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damacus steel is really cool. and i mean the real thing, with trace carbon nano tube made before the 16th century, not this modren stuff.
the Katana has a special place in my heart.


Damascus steel is great! But if I were to have a Katana made from any material I choose, it would have to be a Titanium Alloy.
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I don't know. I've switched between many in my life and, much like most of the things I've done that with, I've ended up not keeping track with what's my favourite one.

I personally use a longsword but I only use that because it's what I'm trained in. I also like the rapier because it's probably the best sword for duelling - having only been replaced due to fashion. However, rapiers are also very good for my very stab heavy style of sword fighting so I may be biased. Basket hilted broadsword is more fun to use though - when fighting somebody as aggressive as you are, going back and forth during a fight is exhausting but some of the greatest fun you'll have in a sword fight.

Katanas are too short for my liking - due to my liking of stabbing a long reach is necessary.


Katanas come in many sizes, the ones I prefer are longer than your standard longsword. The art of using a Katana is far different than a longsword/broadsword, it takes skill and years of practice to deflect, counter, and out maneuver your opponent.
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The wing of a plane.
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Katanas are objectively shit swords. They just look cool.
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nemoskull wrote:

damacus steel is really cool. and i mean the real thing, with trace carbon nano tube made before the 16th century, not this modren stuff.
the Katana has a special place in my heart.


Damascus steel is great! But if I were to have a Katana made from any material I choose, it would have to be a Titanium Alloy.


Wasn´t Damascus steel the closest thing to a sword made of carbon nanotubes?
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aListers wrote:

I don't know. I've switched between many in my life and, much like most of the things I've done that with, I've ended up not keeping track with what's my favourite one.

I personally use a longsword but I only use that because it's what I'm trained in. I also like the rapier because it's probably the best sword for duelling - having only been replaced due to fashion. However, rapiers are also very good for my very stab heavy style of sword fighting so I may be biased. Basket hilted broadsword is more fun to use though - when fighting somebody as aggressive as you are, going back and forth during a fight is exhausting but some of the greatest fun you'll have in a sword fight.

Katanas are too short for my liking - due to my liking of stabbing a long reach is necessary.


Katanas come in many sizes, the ones I prefer are longer than your standard longsword. The art of using a Katana is far different than a longsword/broadsword, it takes skill and years of practice to deflect, counter, and out maneuver your opponent.


That's the same with all types of swords. Even katanas differ greatly from each other - even if not so much in looks. Katanas are curved however, which means that more emphasis is put on a better cut rather than longer range. A katana would make sacrifices in other categories if it was to be made longer. Generally, katanas are shorter than longswords though - different things are prioritised in a katana than a longsword. Sombody using a longsword would have to do just as much training to use it - albeit they are both very different styles and used in very different ways.
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PurpleDjango wrote:


nemoskull wrote:

damacus steel is really cool. and i mean the real thing, with trace carbon nano tube made before the 16th century, not this modren stuff.
the Katana has a special place in my heart.


Damascus steel is great! But if I were to have a Katana made from any material I choose, it would have to be a Titanium Alloy.


Wasn´t Damascus steel the closest thing to a sword made of carbon nanotubes?


Probably, but Titanium as an Element has the strongest 'Toughness' to density ratio known to the table of elements.

Titanium Alloy is the combination of Titanium and another bounded element, one might say it could be bonded with Damascus steel.

Titanium Alloy is often used in spaceship hulls due to its high durability and heat resistance, as it takes 2000 degrees F to melt.
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aListers wrote:


PurpleDjango wrote:


aListers wrote:

I don't know. I've switched between many in my life and, much like most of the things I've done that with, I've ended up not keeping track with what's my favourite one.

I personally use a longsword but I only use that because it's what I'm trained in. I also like the rapier because it's probably the best sword for duelling - having only been replaced due to fashion. However, rapiers are also very good for my very stab heavy style of sword fighting so I may be biased. Basket hilted broadsword is more fun to use though - when fighting somebody as aggressive as you are, going back and forth during a fight is exhausting but some of the greatest fun you'll have in a sword fight.

Katanas are too short for my liking - due to my liking of stabbing a long reach is necessary.


Katanas come in many sizes, the ones I prefer are longer than your standard longsword. The art of using a Katana is far different than a longsword/broadsword, it takes skill and years of practice to deflect, counter, and out maneuver your opponent.


That's the same with all types of swords. Even katanas differ greatly from each other - even if not so much in looks. Katanas are curved however, which means that more emphasis is put on a better cut rather than longer range. A katana would make sacrifices in other categories if it was to be made longer. Generally, katanas are shorter than longswords though - different things are prioritised in a katana than a longsword. Sombody using a longsword would have to do just as much training to use it - albeit they are both very different styles and used in very different ways.


Agreed both can be used, but only effectively with training, in my opinion a Katana is far more dexterous.
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butter knife


If you want to make it hurt, that is a good choice.
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My favorite would have to be a basket-handled broadsword, closely followed by the katana.

I actually pass a shop that sells swords on my way home from work. They have some beautiful looking katanas, but I expect they're all of crap quality. Either way, I've decided not to get a sword until AFTER I find a girlfriend who knows I'm not dangerous... to women at least...
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Modern metallurgy with very pure steels and new alloys brings all swords much closer together in terms of performance and quality.

I dislike titanium in blades since it does not take a very good edge. It's useful as a coating for making blades more resistant to scratches and rust, but from my experiences, titanium doesn't hold a good edge. It's difficult to sharpen as well. I prefer carbon steel or a spring-tempered modern silicon alloy.

The thing about katana is that there is less metal used in making one than is used in making a broadsword or a longsword. The blade geometry is different as well. So, objectively speaking, a katana is not as durable as a European broadsword. There's less metal and the blade is thinner, especially if the katana is made with blood grooves. The katana is faster and more well-balanced, though.

Straight swords with heavier points were made to deal with mail and plate armor. They tend to be better for thrusting due to the more reinforced point. Katana and other curved swords are made for slicing, although they can still be used for thrusting. In either case, sword users usually do not block with the edges of their blades. Doing so can destroy even a well-made blade. It's also a pain in the a** to get rid of large chips in the blade since it takes FOREVER to remove the amount of metal required. I sharpen by hand using waterstones and I hate it when I have to fix chipped blades.

Modernly, since nobody wears armor, a katana is probably a better choice if you want to defend your home or something and you don't want to use or don't own a gun. You probably don't want to be cutting hard and dense targets like chairs and oil drums, but if you must do so, you should probably use an axe or a sword with more metal behind its cutting edge.

Rapiers are pretty unique and can be lethal due to their swiftness and their ability to pierce deeply with every thrust but it appears they weren't as reliably lethal as cutting swords or thrusting swords with bigger blades. Although historical account do show people dying with a single thrust, there are many recorded cases of people surviving long enough to kill the person who inflicted the wound. This is why rapier users often use the rapier in one hand and a dagger in the other. The rapier is first used to inflict a wound and the dagger is used defensively or for finishing up close. Rapiers could also be grabbed, which is another reason to carry another blade in the free hand.
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Frostmourne 0_0 lol jk definitely the Katana you look awesome while cutting down your foes o_o
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A well weighted broadsword, bastard sword, or zweihander-like for me. I'm also quite fond of high quality steel katana.
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Excalibur.
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