6/12/14 04:55 pm
When someone asks me "what's the best sword". My response is, "best sword for what". Hitting armor, hitting flesh, cutting plants, sawing, stabbing, cutting, execution, dueling, what? I like to compare swords with cooking knifes. The thing about cooking knives is there's so many. Each knife has a different shape and a different purpose. Bread knife, chef's knife, steak knife, paring knife, santoku knife, cleaver, etc. Chefs prepare food for a living. If you think they just randomly decided "this shape is best for cutting bread" you're a fucking moron. Also most otakus seem shocked when I mention this one invention called a shield. Some of them are like "our katana can cut through it" while others vaguely explain how they can somehow maneuver around it even though they've never encountered one or trained against one before. Swords have a hard time defeating shields. It's basic physics. The shield is the whole reason the flail was invented. The Japanese never encountered enemies using shields therefore never developed their weapons to be used against shields. But go ahead and continue thinking a katana can cut other weapons in half, cut shields in half, and cut the barrel of a gun in half. Such sentiments are commonly held by anime watchers, RPG players, and those who rely on movies as their main source. On an average Japanese battlefield almost no one would be using a katana and very few of the soldiers were samurai. Most of the fighting was done by peasants who would be using bows, spears, or even guns. The samurai were the aristocracy and most of them sat on their asses with their expensive swords and costumes while peasants under their command fought. The peasants didn't use swords, they used spears. Here are some simple facts. 1. There is no video or written evidence that the katana can cut solid steel or do other "magical" things we keep hearing, but there are thousands of historical katanas in collections with bent and chipped blades. 2. There is no metallographic evidence that katanas are somehow different to other steel swords in the world. 3. There is no evidence that Chinese, Koreans, Mongols, and Europeans were impressed by Japanese swords and bought them in huge amounts to replace their own "crude" swords. In fact just the opposite happened. During the Meiji Era, the Japanese police switched from using katanas to using European style sabers.
6/12/14 04:52 pm
Today we have legalized pornography. We have legalized abortion. We have a tremendous drug culture. We have crime on an unprecedented scale. And it's all evolution's fault. Saint Pope Pius X please pray for us.
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