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Ice_Blue_Eyes wrote:

[Just for those who really don't know what a Katana is or who might be confused on the specifics and/or those who want to have a discussion or friendly debate.]

First I'll start by saying what a Katana is NOT.

A Katana is NOT a "Samurai Sword."
A Katana is NOT a Tachi.
A Katana is NOT a Toy.
A Katana is NOT made of stainless steel.
A Katana does NOT transform into a giant sword that is bigger than the wielder.
A Katana does NOT have magic powers.
A Katana is NOT the greatest sword on earth.
A Katana is NEVER straight. ["Ninja Swords" never existed historically.]
A Katana is hardly ever used to parry or block another sword.

What IS a katana?
A Katana IS a Shinken. [Though a Shinken is not always a Katana]
A Katana IS a Daito. [Though a Daito is not always a Katana]
A Katana IS a durable cutting sword which in use is very effective at killing.
A Katana IS a Dangerous Weapon that should be taken seriously at all times and not played with.

Specifications:
First off, calling it a "Samurai Sword" is as silly and stupid as calling a Peacmaker Revolver a "Cowboy Gun" or an arming sword a "Knight Sword." Furthermore aside from being silly and incorrect, it was not used alone by the samurai until the Sword Prohibition Act and even then I am sure some were in secret possession.
Shinken just means "Live Blade" which is not always a Katana. First off, a Katana was worn edge up thrust through an Obi. A "Katana" had very strict measurement rules. If it wasn't constrained to those specific rules, it wasn't a katana. What about a tachi? A tachi is a sword similar to a Katana but with more of a curve and it is worn with fittings to armor edge down. A tachi certainly isn't a Katana, but people often mix them up. Or you can be very vague and list "Daito" which means "Long Sword"

Technically, "Katana" is the only real word for a "Katana." Informally, you can call it whatever you want, but you'd be incorrect. I for one am rarely informal.

So you can list Daito, Tachi, Shinken, and it would all point to a sharpened long sword, but a Katana is in a league of it's own.

Furthermore, one can NOT use a katana properly without formal instruction from a certified instructor. You can NOT learn swordsmanship from books or videos or movies or clips. Only a certified instructor can teach you swordsmanship. To wield a sword without instruction from a certified instructor proses a danger to not only yourself but to anyone and anything around you. Wielding a stainless steel blade is dangerous as well but for the fact that it is not proper metal for a sword, which is why they are called "Wallhangers" and not "Swords" and can break with little resistance as seen in this very real (and funny) clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2EQWCpnIR8

Feel free to comment, have a friendly debate, and add you're own information.


let me add on that ..........

-samurai swords are bigger than kitanas
-samurai uses kitana for sepuku (hara kiri)
-samurai also use it as a secondary weap.
-samurai, ninja (ect) do not block they dodge than strike cause blocking would ruin blade
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Posted 5/26/08

j-von wrote:

let me add on that ..........

-samurai swords are bigger than kitanas
-samurai uses kitana for sepuku (hara kiri)
-samurai also use it as a secondary weap.
-samurai, ninja (ect) do not block they dodge than strike cause blocking would ruin blade


........... There are no "Samurai Swords" nor "Kitanas"
Samurai did not use a "kitana" nor a katana for seppuku. They used a wakizashi, aikuchi, or tanto.
What do you mean by secondary weapon?
Ninja were not martial warriors.
Samurai DID block, but evading took precedence. Ever heard of parrying?
If you block with the edge, the sword will likely break or atleast chip or ruin it. If you block with the side, the force is distributed.
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Ice_Blue_Eyes wrote:


j-von wrote:

let me add on that ..........

-samurai swords are bigger than kitanas
-samurai uses kitana for sepuku (hara kiri)
-samurai also use it as a secondary weap.
-samurai, ninja (ect) do not block they dodge than strike cause blocking would ruin blade


........... There are no "Samurai Swords" nor "Kitanas"
Samurai did not use a "kitana" nor a katana for seppuku. They used a wakizashi, aikuchi, or tanto.
What do you mean by secondary weapon?
Ninja were not martial warriors.
Samurai DID block, but evading took precedence. Ever heard of parrying?
If you block with the edge, the sword will likely break or atleast chip or ruin it. If you block with the side, the force is distributed.


hahaha, you are right about the blocking with the side of the blade. I just find it funny because in some animes they DO block attacks with the edge of the sword, and the blades remain perfect haha. I know it's anime and it doesn't necessarily have to be realistic, but I just find it kinda funny.
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Posted 11/16/08
But do you think its possible, that after being hit on the edge a blade didn't have any nicks or chips?
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