Any sword lovers out there??

June 19th, 2004  

Topic: Any sword lovers out there??

Hey everyone......

I have one sword....... a katana to be exact. Dexter bought it for me and insists I learn to use it while he's gone (he 's got all sorts of swords, and alot of other weapons)

Anyway, I've read a little about Japanese swordsmanship, particularly Ia-do (don't know if I am spelling it right) and I do like the philosophies behind it........

Any sword lovers out there?
June 19th, 2004  
Someone call me?

My family sells swords and knives and edged weapons at local swap meets and gun shows. Swords are fun :P . I'm more into the European weaponry. My favorite is a Crusader Sword, Carlos V. You hang it blade down and it forms a cross.

Once my brother almost severed the tip of his finger cleaning a razor sharp Samurai sword. Idiot.

We also have a double-heading Viking battle axe I fell in love with. Its not exactly a sword, but same idea.

Are you familiar with the Dadao? That's scary.

June 19th, 2004  

The whole thing is still pretty new to me.......

I've seen alot of them.... and done some um.... *cough cough* onorthodox things with them, but I don't know a whole lot about them as of yet.... I'm trying to learn.

I have seen a battle axe though..... It is the only thing Dexter ever showed me that scared the heck outta me.

I'll have to ask Dexter what the Dadao is.... whenever I hear from him again. (Sorry..... waiting around for a guy thats fighting in a war can be rough when you have not heard from him in a while)

Anyway... griping done.
June 19th, 2004  
i only like sabers
June 19th, 2004  
Sorry about that

Unorthodox things with a sword? I'm sure that's an interesting story.

A Dadao is a giant Chinese head-cleaving sword. Terrifying, just terrifying. Hold on I'll dig up a picture.

It's bigger than it looks in the picture. About 3 feet long. They used em right up through WWII against the Japanese.

June 19th, 2004  

I just looked at that picture of the Dadao.......

Its not scary looking at all!! I'm sure you could do alot of scary things with it..... but its kind of a turn on to (I'm a strange chick). But I probably shouldn't say that....... There are probably lots of kiddoes reading this.........
June 19th, 2004  
Alright, keep it clean you all.
June 20th, 2004  
Its not scary looking at all!!
Maybe not looking scary but in hands of Yin style bagua zhang system master........................wouldnt like to piss him of.........
June 20th, 2004  
Ahhh...the cult of steel! I've been collecting swords (and other weapons) for fact, just this morning my family gave me a curved, Arabian-style knife as a Father's Day present. I also have a number of assorted sabres and rapiers, a couple of katanas, and a gladius.

I tend to shy away from weapons inspired by movies, with a few exceptions that well-meaning relatives pick up for me now and again.

Oddly enough, I actually know how to use most of the weapons in my collection; I have been active in medieval reenactments and live-action role-playing for nearly as long as I have been collecting.
June 21st, 2004  
Sgt. Nick Fury
Swords pay for my gas, rent and food so I'm rather partial to them. Also you were very close on the spelling; it is..... "Iaito". An Iaito sword is a practice blade meant for learning to draw the sword. In traditional Japanese martial arts most masters will have you training the drawing of the blade for possibly years before you do cutting with a fully functional Katana. The Iaito blade is usually lower in weight, it is also not tempered or sharpened. This is on purpose as you will be drawing this sword very very repetitively and it's less wear on your Tennis Elbow..there is Sword Elbow...=)

I'm of course rather partial to the Hanwei and Bugei Katanas as I do feel they are the HIGHEST quality/value cutting Katanas available on the market. Yes Iím biasedÖ.=)

I love western style swords as well....especially Viking and Roman era swords... When all is said and done though I have to say that the Katana is simply one of the most perfect blade designs in history. I am proud of my European heritage and love the European swords, but I have to say a TRUE deferentially clay tempered folded steel probably the greatest sword of human history. It is awe inspiring in itís art, science, and itís function.

That said that DaDao / Horse chopper was used pretty effectively as late as teh 1930's in WW2 against the Japanese.......course it was carried by LOTS and LOTS of really angry Chinese........=)

"To study the history of the sword, is to understand the history of man."