talking to people, in the news and so on. Honestly anyone who even knows about sword folding to alter steel chemistry is alright by me. Most people I’ve spoken to seem to think steel swords are cast in a mold like a bronze one might be, and then they’re somehow just good to go. Maddening.
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