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post #76 of 84
I would think of swords that actually existed the Katana would be awesome. Meant to be perfectly balanced and sharp. Gladius too, if only because it could penetrate armor fairly well.

But we all know that when the lightsaber is invented (and you all know some nerd somewhere is eventually going to figure it out) it'll kick the butts (hilts?) of every other blade out there (though it's more laser than blade isn't it?).
post #77 of 84
S**t!
post #78 of 84
Deadliest sword? My Hanwei/Paul Chen Practical Pro Katana!!! Actually thats a cheap chinese copy, but still real functional carbon-steel sword for light martial arts usage.

Katana is perhaps most overhyped sword and full of misconceptions. Yes, IMO its most beautifully crafted sword ever, everything in it is a piece of art like Hamon line and Hada pattern, gorgeus silk ito wrapping, everything looks perfect in it.
But there is a lot of hollywood crap around its superiority.

Yes, its differentially tempered, meaning it has hard edge and soft back, and it adds a beautifull cloudy line to cutting edge, a Hamon. This method allows very sharp edge without it shattering to your eyes, but edge is still brittle and blade can bend easily under hands of rookie after accidentally botched cut.
And it only has one edge, so versatility is limited. Also being curved, reach is also more limited than with straight sword. Well, being curved it has very effective slicing motion when cutting. Cuts thru flesh and leather like butter if one knows how to strike right.

It is also folded. A steel was folded over and over again, even perhaps different hardiness of steel was folded over another. This creates a very cool looking wood grain and burl pattern to blade. However, both of these techiques were not unknown for western blade smithing culture. Why Japanese used these? They HAD to. Ironsand in Japan was VERY POOR quality, so these methods had to be used to produce serviceable sword. Fold hammering process hammered and evened the impurities away and combined with differential tempering produces a usable sword. No magical knowledge, just necessity. In western swords these techniques, while known, were unnecessary cuz steel was much cleaner and folding would have provided nothing, just aesthetic beauty, (and there are such swords in west too, like folded "Viking swords" and damascus blades and so on) and differential tempering works only in single edged sword cuz that process forcefully curves the blade. West preferred double edged straight ones.


But i still love it because of its beauty. Close second would be Bastard/Hand-and-half sword.
post #79 of 84
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Originally Posted by redshifter View Post
probably the roman 1st century pompeii sword:

it's what built the roman empire.
That's a mean sword, what's that made out of.
post #80 of 84
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That's a mean sword, what's that made out of.
i believe by this time the romans were using steel.
post #81 of 84
Please, everyone knows by now that the mop handle is the mightiest of "swords" in the hands of a master:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPPj6viIBmU
post #82 of 84
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Please, everyone knows by now that the mop handle is the mightiest of "swords" in the hands of a master:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPPj6viIBmU
That video reminds me of something I saw on the boobtube [History Channel (?)] about the English quarterstaff. They showed a reenactement of one man, in period English costume, with a quarterstaff, fighting two men, in period Spanish costume, with rapiers and daggers. He took them both!

Laz
post #83 of 84
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That video reminds me of something I saw on the boobtube [History Channel (?)] about the English quarterstaff. They showed a reenactement of one man, in period English costume, with a quarterstaff, fighting two men, in period Spanish costume, with rapiers and daggers. He took them both!

Laz
Most likely a skill or acting issue, but staves have been historically effective weapons.

According to myth, Miyamoto Musashi's only defeat came against Musō Gonnosuki wielding a Jō staff. Then again, the myth comes from the school Musō Gonnosuki founded tō teach Jō staff techniques...
post #84 of 84
can't go wrong w/ some Japanese Steel..

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