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does everyone want to be a ninja?
is it just that katana is the only style of sword they know by name?
why is the japanese katana always the sword of choice?
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because ninjas thats why
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Katanas are just typically more pleasing to look at as far as I am concerned. I find I like their designs more.
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swirly_commode wrote:

does everyone want to be a ninja?
is it just that katana is the only style of sword they know by name?
why is the japanese katana always the sword of choice?



well like the other guy its just a great sword to look at and its fact that its the greastest sword ever... ok like top 5 worthy really but its not really heavy folded steel.. i mean why wouldnt you? Look at some other swords of history.. besides a kattana i would only pick a broadsword or kriss
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its not heavy folded steal?
broadsword or kriss?
so you dont really have a style preference as much as just a sword aesthetics preference?
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I own one, I just think that they're awesome, and I like samurai's and the code they lived by.. I kinda wanna be one. O.o plus, I like japan and swords. It is also an elegant sword^^
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My dad would bring me gifts from different countries he would visit. I have a katana from Japan, some axes from the middle east, and some other goodies too. I just like how they look and if it had been a european style blade he brought me it would have been just as cool. Its just a style, plus the katana is a traditional japanese sword and well, you are on a website with a heavy influence from their culture. And who wouldn't want to be a ninja?
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it looks cool?
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They're often readily available, they can be pretty cheap, and they tend to look more expensive than other sword types in their price range. Also, it's a bit more difficult for them to look silly. Alot of the non-Japanese styles that are sold are far from authentic in design, which isn't necessarily an issue. The problem is that they can be far too fantastical in looks to be appealing. More importantly, the katana has become far more accessible to people than the others. I've gone to gun shows and whatnot, but Western blades prove to be much harder to come by. I'll find about 4 Western swords for every 20-30 katanas. There are better selection for others, like Chinese and Indian, but the katana still has many more.
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its not jsut this site that has a high percentage of katana owners but everywhere you go
its possibly the most popular sword in the world.
and teh reason you find them so much at gun shows is because more people are willing to pay decent money for a crappy katana shaped blade than they would for a good dao or jian.

besides, didnt ninjas use straight swords?

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Umm because suzuki katanas blow dick; kawasaki ninjas all the way =D
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Katana are, IMO, some of the most aesthetically appealing and stylish swords out there. Every ol' broadsword and greatsword looks similar and not many people sell custom fittings for them. With katana, you can swap out fittings and BAM, you have yourself a nice, memorable, unique sword. I own several and it's pretty addicting to come up with conceptual themes and then order parts to bring your idea to life. They just look so elegant. Not to mention how awesome clay-tempered edges look. It's like each sword has its own personality and handling characteristics.

And, no, ninja did not use straight blades. They used katana that were broken or abandoned on the battlefield. Sometimes they'd take a broken katana, ground it down, and mount it in a regular-length saya. This way, the shorter blade inside is drawn faster than the opponent expects. Sneaky.

It's also easier to get katana due to their popularity (but beware of many cheap fakes when looking to actually buy a usable one). I've been wanting to buy an authentic kwan dao (although that's not a sword but a pole-arm) for a while, but literally every single one I've seen is not suitable for real use.
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If you talk about why they are Incorporated in the design of a character out of eastern origin. Well:The katana is hailed as one of the strongest swords.
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swirly_commode wrote:

does everyone want to be a ninja?
is it just that katana is the only style of sword they know by name?
why is the japanese katana always the sword of choice?


it's said to be the most powerful martial artist's weapon.
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LuciferD666 wrote:

If you talk about why they are Incorporated in the design of a character out of eastern origin. Well:The katana is hailed as one of the strongest swords.


If that were true, swords from all over the world would have evolved into the form that is a katana. A katana against plate armor would be useless, as just one example. They were made to be hard and slice well, but they still break against most things that aren't Japanese armor and flesh.
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