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Tags:katana, drama, blah blah blah, Skallagrim, sword nerds
Submitted:Old_Zircon
Date:12/22/13
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Comment count is 34
Old_Zircon - 2013-12-22
Skallagrim1 hour ago

Well, I do like anthro art. Not sure if that alone classifies. :)
duck&cover - 2013-12-22
Mordred conjures up ye olde shite storme.
SteamPoweredKleenex - 2013-12-22
But what does the Fat Swordsman have to say about this?
Cena_mark - 2013-12-22
As a fellow sword nerd I agree with Sheamus. I like katanas, but they've been long over-hyped by weeaboos.
SolRo - 2013-12-22
and you're into anthro art too!

Cena_mark - 2013-12-23
Nope.

Caminante Nocturno - 2013-12-23
But you ARE a brony.

EvilHomer - 2013-12-23
Ponies aren't anthro.

Caminante Nocturno - 2013-12-23
Does Equestria Girls not count?

EvilHomer - 2013-12-23
Uhhh, no? They're not anthro ponies, Caminante. They're humans. Now, yeah, I guess there was like a couple minutes near the end where the magic of friendship caused the huMane Six to transform into hybrid pony-girls, but even those weren't really anthro. They were more like cat girls.

Cena_mark - 2013-12-23
ScaminanteNocturno don't know what he's talking about. I don't dig anthro. What do you guys think I am, some kind of dork?

kingofthenothing - 2013-12-22
Holy crap, I saw this some time ago. I would have thought it was already on here.
memedumpster - 2013-12-22
We all know lightsabers are the best swords ever. Way better than white people dressed like Ming the Merciless, if Ming made his clothes out of packing blankets and wielded a LARP sword.
memedumpster - 2013-12-22
In the time it took me to type the above, 12 people starved to death on earth. They starved because they didn't have a lightsaber.

SolRo - 2013-12-22
they were rich with taun-tauns but poor of lightsabers with which to cut them open.

Spaceman Africa - 2013-12-22
It's tape.
The Mothership - 2013-12-22
I agree with the man, but still this is a damn silly world where someone needs to make a 15 minute video to tell the world.
Riskbreaker - 2013-12-22
Axes>>everything else
poorwill - 2013-12-22
Pretty sure spears are the best brah.

EvilHomer - 2013-12-23
Lucerne hammer, motherfuckers.

TheSupafly - 2013-12-22
Thanks for pointing this video out to me, related videos to Lindybeige.
Old_Zircon - 2013-12-23
I watched a bunch of lindybeige videos a month ago an Skallagrim videos have been at the top of my Youtube recommendations ever since.

M-DEEM - 2013-12-22
The best sword is the one you sharpen from a hammered leaf spring and wrap with jute twine for a handle.

And chase the neighbor's cat with.
cognitivedissonance - 2013-12-23
Don't forget the Enochian sigils, or you're wasting your damn time.

Mr. Purple Cat Esq. - 2013-12-23
These medieval sword guys are always so reasonable and knowledgeable!
Adham Nu'man - 2013-12-23
Somebody should slap his face every time he says the word katana'
That guy - 2013-12-23
I made it just to 0:12 and the proper pronunciation.

EvilHomer - 2013-12-23
OK, OK, HOLD UP.

5:52. When he busts out the fake modern longsword.

http://youtu.be/Szn6AHiQqto

I don't fully agree with Lindybeige on this one, but I do think that the archeological evidence suggests the modern sword nerd community's focus on counterweights and fencing fluidity is a little anachronistic. Medieval combat wasn't like an RPG battle, where you try and land as many blows as possible to rack up the DPS, or like a LARP, where you simply need to tap your scrawny opponent to score a safe, simulated kill. If you were a true medieval warrior, you didn't just want your attacks to hit people, you needed your blows to count, and that meant favoring heavy blades that could crush shields and cleave through light armor.
SolRo - 2013-12-23
I haven't seen this mentioned, but I have to wonder if a reason for the large (thick) blades of medieval European swords (and gladius, etc) is for reliability.

Metalurgy wasn't perfect back then, so a thick blade would compensate for flaws in the structure. Crushing shields, parrying and cleaving light armor would put a lot of stress on a blade. Taking that into account (and how the design of these swords requires stabs for most lethal attacks) to have even a bit of the sword break in combat could render it nearly useless.

Oscar Wildcat - 2013-12-23
Ideally, the kinetic energy of your blow will scale linearly with the mass and as square law with the velocity of the blade. So if you can swing a 10 pound blade twice as fast as a 20 lb blade you'll deliver twice the energy to the target.

For each person there'd be a sweet spot where the weight is just heavy enough and you're swinging the thing as fast as you can. That's your sword.

I found driving fence posts that if the hammer was too heavy I'd just not be able to swing it fast enough, with little result. A lighter hammer fixed that problem.

Sexy Duck Cop - 2013-12-23
I once spent the weekend in Fresno with a sword nerd friend of mine and regret nothing. Anyone who makes fun of swords has never swung a sharp one. Remember that episode of Home Movies where coach McGuirk buys a bunch of katanas at 3 AM off QVC and spends the next day cutting the universe in half? That's what it feels like. Even with my shitty form I was pretty much splitting atoms in mid-air.
Comeuppance - 2013-12-23
As a knife and blade steel nerd, I got about 10 seconds in before I realized I had 533 more seconds left of listening to a guy with an annoying voice talk about something he could have effectively said in less than a minute.

He could have just said:

Cutting ability is a balance between the steel hardness, the composition of the steel, the grind on the blade, and the bevel angles. The shape of a katana does not lend it supernatural cutting powers, and, no matter how sharp a blade is, it cannot cut through harder materials (at least without suffering significant damage) nor will it stay sharp indefinitely.

Also, cutting through something of substantial mass and density (I.E., a thick tree) in one swing with just human strength would require a blade with a thickness that could only be reasonably measured in microns. Using a katana (or any sword) the pressure from the surrounding material would create so much friction that it would completely stop any cutting progress. This is why a good handsaw gets thinner behind the serrations - to reduce drag from the surrounding material.

As far as combat goes, there is no sword that is universally best. Your strategy, your target, and the overall situation all highly affect what will be an effective sword - and the Katana is not really any more versatile than most common European swords.

This needs to be discussed in depth, of course, because the ideal handling, use, and style of swords is an everyday concern that we can all relate to - what with the bands of marauding LARPers that roam the streets, beating innocents into submission with their PVC-pipe-with-pipe-insulation-and-duct-tape swords. We all must do our part and use actual swords to kill them without pity, hesitation, or remorse.
poorwill - 2013-12-23
Oh good, a nerd. I have long wondered if a baseball bat with a gladius-style blade would make for a good sword/short spear combo. I'd appreciate your thoughts.

Sputum - 2013-12-23
This information has literally never been useful, nor will it ever.
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