- Fri Jul 23, 2021 11:41 am
No sword can cut through slabs of solid steel, Katanas are good swords, especially for slashing, but no better than other swords like a cavalry saber or scimitar, also Katanas may be harder than other swords, but this is not a good thing, the best swords were made of spring steel, so they could flex, otherwise, some swords (like katanas forged in the traditional way) are prone to chipping, and if hit hard enough, could snap in two. And they definitely could not bisect someone wearing plate armour, of the european or japanese type, the chances are the sword would blunt before you got anywhere.
You can't fold steel anywhere near up to a million times, firstly it would take forever, secondly it would probably render the steel back into iron, or in the case of a million times, render it down into something that isn't really metal anymore.
Medieval Europe didn't conquer japan for two reasons, nothing to do with katanas, the first being that is it on the other side of the planet, secondly is that they have very little natural resources, and would not have been profitable (the americans in 1853 sailed up to a japanese port with some gunships and demanded that the country be opened for trade, the japanese accepted without a fight)
Katanas in WW2 Were almost exclusively ceremonial, and were only used to kill already wounded enemies, and when fighting got brutally close range. Also, for the entirety of japanese history, Katanas were a sidearm (once again, mostly ceremonial and used in non-mounted close range fighting) the main weapons used by Samurai were the Naginata (A Spear) And the Yumi (A Longbow)
Katanas are definitely not the "finest blades known to mankind" (although there is no such thing, all swords are good at certain things) again, i'm not saying that Katanas are bad, i like them, however some people seem to think that they are the essentially lightsabers, which is not true. (Sorry about this long and pointless rant, Katana weebs just really annoy me)