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#9 - I think I read somewhere that in terms of ability to cut throu…  [+] (6 replies) 06/06/2014 on Ken Sama 0
#24 - Shmooglavoue (06/06/2014) [-]
Curved swords are generally better at cuts then straight swords. The reason being that you've got a smaller point of contact when the blade lands a cut, so more force is directed to a smaller area. This is also part of why an axe can land a stronger blow then a sword, even though the two weapon could weigh the same (the other reason being center of balance is closer to the axe blade, whereas a sword it's closer to the hilt, making it easier to move around and defend with).

I think the strongest contender for the best chopping sword is probably the Falcatta. It combines the properties of a sword with those of an axe, having a thick blade with the point of contact being a forward-curved blade. It chops into things very, very well, but at the cost of being less wieldly then other swords and thus more difficult to use defensively. It's also impractical to thrust with.
#42 - anon (06/06/2014) [-]
The curve also lets the connecting part of the blade do a sort of "slicing" motion, because most knives/swords/anything cuts better with mixed motion of pushing and sawing.
#19 - magjoeic (06/06/2014) [-]
It's true, a katana is only folded so many times to make up for the shittiness of Japanese Steel, clever but doesn't compare to smart forging of good steel
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#38 - citruslord (06/06/2014) [-]
It was a genius way to make up for their terrible steel quality, the folding as well as the heat treating process. The form of the sword is still genius and when forged with modern steel quality leads to a beautiful weapon. But everything has it's place, which is why they had other weapons to use.
#44 - anon (06/06/2014) [-]
Maybe the steel is "terrible" in some aspects as durability, but the steel can be polished and ground out very fine, I read it is because they used this "iron sand".
#45 - citruslord (06/06/2014) [-]
There's alot more to a good steel than you seem to think. Older steels like what comes from Medieval Europe and Japan are not pure enough to meet modern standards. There are specific heat and furnace environment conditions that have to be met to get the purest steel possible. Most of their steel would have tons of iron and slag inclusions that overall weaken the steel. That is the reason the Japanese would fold theirs, was to burn out and mix our some of those impurities, as well as control the carbon content. Europe didn't have as big of a problem with getting decent starting materials, so they were able to get away with less work in heat treating and forging, although their steel was generally much softer with less carbon.
Here's a good cross section of something on the left, which would meet modern standards, and the right, which wouldn't. That's why I'm such a fan of the Viking Ulfberht and Damascus, they had modern quality steels hundreds of years before Europe and Japan even had decent stuff.
#139 - Alrighty. No hard feelings, man.  [+] (1 reply) 06/02/2014 on wheresthefudge's profile 0
#140 - Cyopathic (06/02/2014) [-]
Ha. Ha. None at all.
#128 - I'm watching this with my boyfriend later, he's only seen the …  [+] (2 replies) 06/02/2014 on The Mountain VS The Viper +3
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#163 - darkor (06/03/2014) [-]
Record his reaction, the show it to us
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#158 - mrmask (06/03/2014) [-]
tell him that the fight will blow his mind.

though you were probably already thinking that
#137 - Wow. Points for creativity at least. If you were seri…  [+] (3 replies) 06/02/2014 on wheresthefudge's profile 0
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#138 - Cyopathic (06/02/2014) [-]
Kinda figured. I was just bored and didn't expect you to really take much amusement. Sure Cake is always good.
#139 - wheresthefudge (06/02/2014) [-]
Alrighty. No hard feelings, man.
#140 - Cyopathic (06/02/2014) [-]
Ha. Ha. None at all.
#71 - Haha! The result shall be the same!  [+] (1 reply) 06/02/2014 on War Games +3
#73 - jackmanagan (06/02/2014) [-]
yeah well ill be there and junk

and ill totally do the stuff to win the thing!