Oriental Weapons

Discussion in 'General Weapons & Armour' started by Gavaha, Aug 18, 2003.

  1. Dalleron

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    Ah, the Green Destiny Sword. It's a nice piece of work. A type of sword used in Kung Fu forms. I'd get it if I had the money, along with some other weapons.
     
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    green destiny looks cool, but ive heard it can be a bit twangy, the blade vibrates a lot when used. But its a good sword.

    And wooden swords are good, theyre mainly for training, but you can do some damage with them.
     
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    *nodnod* A LOT of damage :D
     
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    I wonder if the "twanginess" is on purpose. Crouching Tiger was on tv recently (the reason i believe it was brought up) and it looked like it vibrated alot. Again, I don't know if it is intentional or not but that seemed to be a thing with that sword.
     
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    well it may be by accident or on purpose, we all know it cuts like a hot knife through air, so it doesnt need a lot of weight or thickness in its swing, making it light and twangy. But in any case it looks well made and a decent weapon.
     
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    well, it twangs becuase it is so thin, and it seems pretty unrealistic, though, the whole movie is, In my opinion, the sword looked cool, but was a bad sword if it was really made and used
     
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    yes, thoguh unrealistic the film was good, with all the flying and such, it deserved the oscar.
     
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    it was an ok film. The fighting was crazy but i don't think it deserved an oscar for best film if that was what you were implying.
     
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    best film in a foreign language.
     
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    those are ninja swords (or ninjato) .. tachi and katanas, as previously said, are mostly curved.

    and most production companies use a more square guard (tsuba) for a ninjato than what is used on a katana, which most production companies will use a 4 lobed guard.

    D.
     
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    ah, well then, it should definitely have won. Of course, i don't know what it was up against.
     
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    I like killing people wit swords
     
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    I have a 3 sword set with stand, a long handle (12 inches) Ninja Katana and a Hara-Kiri Tanto.
     
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    Cool, any pics?
     
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    Broknpotre I know kung fu...

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    This is actually going to be two posts in one.

    First, about Japanese swords. In Japanese, katana just translates to 'sword'. Both the ninjato and the samurai katana are generically referred to as katana. They are basically the same sword, but the ninja had theirs heat treated differently so that it didn't curve. Ninjas like to use their swords as ladders and such, which works better without the curve. Samurai katanas are actually straight until the heat treating process, which warps them in a uniform manner.

    Second, in reference to the "twangy" chinese swords. The actual historical swords of China were made with much the same strength and thickness of European swords. They were said to vibrate only in the hands of a master swordsman, due to the intense energy he or she could send through the blade (supposedly with both well-developed skill and chi power). Nowadays, the sword-makers cheat by making demonstration sword with very thin, flexible blades. I guess wushu practitioners and such think it is more impressive to have a blade that wiggles and makes lots of noise, but personally, I'd me more impressed if they did their stuff with stiff blades.
     
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    Cool, I didn't know that about katanas.
     
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    i heard from someone who has a replica of the green destiny sword, that it is in fact very thin and a normal person could twang it like a harp.
     
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    Broknpotre I know kung fu...

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    Yeah, that's what I'm talking about. Most of the Chinese swords made today are really thin and flexible. They weren't that way when people were actually using them in battle.
     
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    yes i would imagine it would be a hinderance in the battlefield.