Burchwood - Wrong. The Portuguese established trade with Japan in 1540's. The rapier was the primary weapon of the nobility. They did have wheel lock firearms but they were limited in availability and unreliable.
SakuraMishimoto - Sou
On par with fighters of similar skill and experience, rapier wins over katana. I will not technically explain to you morons who keep thinking katanas are superior over other melee weapons. I thought the same at first.( I own a katana.
@kpopberserker: what are you talking about? by the time europe found japan they where past the melee age and into the gun age of weapons so you can't say they where always better because the type of weapons where completely different, idiot
they guy with the rapier doesn't know how to use his weapon. he should be using evasive steps with thrusts used through out. and you NEVER parry with a rapier, you will end up dead with a broken weapon...
Please, types of swords don't mean anything. It is 100% the skill of the person using them. This clip is just mental masturbation by escapist idiots. Expert sword users mostly have agreed the katana is the best all around cutting weapon.
The katana's first move was three overhead strikes blocked by the rapier "clang clang clang" that would have broken the rapier the first time metal hit metal. Then they do a nice high five clanging swords again. It's cute but that's all.
The smart Katana user knows the Rapier is fast but flimsy. He would stay out of pin-cushion range until he could get a good solid hit--and a Katana can thrust too. Just a hit on the opponent's sword arm would be enough to decide it.
In a real duel, there's no way in Hell a Rapier-style user is going to parry a heavier slashing blade, he'd stay out of range and come in when he had an opening for a vital spot like an eye, throat, heart. Rapier has a long, quick reach.